Cooking with Kiddos: Finger-lickin’ Good Superbowl Wings

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We have tried many a wing recipe in the past, but these ones by Emeril kind of win.  I may be suffering from a bout of the “recency effect”, but we are definitely making these again for Superbowl Sunday.  The best part is they are so easy, that my little one may be able to make them almost entirely by herself.  I am sure someone will pry themselves away from the TV and help her out with getting the wings “in-and-out of the oven”.  Lining the pan with foil is a must – otherwise scrubbing the sheet pan will be a total drag.

We had these for dinner and Ria and her friend who was over ended up having a kitchen playdate.  You always run the risk that when you come to our house you will be “coerced” into cooking dinner with us.  Plus, the kids get quizzed on how to scale recipes – and hence a free math lesson!  We enjoyed these with fried rice and given how simple this recipe is, it is going to be added to our regular rotation for sure.
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Kitchen Playdate: Fondue Fun!

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We love organizing kitchen play dates and a Swiss cheese fondue cooking project makes for a wonderful and fun experience for the little ones (especially if you end with chocolate fondue!)

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Easy-peasy Dumplings

Stuck at home on a rainy day with our play date canceled, we decided to occupy ourselves by making some dumplings (or little parcels of love as I like to call them).  It seems like a daunting task to take on but these dumplings are low on ingredients, high on child involvement and disappear ridiculously fast.  The sweet, salty dipping sauce is a perfect complement except my genius daughter decided to eat hers with ketchup.  “Do you have to eat them with ketchup?”  “Yes.  It’s good for me.”  Okay then.  I tried half a dumpling with the daughter’s choice condiment and it wasn’t bad!!  She may be on to something.  As a child, I too was a ketchup fiend.  So much so, I used to say that when I grow up, I would marry a guy who owned a ketchup factory.  Sometimes the best laid plans go awry.  I have graduated to Sriracha – maybe one day Ria will too.

Easy-peasy Dumplings

Make these super easy dumplings with your little ones or for a kitchen play date instead of the usual cookies or cupcakes.  Have the kids help with beating the egg, brushing the egg wash to help seal the dumplings and even folding the dumplings into little triangles.

Makes 15-18 – you decide how many that serves

Ingredients

For dumplings:

½ lb ground pork, chicken or turkey

2 scallions finely sliced

1½ tsp soy sauce

¼ tsp white pepper

½ tsp sesame oil (optional)

1 egg beaten

store bought square wonton wrappers (usually available next to tofu in most grocery stores)

For dipping sauce:

2 tsp soy sauce

¼ tsp sugar

½ tsp rice wine vinegar (optional)

Method

  1. Mix the minced meat with the scallions, soy sauce, white pepper, sesame oil and half of the beaten egg.  Reserve the rest of the egg for sealing the dumplings
  2. Combine the ingredients for the dipping sauce
  3. Arrange several wonton wrappers with corners facing you and place ½ a tablespoon worth of meat mixture in the center of each wrapper.  Use a pastry brush or your fingers to brush the edges with the beaten egg.  Fold the wrapper in half and form little triangular parcels.  Repeat till meat mixture is used up.
  4. Steam for 5-6 minutes (do not forget to grease the steamer basket with cooking oil if using a metal steamer).  Alternatively, you can cook the dumplings in boiling water which is easier and takes about 3 minutes.
  5. For pot stickers, if you want more calories and crunch, pan fry the cooked dumplings in a little oil, 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve warm with dipping sauce and watch them disappear