Happy Chinese “Dragon” New Year

恭賀新禧 & 年年有餘
Happy New Year & Wishing you a prosperity 2012.

Chia-Li Chien Jan. 7, 2012

The Chinese New Year 2012: Year of the Dragon is on January 23rd 2012. Famous people born in the Year Of The Dragon include Bruce Lee, Courtney Cox, John Lennon, Keanu Reeves, Nicolas Cage, Reese Witherspoon, Russell Crowe, Sandra Bullock, and Shirley Temple. Of course most famous of all, my MOM and my father-in-law.

Few things must have prior to the holiday to achieve a prosperous year are:

New Year Cake , 年糕 pronounced “Nian Gao” is a sweet steamed glutinous rice-like cake. Ingredients include dark brown sugar, hot water, banana extract and sticky rice flour. There are ready-mix packages, but the end product is not as good. I make mine from scratch. And see my “Nian Gao.” Here is my recipe.

Fa GaoAbundance Cake 發糕 pronounced “Fa Gao” is like a muffin but steamed. Ingredients include rice flour, sugar, flour and banana extract, or you can get a ready-mix for them now. I think the package mix is pretty good. The secret lies on the degree of “steam” from your pot. Here is my “Fa Gao”.

You can read the entire article about this tradition from my business blog “Good Luck Chinese New Year Cake.”


About Chia-Li Chien, PhD candidate, CFP®, PMP®

Chia-Li Chien, PhD candidate, CFP®, PMP®; Chia-Li “like JOLLY,” Succession Strategist of Value Growth Institute, dedicated to helping private business owners increase their company equity value. She is the award-winning author of the books Show Me The Money and Work toward Reward. Chia-Li is an Instructor & CFP® Program Director at Ball State University and Adjunct Faculty of the American Management Association. Her blog and newsletter were named a Top Small Business Resource by the New York Times You’re the Boss blog. Schedule your appointment today! http://valuegrowthinstitute.com/index.php/Sch-Appointment
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