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Pork Dumplings
Erin McDowell
We’ve mastered cheesecake, nailed fresh pasta and perfected braided bread. So we’re feeling pretty good about this recipe for homemade dumplings. Our trick is to start with store-bought wrappers (that’s half the battle right there) and then mix up a filling with just a few simple ingredients–pork, ginger, garlic, sesame oil. Assembly is a snap (and enlisting a friend or two to help doesn’t hurt, either). Serve these with a spicy-sweet dipping sauce and you’ve got another one for the (recipe) books.
Pork Dumplings
A PureWow Original Recipe
Makes 8 appetizer servings
Start to Finish: 1 1/2 hours
Dumplings 1 pound ground pork3 garlic cloves, minced1 tablespoon minced ginger

1 tablespoon sesame oil

3 tablespoons soy sauce

⅓ cup freshly chopped cilantro

1 package dumpling wrappers (available in the refrigerated section of grocery stores or Asian markets)

2 tablespoons peanut oil

½ cup water, plus extra to seal the wrappers

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish

Dipping Sauce

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons sweet chile sauce

2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce

1 tablespoon ginger

Sesame seeds, for garnish

1. Make the dumplings: In a large bowl, use your hands (or a spoon) to mix the pork with the garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce and cilantro until thoroughly combined.2. Place a dumpling wrapper on your work surface, and then put a rounded tablespoon of pork filling in the center (see Finishing Touches, below).3. Dip your index finger into water and wet the edges of the wrapper. Gently fold the wrapper over to form a triangular pouch, then press firmly to seal the edges. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling. Set the finished dumplings aside.4. Make the dipping sauce: In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce with the rice wine vinegar, sweet chile sauce, Sriracha sauce and ginger until combined. Garnish with sesame seeds and set aside.

5. Cook the dumplings: Heat the peanut oil in a large sauté pan. Add the dumplings to the pan and cook, undisturbed, until the bottom is brown and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ½ cup water to the pan and cover, continuing to cook for 3 to 4 minutes more.

6. Carefully remove the dumplings from the pan. Garnish the dumplings with scallions and serve with the dipping sauc

10 Foods For A Healthy, Confident Smile

A smile is compromised by the feelings of joy and contentment.

However many individuals are faced with the challenges of a confident smile due to his or her teeth-driven insecurities. From stained teeth, tooth loss, gum diseases to sensitivities, Dr. Bob, The Drugless Doctor shares tips to overcome smile-aches. Plus, eating these foods will bring benefits in numerous other areas. Now that’s something to definitely smile about.

10 Foods for a Healthy Confident Smile:

Carrots1. Carrots an excellent source of Natural Fluoride

Red, Yellow, Orange Bell Peppers2. Red, Yellow and orange bell pepper

a source of Vitamin C for healthy gums

3. Sea Vegetables a source of iodine for optimal thyroid health

–preventing yellow teeth

Beets4. Beets support Seaweedliver health and

natural detoxification for a smooth tongue


5. Kale provides a natural source of calcium

for strong teeth structure

Ginger Root6. Ginger root for a healthy digestion and great breath

Celery7. Celery source of minerals

Apple Slices8. Apple slices for palate and teeth cleansing

Eggs, Onion, Garlic9. Eggs, onions and garlic source of sulfur for strong tissues

Sesame seeds, Almonds10. Sesame seeds and almonds a calcium and protein addition for healthy teeth structure






Thanks to  Dr. Bob for starting a conversation about foods to smile for. (Don’t forget to floss).

For more information please visit, www.druglessdoctor.com and his Get To Know Series from his YouTube Channel DruglessDoctor.

How To Peel Garlic In Less Than 10 Seconds

When I first saw this I couldn’t wait to try it. Now for those of you who don’t cook and remain unimpressed after watching, stay with me on this. It’ll be worth your while.

For my friends and all of us who love to cook – and crowds are perfect for this trick – I couldn’t wait to try this at home as they say.

I was dismayed to learn that I didn’t have two identical large steel bowls. Do not underestimate the importance of this. The escape velocity needed to separate the cloves from the peels falls off dramatically as you decrease bowl size. That’s physics for you.

