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This week's recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

December 24, 2011 |  1:00 pm


This week is all about celebrating Christmas and the holidays!  Writer Jenn Harris shares her Chinese grandmother's holiday dinner tradition:  

My Chinese grandmother, Tina, sits to my right at the head of our Christmas dinner table, the matriarch of the family, poised, shoulders up straight and a sincere look on her face. She quietly eats her food, listening to her family as we loudly banter.

I'm admiring her, mid-bite into a beautifully golden pork rib. My hands are sticky from the sweet glaze, and I'm busy searching the packed table of food before me for another napkin.

"Pass the sweet rice, please," squeals my younger sister Jessica, oblivious to the bliss I'm experiencing. She playfully nudges me to hurry up....

In addition to sharing her tradition, Jenn also shares her grandmother's recipes for barbecue pork ribs and sweet rice.

This week's recipes include:

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Photo: Barbecue pork ribs. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.