The Christmas tree has been taken down and the party hats from New Year's Eve are packed away. But don't let the winter blues take over. Instead, usher in the Chinese New Year!

In 2009, the Chinese New Year begins on January 26 and is celebrated with cultural traditions as well as the culinary delights featured below.

Kick off this fun feast with authentic dishes such as Asian Spring Rolls (including a peanut dipping sauce!) and Chinese-Style Pork Tenderloin.

Asian Tossed Salad, Stir-Fried Lemon Chicken, Almond Tea and plenty of steamed white rice complete the Asian-inspired menu.

Chinese New Year Recipes

Asian Tossed Salad
Cubed chicken marinates overnight in a sweet and salty sauce, giving every bite great flavor. Fried wonton strips add fun crunch to this main-dish salad. —Jennifer Pate, Kingman, Arizona

Stir-Fried Lemon Chicken
Stir-fry is such a terrific entree to serve to guests because the main ingredients can be cut up and refrigerated in advance. This recipe created in out Test Kitchen has a wonderful lemon flavor. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Chinese-Style Pork Tenderloin
This tasty main course has authentic Asian flair. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Asian Spring Rolls
The peanut dipping sauce is slightly spicy but really complements these traditional vegetable-filled spring rolls. They take some time to prepare but are well worth it! —Nirvana Harris, Mundelein, Illinois

Almond Tea
Almond extract gives traditional tea a tasty twist. Serve cupfuls alongside an Oriental-theme meal or with an assortment of desserts. —Dixie Terry, Marion, Illinois