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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2015 at 3:29pm

Randy, I like that tradition. Cabbage on New Year's Day! I made a cabbage, carrot, onion salad with a vinegar and oil dressing to go with Cary's pork chops. We had a most delightful day!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 2, 2015 at 3:26pm

One thing that WinCo does not do is have disinfectant towels to wipe the shopping cart with.  Both Fred Meyers and WalMart have them.

Every time I go there, I try to remind myself to carry my own with me, but I always forget.  I just wrote that on my shopping list, so I won't forget next time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 2, 2015 at 3:10pm

I just discovered another thing I like about WinCo Foods.   I usually regulate what I eat and drink when I'm planning on shopping, in order to avoid going to a public restroom, but today, I had to go while in WinCo.

I was happy to see the urinals, hand-washing spouts, and hand-dryers were all automatic, so no touching was necessary.  The restrooms also have no doors, so there is no touching door handles either.  I think that's wonderful!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 1, 2015 at 7:11am

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  (A very godless new year, of course)

Our family tradition was to eat cabbage for good luck on New Years Day. Not that I'm superstitious, but I'll be eating some today!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2014 at 8:40pm

Daniel, they look perfect and I know they are delicious! I found a video Chinese Dumplings (jiaozi); they look doable. 

Comment by Pat on December 31, 2014 at 7:53pm
I have made dumplings. Though, I cheat. I use wonton wrappers (skins?). Pork with ginger filling, and sauce from soy sauce, chile oil, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and maybe some rice cooking wine.
Daniel, I think youre insight as to cooking may have merit.
Comment by Daniel W on December 31, 2014 at 7:01pm

Pat, I think bad food is a reason to reconsider a relationship  :-)

Very early when I first met Ning, he made dumplings for me.  I'm convinced that is what got us going together.

Our dipping sauce is soy sauce, Sriracha more or less, depending on how hot my stomach can handle, and a little sesame oil.  Lately I've been leaving out the Sesame oil.

Joan, the wrappers are just flour and water, like making noodles.  I have never been able to roll them out.  Ning does it in a half minute each.   I want to learn some day.  Fred Meyer has them in the produce section - I have used those when Ning is away and I am depressed.  They are not a good as his, but better than mine.

how they look

there are a zillion recipes for the filler.  Most people use pork and chinese chives, egg, and tofu.  Since I am vegetarian we don't use the pork.

I found black eyed peas at Fred Meyer.  There is a recipe for barley Hoppin John.  Maybe I will try making that.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 31, 2014 at 5:11pm

Joan - I don't have an actual recipe. I pretty much just eyeball anything except baking. For two people I'd probably use about a cup of soy sauce, 1/3 cup of water, a glug (that's a technical term) of the rice wine vinegar, four or five shakes of sesame oil and the Chinese hot oil to taste. (It's guaranteed to be better than a free ticket to heaven, but that's only because it really exists.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2014 at 3:11pm

Bertold, can you share the proportions of the dipping sauce recipe with us?

Randy and Bertold, your desserts sound delicious. Sadly, the days of sweet desserts passed with the onset of my diabetes. All the lovely fresh and frozen fruits available compensates me well. I don't like to buy things that have to cross the ocean to get here, however, so many varieties exist, I have numerous choices.

Daniel, Your dim sum sounds like a great idea. Do the wrappers look complicated to make? I have never made them as I have not made pies or baked good for years. If I make them, I eat them. Dim sums provide a wide variety of ingredients and styles. 

I looked in the freezer for wonton wrappers and other ingredients we like and found none. The streets have a slick covering of ice, so I am staying home until the street ice melts. I think I will make an old fashioned meat loaf. Cary likes that. I'll serve apple wedged I froze last year from my neighbor's tree. During the winter, their flavor sparkles in my mouth. I will open this last jar of Granny Smith apple wedges, a nice way to celebrate the end of the old. 

I love pickled herring. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 31, 2014 at 3:08pm

Pat, it may have been the cook's fault, not the original Hoppin' John recipe.  And the blackeyed peas (beans, really) and thin slices of smoked sausage are supposed to represent coins.  So the tradition is supposed to bring prosperity, not necessarily luck. 

When I've gotten most of the meat off the ham a friend gave me, I'm going to make split pea plus 16-bean soup.  With cooked barley....and whatever else I can think of to toss in it.  But not this week.


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