New Year's Eve has come and gone, but the party isn't over yet. Each year, Chinese New Year falls in late January or February, so that means it's time to celebrate one more time! Invite your friends over for a spread of homemade dumplings, dipping sauces and sweet sesame balls.
tips + how-tos
HOW TO FOLD DUMPLINGS
1. Wet the wrapper and place a spoonful of filling in the middle.
2. Fold the wrapper corner to corner and press the edges together, using more water if necessary to seal.
3. Pinch together the two corners of the wrapper's folded edge.
SET THE SCENE
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They're not just for Chinese food anymore!
Use 'em to stir veggies in the skillet.
Fish a bay leaf out of the pot.
Coax pickles from a jar.
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