Spotlight Recipe: Steamed Vegetable Dumplings

Today is the beginning of Chinese New Year, an ancient celebration all about toasting hard work and prosperity. Kick off the Year of the Ox with these dumplings.

Today is the beginning of Chinese New Year, an ancient celebration all about toasting hard work and prosperity. Kick off the Year of the Ox with these steamed veggie dumplings. Dumplings represent wealth so indulge for good fortune.

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