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A child watches as adults make dumplings ahead of the Chinese lunar new year at a village on the outskirts of Beijing, China, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Chinese in mainland China hand make and eat dumplings to mark the start of the Year of the Rooster on Jan 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Villages and cities across China are preparing this weekend to celebrate Lunar New Year, though few feasts are as elaborate as the one in Liuminying, a hamlet in Beijing’s suburbs. Festivities in recent years have been more muted as China’s economy has slowed down — hitting its lowest level of growth in three decades last year — and its top political leadership has issued calls for austerity.

This October 2016 photo shows filet mignon with basil pistou in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah E Crowder via AP)

My boys love all kinds of steaks, though a perfect, tender filet distinctively communicates “special occasion.” They are no harder to cook than any other steaks; just make sure to have the temperature high enough in the pan that the outside gets nicely seared while the middle remains pink, and be careful not overcook it. A medium rare filet will have an internal temperature of 130 F.