Chinese New Year Skillet #SundayFunday
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According to Wikipedia: The Chinese New Year is associated with several myths and customs. The festival was traditionally a time to honour deities as well as ancestors. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the New Year vary widely, and the evening preceding the New Year's Day is frequently regarded as an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Another custom is the decoration of windows and doors with red paper-cuts and couplets. Popular themes among these paper-cuts and couplets include that of good fortune or happiness, wealth, and longevity. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. For the northern regions of China, dumplings are featured prominently in meals celebrating the festival. It often serves as the first meal of the year either at midnight or as breakfast of the first day.
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- Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet, sauté the diced pork until well browned on all sides, then add the bell pepper, stirring another 5 minutes or so, until the bell pepper also begins to brown. Add in: can of pineapple tidbits (with juice), vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic powder, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire, and soy sauce. Stir gently to blend. Bring to a low simmer, cover, and allow to simmer for 20 minutes until the meat is tender.
- Taste and adjust seasonings. Stir the cornstarch and water together in a small bowl to create a slurry and whisk it into the sauce. Bring back to a low simmer until thickened.
- Turn off the heat, and serve over the rice.
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