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Guest blogger Jing Guo

Chinese New Year's Dumplings

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It’s the Year of the Dragon: enter luck, honor, opportunity and prosperity! My daughter-in-law Jing Guo shared her traditional and very delicious way of celebrating Chinese New Year with her dumpling recipe, Jiaozi.

Many families and friends celebrate and make the dumplings together to be a part of the New Year’s feast. Add the dumplings to soup, eat with rice or simply dip them into a tangy, spicy sauce. Some cooks make their own wrappers and others buy them. The wrappers are available in many grocery stores (as they were in my local store) and in Asian food markets. The dumplings freeze well, uncooked and cooked, so make plenty!! Jing makes half of her dumplings meat filled and half vegetable filled, some boiled and some sautéd.

I am very lucky to have such a talented daughter-in-law!

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Bring the hostages home.

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Foodie Lit

    “I had no answers for Elta. None that would be truthful, anyway. At least not now. But I knew that we needed a home. My daughter needed to live in a place where she wouldn’t have to live in constant terror. A home where she wouldn’t have to be fearful that murderers might come for her in the middle of the night. Where people didn’t hate her because of an accident of birth.”

So thinks Shaindel, a main character in Sherry Ostroff’s excellent historical novel, The Wall At The Sugar Factory. A pogrom opens the novel. Shaindlel hoped that a mother and her child would not be targets. But she knew better.

   

Shery's other books reviewed here: Caledonia: Mannahatta; Expulsion.  All are fabulous for book clubs and Sherry is available for remote talks to your club!