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Beet Hummus

I’m not Ms. Beet, but I actually really enjoyed this recipe (though it makes a TON). And making beets in the Instant Pot is quite easy.

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Recipe Variation: Everything Bagel Pretzels

Just a note that using Everything Bagel seasoning in lieu of salt in this soft pretzel recipe yields delicious results.

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Pistachio Cheese Ball

This was one of our appetizers for Thanksgiving. Lots of flavor to it. My sister ended up making it using the recipe I found and she did a great job.

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Welsh Rarebit

I almost didn’t make these for the party because I wasn’t confident in my ability to make them mostly ahead of time. But it wasn’t a problem at all. Just pre-make the sauce, and then spread it on toasts and broil when it’s party time. So good.

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Gyoza-Stuffed Wings

I was excited to attempt these since we had a similar dish at an izakaya in Tokyo. I definitely haven’t mastered deboning wings, but these still tasted good. I used leftover (frozen) filling from the gyoza I made a few weeks ago.

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Gyoza

A successful Japanese recipe on the books! To be fair, I also made negamaki less successfully – since mine fell apart, I’m going to leave this one off the website, but note for Japanese Challenge tracking purposes.

These gyoza were a big hit with my friend Rachel and her two kids, who love dumplings. They aren’t terribly hard, either – just time consuming, especially to wrap. This is from my Japanese Soul Cooking book.

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Homemade Egg Rolls

I finally made egg rolls! I’ve had these bookmarked for something like two years, but the deep frying step has always been kind of daunting. I also cheated and had John roll them while I was working on other stuff. Really delicious! I did not include the pork when I made these because my friend who was coming over is a pescetarian, but they work fine without it.

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