After trying all sorts of vessel combinations that really didn’t work all that well, (or sound like island marimbas) , I resigned myself to using two 8″ steel mixing bowls. That’s all I had that matched and I could still keep hold of. This video takes place in Saveur Magazine’s test kitchen. I only mention it out of jealousy and the urge to remodel our kitchen.  The video is only a minute. With 8″ bowls, you will get an aerobic workout. Not counting checking the bowl every 45 seconds for over 5 minutes before I stopped counting, I’d say don’t try this at home.  Why are they still laughing at me?

For those who don’t cook and your still with me after watching the video, then you’re probably wondering just how far a little garlic can take you. So let’s just say you don’t cook yet. I predict that you will. You do like to eat though, don’t you?  Garlic has been integral in cultures and cuisines throughout the world. You probably have a favorite garlic dish or a restaurant to go to for a garlic fix. You’re remembering tasting it right now, aren’t you? There”s even a garlic festival for people like you – willing to be seduced by how far they can take this garlic thing.. Tasty is a very good place to start.

But what if you just want to be popular or come off your meds and you’re not quite ready to make a serious garlic commitment just yet?. Not to worry. Here’s the Nutrition News 5 Step Guide To Dating and Garlic..

Step One is modeled on following the lead of the party hopper in the taco bell party pack commercial. Only you’re gonna kick it up a notch adding your personal touch by bringing two large steel bowls and a bunch of garlic bulbs to your next party. I guarantee you’ll be noticed! That’s the first step to getting a date,  a job or being popular for that matter. (And you won’t be nearly as lame as the guy in the commercial who brings plastic food to a party). Yeah, that’s pretty scary but not as scary as the 60% of our food supply that’s processed and uses unlabeled genetically modified organisms, on industrial farms that use the vast majority of antibiotics now leaching into our water topped by the growing number of chemicals and food additives the FDA says is “safe”.

If you’re still on track,

Step two is reprise the one minute garlic video. (Tip: I assume if you’re gonzo enough to hunt down two large steel bowls, you’ll practice at home. Nuf said.).

When the applause dies down and you’re the envy of everyone in the room -(think most interesting man in the world, you know the one women want to dine with and men want to grill with? Ok maybe we’re getting off track).

Step three is to ask the crowd for favorite garlic recipes.  Everybody who has one is in. At this point you’re home free. That’s your garlic tribe. You’ve just created a movement in three minutes or less. Congratulations on playing the “Is It Healthy?” Game.

Step four, acknowledge the brilliance of the crowd with a “Let’s Go” while promenading toward the kitchen. Don’t worry! Your tribe will be comfortable in the kitchen.

Step five is to preside as garlic master of ceremonies. After the stunt you just pulled, no one will expect you to do anything other than what you want to anyway.  So just relax and be cool. Watch and learn. Ask questions. To help turn you into a polished garlic aficionado, here are some interesting facts and garlic lore.(Warning: No garlic vampire connections).

One of the most interesting stories about garlic involves an incident that has been referred to as the first labor strike. Egyptian records show that in 3748 B.C. the slaves stopped work on the pyramid of Cheops because they had not received their garlic ration. They believed they needed it for strength and courage. (Evidently the situation was rectified by management). Garlic has been part of the we are the 99% for millennium!! Tasty, cross cultural touch points connecting us to each other through our food, plants, nature and place.You get all that from a few cloves and you’ve just seen how quickly at hand they can be had!

You probably expected us to lead with the health benefits of garlic.You could spend a career investigating garlic’s chemistry and unique antioxidant properties and many have. No one has seen a compound, synthetic or natural react so quickly as a powerful antioxidant.When garlic’s active ingredient, alicin breaks down it yields sulfenic acid. When sulfenic acid touches radicals, the antioxidant effect is as fast as it can get. It’s limited only by the time it takes for the two molecules to come into contact. Garlic is like antimatter to free radicals.

If you don’t cook you probably don’t eat much garlic. If you’re still resisting cooking, there are a variety of garlic formulations available as nutritional supplements.

So let’s recap the benefits of garlic: 1- cause of the first recorded labor strike. 2 – Cool kitchen trick. 3 – New way to meet your future spouse. 4 – zillions of tasty garlic recipes. 5 – massive health benefits including the fastest acting known antioxidant, anti-candida, anti-cancer properties. What’s not to love? Garlic is the king of herbs. Go with a winner. Still unconvinced? I didn’t think so.

So how far do you think you can take this garlic thing anyway? Post your replies and suggestions. That’s how easy it is to play the “Is It Healthy?” Game.

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