Pork and Cabbage Dumplings—Wor Tip
At their best, potstickers are soft, savory pillows filled with tender ground meat and crunchy cabbage spiked with a pleasing hit of garlic, ginger, and soy. But how often do they live up to this promise? Often, they turn out as dense, flavorless meatballs wrapped in a doughy blanket. To make a homemade version of pork and cabbage dumplings that lives up to those in our favorite Chinese restaurants, we lightened up our filling by increasing the amount of cabbage after first salting and draining it to get rid of excess moisture and then adding lightly beaten egg whites. A sequence of browning, steaming, and cranking up the heat produced a potsticker recipe with a pleasing balance of soft and crispy textures.
Bringing Home Scallion Pancakes
"Forget casinos and racetracks: I do my gambling at Chinese restaurants when I order scallion pancakes. Hitting the jackpot means digging into deep golden-brown flatbread wedges with crispy exteriors that break away in flaky shards to reveal paper-thin, scallion-studded layers within. But as luck more often has it, I usually end up with floppy, pallid triangles with doughy inner leaves that fuse to form a single dense, gummy layer."
A Better Coffee Break
Ultimate Banana Bread
The tradition of banana bread–baking is more heavily steeped in parsimony than indulgence: When bananas get covered with brownish-black spots, the frugal alternative to pitching them in the trash has always been to mash them up, add them to a quick bread batter, and bake. We wanted to create a recipe that would make us happy to see our bananas overripen. We added banana flavor without introducing too much moisture to by microwaving the fruit and draining it. We then simmered the banana liquid in a saucepan until it reduced and incorporated it into the batter. We used brown sugar instead of granulated and swapped out oil for the nutty richness of butter. Toasted walnuts gave our banana bread recipe a pleasing crunch, and a sixth banana sliced thin and caramelized on top of the loaf gave our banana bread an enticingly crisp, crunchy top.
Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe
Simple to use and SCAA-certified, our Best Buy brewer produced coffee that was “rich” and “full-flavored.” The thermal carafe is sturdy, double-lined with stainless steel, and kept coffee very hot for up to 3 hours. With a wide opening that we can fit our hand inside, it’s also much easier than most carafes to scrub clean. While supplies last. Offer ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on March 27, 2017.