What celebration doesn't include food?

Last week, we ushered in the 2nd New Year - the Lunar New Year, aka Chinese New Year. That celebration usually includes lots of food - particularly Chinese dumplings or Pot stickers.

Making dumplings by hand is time consuming, manual work, so much so that I only make them (at the most) once a year. And with Chinese New Year's timing matching closely to the Superbowl, this weekend was this year's chosen time.


First batch of fried dumplings
The above images taken with my iPhone and the Instagram app.

The exception to the "only make dumplings once a year" rule is overturned during extended family gatherings, when I join forces with my sister(s) and my parents. Then the task isn't as time consuming when the assembly line gets going. [Although adding in the dynamic of several strong personalities can make things just as stressful]

A photo from my archives - the family spread my mother put on to celebrate my little sister's wedding in 2007 - several plates of dumplings (and other traditional Chinese foods) were made and consumed.

Puna  – (February 11, 2011 at 6:52 AM)  

This looks delicious. I love hearing stories about food and family.

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