This time it’s Chinese New Year. It is the year of the rat in 2008. My family and I have been celebrating for almost two weeks prior to today. Tonight we had a New Year’s eve dinner thing. Lots of traditional Chinese food. We also had some ridiculously expensive to make soup. Some of the ingredients included were abalone, shark fin and dried scallops. The soup was more expensive to make than any of the “gourmet” dinners that I cook. It’s nuts. Friday I have New Year’s dinner with my extended family. Saturday, my family is making another New Year’s dinner. Very busy time for us Chinese folk.