The Best Origami You’ve Ever Eaten

If you missed Chinese New Year on the 23rd, here’s a kitchen adventure for you to celebrate a few days late!

Chinese dumplings, or jiaozi, are absolutely delicious. These specimens may not look like a culinary masterpiece, but they were gone too quickly for anyone to get a better picture!

You can make these with many different kinds of filling, combining various types of meat, vegetables, and spices. Here are a few of the many recipes available online. (If you’re interested in exploring more Chinese cooking, I also recommend this book.)

A dipping sauce may add some extra flavor—though with delicious filling, you’ll hardly need it!

You can also choose between premade wrappers or homemade dough. (A tip: Square wonton wrappers are often easier to find. If you buy these, a round biscuit cutter still makes them a fairly simple option.)

Now, the real fun of making dumplings! Some real pros taught me how last year, and I fell in love with the tradition.

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Get Busy If You Want to Keep Your Fingers

There’s nothing so effective as nearly losing my fingers to inspire a new pair of mittens.

The temperatures have plummeted. Fortunately, the warmest mittens I have ever made are almost ready to be broken in!

I’m making these thrummed mittens from this pattern, with only a couple changes:

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