Appetizers

Lumpia Rolls

Rating: 4 stars 12
This is a recipe that my mom brought back from a military stint in Japan. She has made it for family reunions, and it is always the first thing to go! These can also be prepared ahead and frozen, then deep fried just before you plan to serve!

Pico De Gallo de Alicia

Rating: 4.5 stars 35
An authentic Mexican salsa made with tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos. Serve with tacos, nachos, tortilla chips, black beans, refried beans, or fajitas or use as an ingredient in many Mexican recipes. My family uses it as a side in which to dip grilled steak. If you like it hot, then this is for you; this pico is not for the faint of heart. It is very hot, which most people in my circle like. If you don't like highly spicy dishes, you might might want to try something less spicy or cut down the jalapeno and use a type pepper that is more to your taste.

Easy Blender Salsa

Rating: 4.5 stars 73
My family begs me to make this blender salsa during football season, with or without company coming over. It's so easy to make, that I don't mind. Use caution with the jalapeño pepper, however. I recommend using kitchen or disposable gloves. These amounts are the flavor my family likes, but you can use less or more jalapeño pepper depending on your tastes.
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Air Fryer Potstickers

Rating: 3.5 stars 4
Enjoy pork, mushrooms, and water chestnuts in crispy air-fried dumplings.

Whole Shrimp Potstickers

Rating: 4 stars 5
There's nothing wrong with the traditional method of making potsticker filling with ground or finely chopped meat, but something wonderful happened when I experimented with whole shrimp. A minimal approach to seasoning the filling enhances the flavor, while allowing the shrimp to be the stars of the show. And my favorite thing about potstickers is the contrast between one browned, crispy side and one softer, chewier, steamed side, which is how I cooked these, although you can crisp both sides if preferred. I just recommend you pick these up and eat them with your hands so you can enjoy every bit of the juicy, delicious filling.