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Crazy Dumplings II – Final Days!

Crazy Dumplings II – Final Days!

Hard to believe the Crazy Dumplings II Kickstarter campaign is almost over! There are only 4 days left for you to back Crazy Dumplings II and get some great backer rewards. So if you haven’t backed us already, what are you waiting for?

If you back, you’ll get a Thank You from me (along with a really awesome cookbook!) just like all these awesome people:

Just some of our awesome backer rewards!
Just some of our awesome backer rewards!

Heather Morgan, Kathleen Young Tejeda, Brendan Clougherty, Richard Telford, Erin Foster, João Paulo Bonatelli, Julia Jimenez, McCloud!, Joschka Schaffner, Jolene Schleicher, Florian Schupp, David Krouse, Holly Brown BSc Hons, SKDouglass, Alvin Vincent Leung, Shaunda L Bowman, Eric, John Rommel, Shelly Wright, Kerry, Jose C. Pombo, Andreas Clauss, Dan Pierson, Bob S., Hector Vega, Karren Orozco, Welmoed Sisson, Mike, Thomas Mögel, Alex Charles, Richard Glenn-Reller, Sara Chitown, Andrea L, Cesar De La Riva, Thuong Tran, SK, Gloria Salvetti, Tobias, Trisha Seaman, John Clayton, Elisha Alford, Skye Norton, Jason Graffius, The Thornton Bros., Alan Walendowski, Cole Whitney, James Hutton, Neville Isles, Nick Jardine, Jared Lovett, Angelica Garrison, Paul Arpaia, Catherine Croft, Anna Hoener, Amanda Miller, Gil Pettingell, Steven Cullity, Týna Dvořáková, Saruta, No one important, Joan T. Masters, Tanya Noreen, Chris Johnson, Eric White, Jessica Weinberg, Alison Radzun, Erin Day, Steve, Abby, Big Bad Boston, Scott Bain, Reece liddicoat, Jess, Anthony, Samantha Meyer, cheryl koval, Savannah Koolaidria Chasing Hawk, Keith Travis, Amanda Wallace, Matthew Pemble, R van Haften, Kevin Chan, Andrew, Viktor J., Kelley Ross, Ruediger Zapf, Jim Bryan, Bill Johnson, Andrew McCarthy, benoita74, Laura Beasley, Ian ‘Smurf’ Murphy, Michelle Wang, Nicole Prince, Seow Wan Yi, GloriousDelicious, Landan Smith, Rebecca Dominguez, Bryan Pace, Breeann Napotnik, Ahmed Mainul Bari, Jean Lee MC, BlackMagicM66, Kimberley Timmings, Steven Rychetnik, Marcus Reed, Angela Day, Benjamin Leow, Sarah, Rich Hussein Gibson, Gunnar Heide Aadland, Arnel, Tristan Hams, Daniel Connolly, montage hix, Julie Viens, ryan mucklin, Katt, Alana Wolfgang-Duran, Steve Eldridge, L. P., Leah Zelnick, and Breánna Hope.

In case you missed it, I have shared some interesting updates through the campaign as well. I got a little person in “Who Are the Two Americans in China?” and shared a recipe inspired by my recent trip to Vietnam in “It’s Over 9,000! Enjoy This Vietnamese-Inspired Dumpling!” Both of those updates are available to everyone, not just backers, so check them out and let me know what you think.

I’m so excited for how well this campaign has gone, and I can’t wait to collect the backer-submitted recipes (check out the $40 reward level!) and put the finishing touches on the book. But it’s not over yet! We still need all the support we can get during the final days, so please support us by backing Crazy Dumplings II: Even Dumplinger or by sharing the campaign on Facebook and Twitter to help us get the word out!

To back Crazy Dumplings II: Even Dumplinger on Kickstarter click here

To share Crazy Dumplings II: Even Dumplinger on Twitter click here

To share Crazy Dumplings II: Even Dumplinger on Facebook click here

December Giveaway! Beijing Monkeys!

December Giveaway! Beijing Monkeys!

Congratulations to BlueCat731, our November winner! BlueCat will recieve a digital copy of The Crazy Dumplings Cookbook!

Since December is a special month for most people, I have decided to give away a physical item this month – a little diorama of Beijing Monkeys eating dumplings for Chinese New Year!

Beijing Monkeys (Beijing Maohou, also called Hairy Monkeys) are a traditional Chinese handicraft that dates back hundreds of years, but they are extremely rare today. I came across an elderly man selling them at the ICIF this spring and I just fell in love with the quirky little critters. The Beijing Monkeys are actually made up of magnolia buds and locust skins that are artfully arranged to look like…well, not really monkeys, but people going about their lives! I’ve seen dozens of Beijing Monkey designs and have some sitting on my desk at work. But here at Two Americans in China, you know I LOVE DUMPLINGS! So I thought giving away a scene featuring dumplings would be appropriate. The monkeys are staged in a transparent resin vial. The wooden base diameter is 7.5 cm. Total height is 12 cm. The monkeys will ship in a padded gift box.

Any one in the world is eligible to enter this giveaway! The item will be shipped in January 2016, but you must provide a valid shipping address if you win to receive your monkeys.

What do you think of this month’s prize? Let me know in the comments!

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Vegetarian Thai Peanut Stir Fry Dumplings

Vegetarian Thai Peanut Stir Fry Dumplings

fbb567ef4ac6988e1d8252c098d8c1b5_largeThese were made for Kickstarter backer Jay Haney, who wanted something peanutty and vegetarian. My husband declared them “pretty good for vegetarian.” This recipe is really versatile. You can use whatever veggies you like; the ones listed here are just examples. You could even use frozen mixed vegetables and just mash them or chop them up smaller after they cook. All the ingredients have to be chopped up really small to go into the dumpling wrapper. This recipe also has a kick thanks to the chili garlic sauce. If you can’t find chili garlic sauce or don’t want it spicy, you can leave it out.

