Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pork Gyoza with Dipping Sauce

I've missed y'all!  I took somewhat of a hiatus in January but I assure you, good things are coming your way for Febrary......Starting with the pinkest, loviest, heartiest (yes heartiest), most glitter-bombed day of the year, Valentine's Day!

Kick off your special Valentine's meal with something different this year! The hubby and I almost always go Asian for our Valentine's Day dinner and we almost always start our dinner with pork gyoza. This year I want to cook and have a low-key night at home but I thought it would be nice to stick to tradition, even at home. I have asked many questions at our favorite sushi and Asian hotspots to understand what is in gyoza and how they are cooked so that they have a little crispy browning but stay so soft and moist at the same time. Taking all of that information, I played around at home until I came up with my own version of pork gyoza.  The gyoza dumpling was actually the easy part believe it or not. The sauce was the hard part. I had to play around a bit until I got the right combination of flavors but I think I nailed it and it is hubby approved as well. I know it has quite a few steps but it really isn't too time consuming and you get into a quick groove. Start to finish in 25-30 mins once you get the hang of it. I know that y'all are going to love this fun little appetizer.

1 lb lean ground pork
2 1/2 cups Napa cabbage, finely chopped (only use the leafy part)
3 scallions, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 -12oz package of wonton wrappers  (Round shaped ones if you can find them)
2 egg whites
Small bowl of warm water
Additional water for cooking

Dipping Sauce:
2 Tbsp soy
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp scallions, chopped
3/4 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp ginger

Combine the ingredients for the sauce; set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the pork, cabbage, scallions, and ginger. To really incorporate all the ingredients you've gotta get your hands dirty! If you found the round wonton wrappers, yay for're job is just a little bit easier! If all you could find is the square wonton wrappers, no big deal, just grab a round cookie cutter that is about 3.25 inches in diameter and cut 5 at a time as you begin to construct your gyoza.

With the bowl of warm water on hand, begin to construct:

Here is the overall process but don't worry, I'll break it down step-by-step below.

First, place approximately 1/2 Tablespoon in the center of a wrapper. Then, brush some warm water along the edge of the wrapper and fold the wrapper in half pressing firmly from the center outward to push out air bubbles.

Then Brush some warm water along the outside of the fold and pleat inward from both sides like the photos below.

Repeat until you have contructed them all. To cook them, heat a non-stick skillet (one with a lid) over medium heat. Place 8-10 gyoza in the pan. Once the bottoms have browned a bit, pour approximately 1/3  cup water in the pan and cover. Let cook for 5-8 minutes until cooked through. Repeat with a second batch if desired. Serve with dipping sauce.

Any remaining uncooked gyoza can be stored and frozen to be cooked later.

Place wax paper in the bottom of a freezer-safe dish with a lid. Place gyoza in single layers separated by wax paper. When you are ready to cook them, remove from freezer and thaw them out before cooking.  This recipe makes approximately 60 gyoza dumplings.

~XOXO Enjoy! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Baked Spaghetti Squash - A GAC Exclusive

Happy New Year!! I hope that y’all had a cozy and festive Christmas and kicked off 2015 in style. I enjoyed some much-needed downtime at the beach with the family, but I’m glad to be back to making music and sharing dishes with you. I’m not usually a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but this year mine was to challenge myself in the kitchen, to introduce new ingredients and make delicious healthy swaps, and just try new things.

So, I’m starting the new year with spaghetti squash, one of my favorite underused vegetables. Ditch the regular pasta for this healthy substitute and you won’t be sorry. Once cooked, this squash turns into strings of “spaghetti,” which you can toss with your favorite pasta dish ingredients, and VoilĂ !  This is a low-carb lover’s best friend, but if you aren’t dieting or watching what you eat, you’ll still love it…. Yes! It is THAT good.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

My "Mr. Claus" Wish List

1. Oakley King's Camo Sunglasses ~ ~ $155-$280 ~ Free 2-Day Shipping and Returns

2. 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball ~ ~ $174.95 ~ Price includes $75 OFF Sale

