the appetizer:

Chinese cooking, like most of Asia, focuses first on a starch like rice or noodles, then adds an accompaniment of meat or seafood, rather than meat first, starch and vegetables second, as found in European-influenced cuisines. Recipes in China are as diverse as the language, with its 80,000 characters, and Chinese immigrants have brought this complex culinary heritage to almost every region of the world.



Almond Cookies

1 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon almond extract
2-1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup blanched almond halves
1 egg beaten

In a large bowl with electric beaters, cream the shortening and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Add the almond extract.

In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. With a wooden spoon, gradually stir the flour mixture into the shortening. The dough should be fairly firm. Divide the dough in half and roll each into a log, about 1-1/2 inch in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the dough crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. Top each cookie with an almond half. Brush cookies lightly with beaten egg. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until light golden brown.


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