Vegetarian Thai Peanut Stir Fry Dumplings

½ cup vegetable broth
1 tbsp cornstarch
¼ cup peanut butter
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp powdered ginger
1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
½ cup water
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 cups chopped vegetables (onion, broccoli florets, carrots, peas, mushrooms, eggplant)
12 dumpling wrappers

  1. In a sauce pan, whisk cornstarch into vegetable broth. Add peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger, and chili garlic sauce and mix well.
  2. Bring sauce to a boil over medium heat, stirring continuously. Lower heat to low and keep stirring until sauce thickens. Set aside.
  3. In a wok, heat vegetable oil on medium heat. Add vegetables and water and cover. Let veggies steam until veggies are tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Mix cooked veggies and half of the sauce mixture together in a bowl.
  5. Rinse out the wok so you can use it to fry the dumplings.
  6. Spoon veggie mixture into dumpling wrappers and pinch closed.
  7. To fry dumplings, preheat oil for 30 second on high heat, then lower heat to medium. Cook dumplings on each side for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Serve hot with remaining sauce mixture.

We are in countdown mode on the Crazy Dumplings campaign now, only 13 days left! So jump over to Kickstarter and support me if you haven’t yet. 

Crazy Dumplings gets 200 backers, 0ver 150% funded so far

Crazy Dumplings gets 200 backers, 0ver 150% funded so far

Peking Duck Dumplings

We had amazing second week! Crazy Dumplings now has over 200 backers and has raised over $4,500, over 150% of our initial goal! We are heading into week 3, which is always a rough patch for almost all Kickstarter projects. The initial excitement has worn off and there is a lull before the final sense of urgency kicks in for week 4. But that’s ok, I have a lot of plans this week to keep generating buzz. I am working on getting a feature in the local paper, I’ll be doing some guest blog posts, and I’ll be making lots of dumplings! Everyone who backs at the $40 level or more gets to submit their own dumpling idea. Some backers have already submitted their ideas, so I have been testing those out. Backer James McKendrew really wanted to see some duck dumplings in the book, so I made some Peking duck dumplings last night. They are really good and are a huge hit at work today! You can check out the Peking duck dumpling recipe here. 

Of course, none of this would be possible without my amazing backers! Since my last update, we have had about 70 new backers join in on the Crazy Dumplings craze! They are James, Geoff Peterson, Zach B., Mig Carbonell, Annie C, Jason Reid, Lee Rushworth, Stacy Behrens, Stephenie Cheng-LaBoyne, Chad and Maddie Essman, Matt Zaba, Carlos Diez-Gil Romero, Jonathon Powell, Kelly DeSando, Michael Michelini, Chris Edwards, Louise, Guy DeWardener, Katie Allen, Ben Keeler, Alexandra Hayes, Kerry Holmes, Coreen Battiato, Justin Poh, Michael Eskowitz, Ryan Handberg, Brian Roberson, David Singer, A Fool’s Fool, Jonas Claumarch, MARGARET SHERMAN, Natasha Bennett, Jon Powell, Jaime Ruiz-Morales, David Lacy, Sayaka Osawa, Lango, Robert Coffey, Matthew Fochs, Candace Fetzer, Paul Sudlow, Jan De Bondt, Mike K, oliver, Kent Keltner, Derek Anderson, Orson Cream, Jennifer Lake, C J Ihre, Lars-Emil Silvstål, Robert Harris, Eileen Hendriksen, Bryce Marley, Patrick Wong, Peter Chamberlain, Angie Doan, Simon Harkins, Stephen Katz, Elizabeth Kranz, Alison, Rebecca Dixon, Peter Warnock, Thierry Corlieto, Stuart Satterfield, Greg Leuch, Tevynn Laws, Nathan Miller, amy, Marc Wydler, and Johnathon Opstad. Thanks so much guys!

Remember that you can get a digital version of the Crazy Dumpling cookbook for only $5.00! And don’t forget to help out by spreading the word. Hopefully I’ll have some more recipes for you soon!

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Crazy Dumplings Are Now On Kickstarter!

Crazy Dumplings Are Now On Kickstarter!

I just relaunched my Kickstarter campaign to raise funding and support for my first cookbook, Crazy Dumplings! I have been cooking and writing in China for almost 4 years now (geeze, has it been that long?), and I have been wanting to write a cookbook since almost the beginning. This will definitely only be the first cookbook I’ll complete in the next two years. But this is the one that has come together the easiest and been the most fun.

front coverCrazy Dumplings is a food fusion cookbook that combines traditional Chinese dumplings with crazy fillings such as buffalo chicken, taco, and apple pie.

Crazy Dumplings will contain over 40 dumpling recipes as well as recipes for various dumpling sauces and dips. People who back at the $40 level will also be able to contribute their own crazy dumpling ideas to the book. For just $5, people will receive an e-copy of the book. For just $15, people will receive a printed copy of the book.





duplingerThere are also lots of other special thank yous people will receive for backing the project. The most popular thank you gift is the amazing dumpling dumplinger! This handy tool will help you make perfect dumplings every single time.




teaAnother thank you that I am very proud to offer is a very special tea blend that I made myself. The tea, containing peach infused jasmine, strawberry oolong tea, and blueberries, among other flavors, is sourced from a local tea producer and will be sent in very lovely Chinese tins.

There are also many other crazy gifts for backers, so be sure to checkout the campaign and back Crazy Dumplings at the level that is right for you.

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