3. Portable Folding Hammock ~ ~ $49.99 ~ Free Shipping Code: SH1803

4. Apple TV ~ ~ $89 ~ Free Shipping

5. Ruger 10/22 Takedown with Backpack ~ Bass Pro Shops ~$349 ~Free Shipping

6. Craft A Brew At Home Beer Brewing Kit ~ CraftABrew.Com ~ $75

7. Screw Driver Key Chain Set ~ CountyComm ~ $5.95

8. ReadyCase Multi-function IPhone Case ~ Ready Case ~ $44.95 ~ 20% OFF Code READY20

1. My hubby loved these new King's Camo collection glasses from Oakley. He says that the color of the lens combined with the polarization makes the perfect combo to see anything! He couldn't wait for Christmas and had to get a pair about a month ago and hasn't stopped raving about them. He was recently checking out one of our ponds with a group of guys and as he pointed out a fish to the other guys, he quickly realized that he was the only one that could see the fish and it was all thanks to his sunglasses. He passed his specs around to the boys (mostly to prove he wasn't halucinating) and one by one they oooh'd and ahhh'd over the visibility these babies offered.

2. For the man that can't stay off the court and loves calling the guys over for a few games of B-Ball, this is a really cool gift. Named on Time Magazines "Top 25 Inventions of the Year" this bad boy is like a fit-bit, for your ball. The "smart sensor" in the ball tracks shot accuracy, arc, spin, etc. All the info is synced to your Apple or Android phone and the app even provides workouts and score tracking for up to 5 players. If the man (or boy) in your life is always wanting to get better at the sport he loves, this is a fantastic gift for him!

3. Being outside in the woods camping, RV'ing, hunting, fishing or napping is where my husbands "happy place" is. This portable, foldable hammock by Guide Gear is perfect for his little get-aways. It folds into a bag that he can carry on his shoulder, similar to that of a folding campers chair. This bad boy holds up to 225 lbs and is 8 ft long. Now he'll be out lounging in the woods more than ever. Let's take a minute to thank the good Lord that Oklahoma doesn't have trouble with lions and tigers and bears (oh my!)

4. Let me just say that Apple TV is one of my favorite things ever. This is one of those gifts that pulls double-duty as a gift for yourself. Hook it up to your TV with an HDMI cable, log in to your home's wifi and you're ready to rock. You can play your ITunes music through it, buy and rent movies on Itunes, use Netflix or Hulu Plus, run a slide show of your pictures on the TV and a multitude of other things. All of this is great but my favorite feature is that you can get the "Remote" app on your Iphone or Ipad and run it from those devices. For me and my hubby, this is a lifesaver as our remotes like to play hide and seek more often than I'd like to admit!

5. This is most certainly a "splurge" item but when my hubby first saw this little rifle, he was so excited to try it out. It is a little quick assembly .22 rifle that breaks down and fits into a back pack (that is included in the purchase). It is perfect for when he is roaming our family hunting ranch and comes across a squirrel (aka lunch) or just wants to play around shooting targets and cans. Most of the men I know started out shooting a .22 rifle and still love to fire them off for recreation from time to time.

6. My husband is a bit of a beer connoisseur, in fact, most of the men I know are. I know that mine would be tickled pink, ok maybe not pink but at the very least tickled blue, to get a kit like this "Craft-A-Brew" kit that would give him all he needs to brew his own beer. Once he got the hang of it with the kit he could buy the ingredients to try different recipes for small batch creations. There is a local store that sells all the ingredients and offers classes that would be a great extra with this gift too!

7. This seemed like a great little inexpensive gadget that would be perfect as a stocking stuffer! My husband is always looking for a screwdriver when he is in "Mr. Fix It" mode and can never seem to find the one he needs. When he needs a phillips-head all he can find is a flat-head and vice versa. This little keychain puts both a phillips and a flat-head right on his key ring so that it's there whenever he needs it! Now we just gotta make sure that he can keep track of his keys...

8. I got really excited about this multi-function phone case. It is like a Swiss Army Knife on the back of your phone. It comes with a USB stick that doubles as a kickstand in portrait or landscape position, 3 camera lenses, the fish-eye, macro and wide shot, a multi-tool that can be used as a flat-head screwdriver, serrated or standard knife and a bottle opener, and finally, it has a built in clip for your headphones so that you can wrap them around the phone when they aren't in use and they'll stay put. This case comes in at just 3mm and is a bargain for the asking price. I was also pumped that this was an idea that was crowd-funded on because the idea of crowd-funding is quickly becoming a favorite passtime of mine.