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Potstickers

My first dim sum experience was a life-changing one.  Various types of food passing by for me to pick up at my leisure is the stuff that goes on in my dreams.

The one dish that always stands out to me above all is the potsticker.

Now, I must tread lightly here because I’m out of my element.  I know that there is a Chinese version and a Japanese version of this dumpling.  People refer to potstickers as gyoza which is a Japanese version, which I think originally comes from the Chinese version.

I don’t know which way mine swings – towards Japan or China.  All I can account for is that it is divine and will serve me well until my next dim sum reservation.

And with a spicy dipping sauce to boot.

Now that I’m familiar with working with the wrappers and the filling, my next logical stop will be here, another item on my Kitchen List.

Potstickers

Ingredients:

  • 1 package wonton/dumpling wrappers – I bought the frozen kind that I thawed overnight in the fridge.
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 stalks green onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 (6 oz) package mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic chili sauce (you can use Sriracha), optional
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  • Heat sesame oil in pot over medium high.
  • Add garlic and mushrooms until lightly browned and mushrooms are cooked – approx. 5 minutes.
  • Place mushroom mixture into a large bowl.  Make sure to remove any moisture.  I usually squeeze out the water from the mushrooms (after cooking) with a spoon and then throw it into the bowl.  You can also squeeze inside a cheesecloth or dab with a paper towel – just make sure its cool enough to handle.
  • To the mushroom and garlic mixture, add the pork, green onion, vinegar, soy sauce and chili sauce.
  • Spoon a teaspoon size amount of the mixture into each wrapper.
  • Secure the ends so that the dumpling is closed tight.
  • After making all your dumplings, heat a pan (that has a lid) 1 tbsp oil until very hot over medium high heat.
  • Place your dumplings in the pan.  Leave space between each dumpling so they do not touch each other.
  • Once the bottoms have browned, usually about a minute after heating, the need-to-be-careful part comes.
  • With one hand I hold the lid (my right hand) and with the other hand I hold the water.  I quickly add the water to the pan and shut it closed with the lid.  The mixing of the oil and water will cause sputtering so please be careful!  So cover immediately and let the dumplings steam inside the pan until the wrapper is translucent.  It usually takes about 3-4 minutes.
  • You can use the same pan for the next batch, but I wipe down my pan with a paper towel so that I can remove any remaining water/oil when I pour another tablespoon of oil.
  • Serve hot with the dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic sauce (or Sriracha)
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 stalk green onion, sliced thinly

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients and serve.

*You can most certainly tweak the sauce per your taste.  If you want something more tangy, increase the vinegar.  For spice, I also thinly slice a jalapeno pepper or serrano pepper and add it to the sauce to soak.

Are you a fan of dim sum?  Do you like potstickers?  Do you know the difference between the Japanese and Chinese version?  Inform me! 🙂

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Oh Mama!

Bread is my weakness.  Kill me.

Garlic is my lover.  Let’s make out.

Butter is my friend.  Hug me.

The kitchen is my temple.  Let’s pray.

Oh.

Good.

God.

 

Garlic Bread
Adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp parsley leaves, minced

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to  350 F.
  • Mash the minced garlic and salt together.
  • Add butter and mesh.
  • Add olive oil, salt and parsley, and incorporate.
  • Lay bread down.
  • Leaving room on the bottom of the bread, cut 1 inch pieces.
  • In the cut spaces, spread with butter mixture.
  • Wrap in foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Unwrap and bake for 5 minutes.

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Semi Olie-Made

Do you guys watch Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Cooking on the Food Network?  (When I had cable), I used to.  Prior to knowing anything about it, I thought the idea was ingenious.  She cooked the way I cooked way back then.

Doctoring up pre-made food was the name of the game.  And I was a playa!

The one thing I knew best was how to doctor up spaghetti sauce.  Why I couldn’t just prepare homemade spaghetti sauce – I don’t know.  But, let me share.

