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Monday, November 21, 2011

Ingredients: An Unlikely Place for A Sweetner

One of my favorite foods right now is Gyoza or Pot Stickers. I especially love the dipping sauce - a blend of 2/3 part Rice Vinegar and Soy Sauce with 1/3 part Chili Oil. Recently, I was surprised to find out the packets included with our Chinese delivery contained another ingredient.

I typically make our dipping sauce, except when I've run out of an ingredient and then use the provided packets. As I was tossing out the packets, I noticed Molasses as one of the ingredients. Boy was I surprised! I can't believe I never thought to check the ingredients before. The next time I order Pot Stickers at a restaurant and a dipping sauce is provided, you can bet I'm going to ask what's in their sauce.

Have you found sweeteners in odd places?

I've got a lot planned for this short Holiday week. Tuesday is all about toys, specifically those I grew up with and want to share with Gates. Wednesday, I reveal some of my best and worst experiences with Pot Stickers in the Bay Area. Thursday, I'll be back in the kitchen, bringing stuffing to our friends' Thanksgiving potluck, so you'll be treated to a recipe! Shocking, I know. And on Friday I'll share a couple more illustrations from The New Wolf in Chef's Clothing along with tips on entertaining.

Bon Apetit!
Credits: All images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for Recipes for the Good Life.

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