Kids in the Kitchen: Build a Gingerbread Train!

So, the kiddos are home from school on Christmas vacation, and you are smiling as you assure the world that everyone is having a jolly good time. I get it. But you aren’t fooling me. The little darlings are starting to argue with each other, aren’t they? And your nerves are beginning to fray, aren’t they? Been there, done that, got the t-shirt! Continue reading

World’s Easiest Chicken Chili

chiliHow  easy is this chicken chili?

It’s so easy, you’ll be eating chicken chili faster than you’d be eating if you picked up dinner at a fast food drive-thru. Don’t believe me? Set your stopwatch, and let’s get started!

Ingredients (Serves 4 – 6)

2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (you can buy this frozen or even canned if you’d like) Continue reading

Holiday Rice Pudding

win_20161209_181507If you’ve been following Crowded Earth Kitchen for a while, you know that our favorite recipes are those that are stone simple to prepare but taste and look a little bit fancy. We’re all about kitchen trickery.  😉 Continue reading

Give the Gift that Gives Back!

cookbook-cover-imageAvailable on Amazon, 100% of the profits from The Global Recipe Project Cookbook will benefit not-for-profit organizations which feed people as a central part of their mission. Cooks and food bloggers from around the world have generously contributed to this amazing book. Over 170 recipes from 65 countries are included!

Try your hand at Mansaf, the national dish of Jordan, while reading how and when this meal is traditionally served. Sample a variety of chutneys while exploring the rich spice blends of India. Dine on simple and delicious French dishes such as Croquette Monsieur and Soupe L’Ongion.

Bakers will appreciate clear and simple instructions for classics such as Italian Cannoli and Austrian Apfelstrudel. Feeling adventurous? Amigdalato, a Greek almond pastry, and Kransekake, a Norwegian wedding cake, offer dramatic dessert options for holiday entertaining.

Pick up a copy today, and support a worthy cause!
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ISBN-10: 0998191604
BISAC: Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / General

No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies

win_20161202_165101My mother makes these delightful bites of holiday goodness every December… they are a Christmastime comfort food here at Crowded Earth Kitchen. There is no flour in these cookies, making them perfect for friends who eat mostly paleo but are still game for an occasional cheat. No-bake cookies are also perfect for those inevitable occasions when school-age children announce “Tomorrow’s the day I have to bring treats for ____. Sorry I forgot to tell you!”

Ingredients (Makes 3 dozen)

1   6 oz. pkg. of semi sweet chocolate chips

l/3 cup butter

16 large marshmallows Continue reading

Chinese Dumplings

Giant Pan-Fried Pork and Shrimp Gyoza

This recipe was generously submitted by Cooking with Grace for inclusion in The Global Recipe Project. 100% of the proceeds from this cookbook will benefit nonprofit organizations which feed people as a central part of their mission. Thank you, Cooking with Grace!

Ingredients

140 grams plain flour
120 milliliters hot water
Finely chopped fresh chives
1 table spoon of fresh ginger
2 -3 bulbs of garlic
Finely chopped spring onions
250 grams minced pork
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 teaspoon each black pepper & salt

Prep Work (about 1 hour and 20 minutes)

Step 1) Gradually stir in the hot water into the flour and keep stirring with a chop sticks or a fork until you have a stretchy dough consistency.
Step 2) Flour your hands, knead the dough for about 5 minutes, make sure you have flour on the surface so it doesn’t stick to your hands.
Step 3) Once kneaded, leave it to chill for at least 20 minutes.
Step 4) Chop all remaining ingredients to make the filling; mix it together in a bowl.
Step 5) Cover filling and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least half an hour.

Fun Part – Making the dumplings! (25 minutes)

Step 1) Using a floured rolling pin, flatten out the dough to make your dumpling wraps to about 2 millimeters in thickness.
Step 2) Use a cup or a circular cutter to cut out the wraps.
Step 3) Add a small amount of the pork filling onto the center of the wrap.
Step 4) Center fold the dumplings then fold in the sides and press the edges with a tiny amount of water.

Cooking the Dumplings

Step 1) Add a thin layer of oil in to a pan.
Step 2) Place your dumplings on to the pan.
Step 3) Let it sizzle for 2 minutes.
Step 4) Add about 2 centimeters of water and place a lid on the pan.

Step 5) Remove lid when all water has evaporated.
Dumplings may be served with noodle soup, or any way you prefer.