|Ooh, look... sexy dumplings|
My first order of business is to give a MAJOR shout out to my cousins, Mary-Kate and Nate Tate. Aside from having rhyming names, they're two of the coolest people I've met and their cookbook, Feeding the Dragon, has transformed my kitchen in the past few months. Their super awesome Chinese cuisine is so easy but authentic. And their book is beautifully written and photographed. I love sitting down with it and just flipping to a section, drooling over the food and laughing at the stories of their travels through China. I'm so glad that my family is awesome... Check out their blog/website for all the info on their book. Then buy the book. Then prepare to have your cooking transformed and be inspired well beyond the kitchen.
My favorite part about Feeding the Dragon so far has been learning to make dough for dumplings and noodles. There are no leaveners, and most of the dough consists of flour and water. You can fill dumplings with anything you want, from pork to potatoes. The best part is that they are SO CHEAP! I recently made 50 potstickers for $4. Shyeah. Then I froze them and can eat them whenever I want. Take THAT, Costco.
|Pretty little potstickers, all in a row|
If you are from Missoula, go check out "A Shot of International Foods" in the Paxson Plaza behind the mall. It's a fun little store. They have tons of dry goods and a deli case with sausages, cheese from around the world and other specialties from all over. My mom and I bought the last bottle of black vinegar, but since they are a small specialty store, they will order more if there is a demand. Please! I don't want to travel to Canada every time I want black vinegar. It's either that, or buy it for $12 a bottle on Amazon... Not cool.