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The impetus for this site was to chronicle the journey we were undertaking to adopt our daughter from China.  As time goes on we will add more Kerber-centric content.  But for now please indulge us in all things China/adoption etc......









Yummy recipes will be posted here.  Congee is a staple food for Chinese babies.  Looks delish, yes?


Congee Recipe


1/2 cup short-grained rice
1/2 cup glutinous rice
6 cups Chinese chicken broth, or
6 cups regular chicken broth with 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 1 slice ginger the size of a quarter


Wash rice. Place in pot with Chinese chicken broth, or regular chicken broth to which soy and ginger has been added.

Bring to a boil. When boiling, reduce heat to low. Cook for 2 hours, partially covered, stirring frequently. Soup is done when it reaches a porridge-like consistency. Remove ginger slice if you have added it.

You can add chopped bok choy, or small slivers of chicken. Leftover turkey after a Thanksgiving meal is another great addition, and a turkey carcass can provide a nice broth instead of chicken soup.

Serves 6 - 8.




Map of China showing the province of Jiangsu highlighted.

A map of Yixing [Yicheng], Jiangsu, China. Click to see the map on MSN Maps & Directions

A map showing the city of Yixing (pronounced ee-shing), in Jiangsu province, China.  Where Lily is waiting for us.

More Info about the city of Yixing and Jiangsu province.

YiXing (pronounced ee-shing) teapots first appeared during the Sung Dynasty (960-1279) in the YiXing region of China, located in the Jiangsu province, about 120 miles northwest of Shanghai. The Jiangsu province is the world's only source for the unique clay from which YiXing teapots are made, called purple or red clay. YiXing teapots were relatively unknown for many years until the late Ming Dynasty (1600s) when their use and production began to flourish. Demand from Europe and throughout China fueled an active industry in which many artists developed their craft to high levels of mastery.

Jiangsu, an eastern Chinese province, has over 1000-kilometer (620 miles) coastline along the Yellow Sea. There are two great rivers flowing through the whole province: Yangtze River from west to east and Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal from north to south. With an area of 100,000 square kilometers (38,600 square miles), Jiangsu is populated by Han, Hui, Manchu and other ethnic groups. Its population totals 73.54 millions. The neighboring areas of Jiangsu are Shandong Province in the north, Anhui Province in the west, Shanghai Municipality and Zhejiang Province in the south.












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