I Love It!

Here in Nashvlle, there’s a nip in the air.  (Well, considering it was pushing 100 not very long ago, upper 60’s is almost a blizzard).  I’ve been waiting for cooler weather, so I can start making cooler-weather dinners.  My “big three”, as it were: chili, beef and barley soup, and my famous chicken & dumplings.  I don’t have any ground beef (or Archer Daniels Midland beef-type-substance), so tonight, I’m making chicken and dumplings.

It’s one of the few things I can say that I cook as well as my mother.

Now, C&D is that kind of dish that causes arguments over the best preparation method.  Roll the dumplings out, or make drop-dumplings?  I can do both ways, and they turn out well.  I prefer rolled out, just because if they’re done right you get the best of both worlds: well formed dumplings AND a thicker sauce (I can’t stand runny C&D).

My method isn’t too fattening either (although it’s hard not to get seconds).

I’m just SOOOOO happy to be able to make my favorite comfort foods again!

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6 Responses to “I Love It!”

  1. Klinde Says:

    I am with you on that. I was just discussing that very thing today that I am looking forward to said chicken and dumplings, white bean chicken chili, beef stew, chili… Yum, time to rummage through the fridge….

  2. Rachel Says:

    I’ve been lusting after crock pot-cooked meals for two weeks. You must share your chicken and dumplings recipe – I’ve never attempted this particular feat.

  3. nm Says:

    I just cooked C & D a couple of nights ago. Funny, though, I don’t think of it as a cold-weather dish. For me it’s a year-round one. Now, pot roast, goulash, and my grandma’s split pea soup are cold-weather foods in my house. And (cover your eyes, southerners) stuffed poultry of all kinds. Mmmmm, stuffed roast chicken. I’m not really eager for fall this year, since I feel that we got cheated out of summer, but I am eager for fall foods.

  4. sistasmiff Says:

    Roll em out dumplins fo sho.

    I had Terry’s Granny, who was famous for her C &D’s, tell me how she made them one time. It took about an hour for her to figure out how she did it. She’d been making them since she was a kid. C &D’s is one of those dishes people think of as being really complicated but they really are one of the more simpler things out there. I think its rolling stuff out that scares people.

  5. dolphin Says:

    Ahh, yes, TheBoyfriend™ just made his first post of zucchini chili yesterday. It’s officially the cool season.


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