Colorado Table

Like the shamrock, mint is green, which helps to explain why recipes for lamb with a sweet-and-sour mint sauce abound in Ireland (and throughout the British Isles). My version of the sauce isn’t sweet — I’m no fan of sweet in my savory — but it is bright green, deeply flavorful and refreshing, a tangy complement to some thin and crispy lamb chops.

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.