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Wontons!

Howdy, folks!

Yesterday was a cooking day.  Yay!  I made homemade wontons (except for the skins – ain’t nobody got time for that – those came from the grocery store).  These were pork wontons, and the filling was a conglomeration of several different recipes.  The filling was exactly what I had wanted…so delicious!  This was my first time making wontons, and they were surprisingly easy.

Here’s the filling.  That’s 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger,

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1 pound of ground pork, 2 Tbsp finely chopped green onions,

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Then I added 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp dry sherry, 2 tsp rice wine vinegar, 1 tsp sesame oil, and a pinch of kosher salt, and mashed it all together with my hands.  I love hands-on cooking!

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Next, I tore into the package of wonton wrappers.  They are thinner than I had expected, and very durable.  I kept them damp under a washcloth, and then took one out, moistened its edges, and plopped some wonton filling in the middle – probably slightly less than a tablespoon per wonton.

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Fold (that white stuff on the plate is starch from the wonton wrappers)

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Fold

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Then stuck the little tips together (they stick very well with the just a little water on the wrapper).  Here’s what they look like before they get boiled.

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And after they got boiled.  They are just boiled in plain water.  You drop them gently into the water, and when they float, supposedly they are done.  However, as it is raw pork, I didn’t trust that, so I boiled them for just a little while after they floated.  I boiled them in batches of 5 or 6, so they wouldn’t stick together.

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I think I boiled 26 altogether.  They are lovely, aren’t they?

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I made some really simple broth for them, and voilà!  Soup!

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The wonton wrapper package didn’t specify how many skins were in there, but there were a lot.  My pound of pork made 45 wontons (I froze 19 raw wontons, too), and there are still wrappers left over.  Here are the frozen ones.

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It was a pretty rewarding cooking experience.  I always like it when I learn something new.  I think I may try deep frying the frozen wontons at a later date.

YUM!

Tumbleweeds!

I know a lot of you will find this as comical as I did.

This is from an “outdoor holiday lighting” article in the December, 2015 edition of Sunset Magazine.  It was in the waiting room at our dentist’s office in St George.

Twinkling Tumbleweeds.

Most of us don’t want anything to do with tumbleweeds (AKA ‘Russian Thistle’).  They are horrible things straight from hell – covered in nasty thorns – and each one is equipped with thousands and thousands of seeds to reproduce themselves all over your yard.

The idea of putting strings of twinkling lights on them, and using them as intentional decorations is ridiculous to me.  Yet here they are, in Sunset Magazine, being recommended for natural outdoor decor.  Wow.  Please forgive the bad photos – I was shaking with laughter.

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Yes, that’s right, ladies and gentlemen.  You can PURCHASE tumbleweeds online for your personal use, right here:  Curious Country Creations…The cheapest of which is $15, on SALE!  I think I see a new money-making idea!  My yard is FULL of them, and seems to be exactly the right conditions to grow them quickly and beautifully.

REALLY, SUNSET?!  Here’s the web page with the same information on it:  Twinkling Tumbleweeds

Thanks for joining me in a laugh.

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