I don’t like jarred spaghetti sauce.  I don’t know if it’s the massive amounts of sugar they put in there or what.  I can never eat a jar of spaghetti sauce without doing something to it.

Let me introduce you to the ‘something’:

Saute with olive oil over medium heat until soft and caramelized.  (I like my marinara a little chunky so I leave the red bell pepper bigger, but feel free to omit or mince based on your preference.) 

Then comes the kicker – the wine.  Binks and I usually have about half a glass left in the wine bottle that we definitely do not want to waste!  Add it after the veggies are done caramelizing.

Add the jar of tomato sauce and simmer for about 20-30 minutes over low heat.

At this point you can use an immersion blender to puree everything or just leave as is – chunky! 🙂  Feel free to make it your own at this point with the addition of basil or parmesan cheese.

Serve with your favorite pasta!

Perfect quick way to use up that spaghetti sauce in the pantry for dinner!

I would suggest this to Sandra Lee, but then….

….. the Kwanzaa cake episode arrived….

Oh. God. No.

What do you doctor up?  Do you watch Sandra’s show?

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Post Gobble Gobble + Giveaway

Oh man, oh man!  What a week!  The vacation is coming up in T-3 days and I am getting very excited!!  As should you be because I’m doing my first ever giveaway! 🙂

Let’s recap the week.  Well there was Turkey Day! I won’t bore you with the food details, but let’s just say there was plenty!  The best part was that I got to celebrate with the most important people in my life!  Thanksgiving Day was a reminder of how blessed I am to have the family that I do!

If you remember, I contributed the following:  macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes, strawberry pie and apple pie, and it turned out fabulously!  Let me tell you – the roasted garlic mashed potatoes – TO DIE FOR!  It was the roasted garlic that made it.

Garlic lurve:

I will be using roasted garlic way more than ever now that I know it’s so simple!

I don’t know about you, but I cannot do after-Thanksgiving leftovers.  My MIL made a kick-a$$ turkey but I cannot eat it the next day.  Something about reheated turkey (or chicken) does not work for me.  And luckily, because we’re taking a vacation soon, everyone was less insistent on us taking a boatload of leftovers!

So, for breakfast, I tried out Amy’s breakfast burrito.

and some pears with cinnamon:

Of course pumpkin butter had to be involved

And let’s not forget the answer to the case of the sleepies! 🙂

Do I grind my coffee every time I want to drink it?  Heck yes!

And, with all the work from yesterday, I forgot to eat lunch – I never ever thought I’d hear myself saying that.  So, I do what I do best and hit up the salad bar at Jason’s Deli.  I wasn’t kidding when it came to eating color.

Perfect for me and Binks to share

You won’t find anything in this salad except veggies, hummus and some balsamic vinegar!

And, I also got started on this:

Yep!  These are good ole’ dried habaneros!  I plan on grinding them into a fine powder – the uses thereafter are endless (use a tad in some Indian dishes, Mexican dishes, throw in someone’s face, etc.)  You would be surprised how a little goes a long way – not just in spice, but in flavor.

So now for the giveaway!

I have been planning for this vacation since I got engaged to my Binks.  This vacation means more to me than all the other trips we have taken (Rome, France, Tokyo, Chicago, and the list continues)!  And, it’s finally happening!

Can you guess?  If you do, you’ll be the the lucky person to receive a special treat – trust me, it’s a “Good Thing”!

Do you trust me when I say that it’s like eating a cloud of goodness?  What is it?  It’s my all-time favorite fall cookie, an adaptation from the great, the big M herself!  And do you think I’d leave you with just a baked good?  Heck no!

So, the rules:

Leave a comment telling me where you think I’m going (random, I know), and what your all-time favorite vacation location would be.

Tweet about this giveaway, and leave a comment saying you did the same.

All entries made by 11/30/2010 5:00 p.m. CST will be considered.

Make sure you provide your e-mail as I will be e-mailing the winner!

I will annouce the Winner on 12/1/2010 and let you all know where I will be going!  Can’t wait to read your entries!

Good luck!

🙂

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