Mama’s Chicken and Dumplings

by Natalie on March 12, 2012

Mama's Chicken and Dumplings

Here in Texas we are wrapping up a mild winter. We’ve been blessed with a lot of 70-degree days with a few chilly days mixed in. Last week’s chilly day (which I hope is our last) left me craving chicken and dumplings.

This recipe is for my mother’s chicken and dumplings which consist of homemade chicken broth filled with big chunks of chicken and giant fluffy dumplings. The dumplings and the broth are seasoned with garlic powder and sage. So delicious.

Mama's Chicken and Dumplings

You may be reading things and thinking “that is not how I eat my chicken and dumplings!” But it seems to me that there a few recipes in life that are only edible when prepared the way your mother makes it; chicken and dumplings tops this list for me (followed by nachos and hot chocolate). If this is not your mama’s I suggest you try it because I think it is pretty dang good!

To prepare it cut a whole chicken into eight pieces: breasts, legs and thighs, wings, back, and neck. Place all of this into a large pot and cover with eight cups of water. Add in one diced onion and season with sage, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer on low for about 40 minutes or until meat is cooked through.

Remove chicken from pot and remove skin and shred the meat. Discard any bones, skin, fat, and the neck. Skim any fat from the top of the broth. Add shredded chicken back to broth.

In a medium bowl add Pioneer Baking Mix (don’t ask me why but it must be Pioneer, Bisquick doesn’t come out the same). Be careful to get the baking mix and not the pancake mix, I’ve made that mistake before! Add to this milk, salt and pepper, garlic powder, and sage. Stir until well combined. Slowly add more milk if needed and stir until a wet dough forms. Drop large spoonful’s of dough into the simmering broth. Cover and let cook for about five minutes.

Mama's Chicken and Dumplings

This is one of my favorite cold day meals and always makes me think of home. Even the way it makes the house smell when cooking is comforting. I have to admit that I don’t eat much of the chicken and go straight for the fluffy dumplings. Even if this isn’t your Mama’s recipe I think you will still be pleased!

Mama's Chicken and Dumplings

 

 

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Chocolate and Coffee Cookies Recipe

by Natalie on March 8, 2012

Chocolate and Coffee Cookies Recipe

I’ve always been a fan of a good chocolate and coffee pairing. When I was in junior high a Baskin Robbins moved into my small town bringing with it my new vice. If you’ve ever tried this chocolate and coffee combo you know exactly what I am referring to (you are probably addicted as well).

Yes, I love Mocha Cappuccino Blasts.

These are similar to Frappuccino’s, but so much better. Unlike the Starbucks’s drink, the Baskin Robbins treat is made with ice cream. So amazing.

My sister turned 16 about the time Baskin Robbins came to town so we made many afternoon trips to get a treat. We’d often be asked to bring one to someone else only to scarf down half of ours and part of his or hers. We didn’t make very good delivery people.

Baskin Robbins closed a few years later, despite us doing our best to keep them in business, but I still get to revisit my favorite treat every couple of years.

The Mocha Cappuccino Blast secured my coffee chocolate love to which I rekindled in this delicious Chocolate Coffee Cookie.

These cookies are very chewy and delicious with rich chocolate flavors and a hint of coffee.

To prepare these cookies I beat together butter, brown sugar, sugar, and an egg until well combined. I then stirred in cold coffee. Finally I added in flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa until smooth. I stirred in chocolate chips and dropped tablespoon size mounds onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Chocolate and Coffee Cookies Recipe

After only about eight minutes at 400 these delightful cookies were ready for me to devour after being tortured by the yummy coffee sugary smell.

Chocolate and Coffee Cookies Recipe

These baked up chewy and delicious. They are the perfect balance of sweet and salty and deepened with cocoa powder.

Chocolate and Coffee Cookies Recipe

If you are a coffee and chocolate lover like myself you will enjoy these. But be sure to keep them out of arms reach or, before you know it, the entire batch will be gone.

 

 

 

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