Authentic voices. Remarkable stories. AOL On Originals showcase the passions that make the world a more interesting place.
Connected features the personal stories of six New Yorkers woven together into one of the most intimate series ever. This groundbreaking show changes the nature of storytelling by giving each character a camera to document their lives. The result is a unique format revealing as different as everyone appears to be, we are all universally Connected.
Wake up to your world in 2 minutes.
Jews and Money. Asian Drivers. Polish IQ. CPT… that's racist! But where do these stereotypes come from? Comedian Mike Epps explores the backstories of this humor and how history and fact often distorts into a snide – but sometimes funny – shorthand.
"INSPIRED" features celebrities, visionaries and some of the biggest newsmakers of our generation, recounting the stories behind their biggest, life-changing moments of inspiration.
In a compelling series of verite encounters, Win Win provides unique access into the minds and lives of the world’s most-celebrated entrepreneurs and athletes.
Explore what it means to be human as we rush head first into the future through the eyes, creativity, and mind of Tiffany Shlain, acclaimed filmmaker and speaker, founder of The Webby Awards, mother, constant pusher of boundaries and one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st Century.”
Nicole Richie brings her unfiltered sense of humor and unique perspective to life in a new series based on her irreverent twitter feed. The show follows the outspoken celebrity as she shares her perspective on style, parenting, relationships and her journey to adulthood.
Comedy is hard, but teaching comedy to children is hilariously difficult. Kevin Nealon is giving the challenge to some world-famous comedians. As these young minds meet with comedy’s best, get ready to learn some valuable comedy lessons, and to laugh!
James Franco loves movies. He loves watching them, acting in them, directing them, and even writing them. And now, he’s going to take some of his favorite movie scenes from the most famous films of all time, and re-imagine them in ways that only James can.
The story of punk rock singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! who came out as a woman in 2012, and other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media.
Executive produced by Zoe Saldana (who will be the subject of one episode), a celebrity travels back to their hometown to pay tribute to the one person from their past (before they were famous) who helped change their life by giving them an over-the-top, heart-felt surprise.
Enter the graceful but competitive world of ballet through the eyes of executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker. This behind-the-scenes docudrama reveals what it takes to perform on the ultimate stage, the New York City Ballet. Catch NYCB on stage at Lincoln Center.
Park Bench is a new kind of "talking show" straight from the mind of born and bred New Yorker and host, Steve Buscemi.
Hi, I am Betty. Welcome to Betty’s Kitchen. We are going to be making a side dish and it is called Updated Homestyle Dumplings. You have had dumplings I am sure and usually they are made, if they are homemade then they are made with a dough and a rolled out and cut and there is lot of effort and time that it goes into making that. I am saying that mine are updated because I am going to use canned refrigerated biscuits. I have got a couple of small cans here and I am going to use some chicken broth and that is all there is to it.
This is a 14½ ounce can of chicken broth. I will say that it is important to pick a kind of chicken broth that you are familiar with and that you like because it is not necessary at the expense of the chicken broth but the quality. And sometimes I have tried chicken broth for this recipe or maybe a related recipe and it is just not tasting as good because the broth itself did not taste as good. So just see at something that you maybe have used before and depend on and trust and that will make this a delight.
The two cans I have here of refrigerated biscuits are called Butter Me Not varieties I find that those work best and that if you do not have those you could use another kind. I would rather not use the Tender Flake or the ones that kind of vary in layers. It is not really the dumpling style. So, if you can get something that is like the Butter Me Not, I have already started opening these because I didn’t want to have to pop them and make a big noise but each of them has five in the container and you can get a container of 10. So, my rule is the ratio is one can of 10 biscuits to one can of the 14½ ounce chicken broth.
So, what I need to do is get these biscuits someway into there. I could just start tearing them with my fingers and you know however they end up it is fine. I mean that is the way dumplings look but it is so much easier just to take your kitchen shears and just quarter these. Do you see how nice it is to get those into quarters? And then just drop them in. And here is one of my secrets. Drop them into room temperature broth. Do not bring the broth to a boil on the stove and then put them in. What would happen in that case is when they hit that hot broth, they will fluff out and start to bake and they will be nice and puffy and tasty but they will not be the traditional old-fashioned type of dumpling that I was raised with. Now, maybe you are not looking for the same thing that I like but I like the center to be chewy and gummy and that is the old-fashion home style dumpling. So, give me a second here and I am just going to chop all these into quarters and put them in here, I will go over the stove and I will heat these and then I will let you see what they look like while they are boiling.
You can tell when your dumplings are done by looking at them and seeing if they are nice and bubbly and kind of brown like this. They will be thicker the more you have stirred them. You do not have to stir them constantly. In fact if you do, they probably will just be one big mash. So, you want to keep the separate pieces so you just stir it occasionally. And for this batch it took I think three minutes for it to comeback to a boil and then I have been letting it cook on low heat for about eight minutes. And just stirring occasionally and this is what we have. So, I am going to bring it over here and just ladle this into a serving bowl. And you do want it to have some gravy left there, so if you stir it too vigorously throughout the cooking; you may have destroyed all of the broth and let all of the biscuits absorb that broth so that there really is not much gravy but it is a nice looking dish like that. And when you serve some to your guest, you will just add a dip in, get some hair from the end, try it some gravy with it too, it is a nice lovely gravy. And then for myself, I like to use fresh ground pepper on top of it, so you just crack a little bit there to the top of it and let us see what the texture has come out like. I will just take one of these, I can get it on a cork, it is hot. There you see that? Well, it is kind of got that gluey chewy gumminess that is traditional in home style dumplings. I think you will like it.