Ying Compestine's green tea-steamed shrimp dumplings.
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January 31, 2014 A Chinese cookbook author remembers her childhood in China, where dumplings were steamed to conserve precious cooking oil. Recently she gave her favorite steamed dumplings an update.
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Kreplach, a special Jewish holiday dish that can be made essentially out of leftovers.
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September 13, 2013 Jews across the world are sitting down to a big meal before Friday's Yom Kippur fast. And many of them are eating kreplach. Some say these strange-sounding-yet-good-tasting dumplings are a holiday meditation on our inner and outer selves. Or maybe they're just a delicious example of the peasant cooking of Eastern Europeans.
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A Flock of Dumpling Ducklings: What's inside? Roasted Beijing duck, of course.
August 29, 2013 Dumplings are a huge part of Chinese culinary tradition, and restaurants there cater to the nation's obsession with a dazzlingly array of dumpling shapes and fillings, including green frogs stuffed with bullfrog meat and a flock of birds filled with roasted Beijing duck.
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Even in Sandro Botticelli's painting The Birth of Venus, the goddess's belly resembles a plump, firm tortellino.
August 27, 2013 Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus' belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.
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A potsticker prepared by Chef Scott Drewno at the Washington, D.C., restaurant The Source.
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August 26, 2013 From Warsaw to Wuhan, people around the world love dumplings. They're tasty little packages that can be made of any grain and stuffed with whatever the locals crave. But where did they come from? Some think prehistoric people may have been cooking them up.
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The finished dumplings, properly fried to a light crisp. The half-moon shape was meant to resemble ancient Chinese currency. Eating the dumplings was believed to bring fortune and prosperity.
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February 15, 2013 Chinese New Year began last weekend, but traditionally, festivities last another week, so there's still time if you want to celebrate by making dumplings. We bring you a visual how-to.
Year cakes made of sticky rice are among the traditional Chinese New Year foods.
February 8, 2013 Eating foods that symbolize wealth, longevity and fertility is key to the Chinese New Year, which begins this year with a New Year's Eve feast on Feb. 9. And, lucky for us, the northern Chinese tradition of making dumplings late at night has spread throughout the world.
May 31, 2010 For a special all-Sagal edition of Sandwich Monday, Peter takes his daughters out for dumplings.
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