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This Dumpling Folding Tutorial Is The Most Visually Satisfying Thing You’ll See All Day

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These are dim-sum of the most beautiful dumplings ever created!

I know you’re not supposed to play with your food but how can you resist when these dumpling designs look like the most epic play dough creations ever? The YouTube channel, So Yummy, released an instructional video detailing the steps on making 10 different, intricate dumpling designs…and let me just tell you, nothing I ever created in my play dough factory came close to looking like any of these. The video demonstrates techniques such as the pinch braid, the rose bud and the dahlia with each completed design looking like a museum masterpiece. You may have to watch the video more than once, however, because something about watching the sophisticated process accompanied by the upbeat music puts you in a bit of a trance. It’s almost like food meditation? Did I just invent that?

In any event, we all have a little extra time on our hands these days so why not try one (or all) of these folding techniques at home? The channel even provides a recipe for their dumpling dough:

Dumpling Dough

Prep Time 1 hour

Total Time 1 hour

Yield 30-35 dumpling wrappers

Ingredients

2 ¼ cups flour

¾ cup warm water (between 110-120°F)

Pinch of salt (optional)

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and warm water until it becomes shaggy. With your hands, knead the shaggy dough inside the bowl until it comes together to form a ball. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rest for 15 minutes.

2. After resting, transfer the ball of dough onto a clean surface and knead firmly until it becomes smooth and elastic (about 2-4 minutes.) Cover with a damp cloth and rest again, for 30 minutes.

3. After the second rest, take your thumb and press firmly into the center of the dough ball. Using both hands, begin to squeeze and stretch the dough until you create a big donut shape with a large hole in the center.

4. Slice the “donut” into even pieces of desired size. Keep covered with a damp cloth, and when ready to use, roll pieces out individually into thin wrappers. (Optional: Trim wrappers using a large circle cookie cutter, for a clean edge.)

5. Fill the wrappers with desired filling, and fold to form designs of your liking! Cook, eat, and enjoy.

Seems simple enough! Zen out and check out the video below!

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Joanna Gaines Shares Her Watermelon Mint Lemonade Recipe And It Looks Like Summer In A Glass

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She might have to change her brand to Mmmagnolia.

Apparently raising five kids, running a design empire and launching her own television network isn’t enough to keep Joanna Gaines busy, she also creates delicious recipes too?!

With her lifestyle brand, Magnolia, ever expanding the Fixer Upper star has taken to sharing recipes and food tips that are fun and family friendly. In her latest blog post, Gaines welcomes summer with a thoughtful celebration. She shares that rather than focusing on a to do list for the season, she chooses a word to serve as a guidepost for her family. “Directing our focus toward an idea like exploration, curiosity, or even simplicity gives us a framework for how we ought to spend our time this season—which, in return, promises that it will be a summer well spent,” she writes. Well, the word she must have chosen this year is “delicious” because she then shares her Watermelon Mint Lemonade recipe and it looks like the perfect escape for those hot summer days. Oh, and don’t worry there is no shiplap in this recipe.

Watermelon Mint Lemonade

1 ½ quarts water

½ cup sugar

2 sprigs mint, plus more for garnish

5–6 cups cubed watermelon

½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 lemons)

Instructions

In a large pot bring water and sugar to a light boil until the sugar is dissolved and your mixture is clear, stirring to dissolve sugar—this will be your simple syrup. Turn off the heat and toss in the sprigs of mint. Allow mint to steep for 15 minutes, then remove it from the simple syrup and discard sprigs. Allow mint-infused syrup to cool for about 10 minutes and then pour into a blender with the watermelon. Blend until smooth and then pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher to get rid of any seeds and pulp. Add lemon juice to the pitcher and stir. Serve immediately over ice with a sprig of mint for garnish.

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Taste This! Try A Delicious, Spirit Free Cherry Vanilla Sparkling Cocktail!

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Dry January doesn’t have to be a drag! This delicious Cherry Vanilla mixer is full of flavor and free of alcohol.

The fresh taste of Dry Sparkling soda is perfect for mixing and creating a cocktail (I’m not a fan of the word mocktail) that’s spirit free.

Take a look!

 

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INTERVIEW: Brian Balthazar and Michael Symon Get Cooking

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Celebrity chef Michael Symon to Brian Balthazar about his approach to tea-centric cooking as part of Lipton’s Chef Fest, a series of experiential dining events designed to infuse excitement into everyday meals.

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