Comfort Food

April 16th, 2009

We had a wonderful holiday with the family. It was the first time we had seen them since Christmas and the changes in little Rachel were quite noticeable. She will be three in May and is now communicating with great enthusiasm. She helped me prepare dinner one night and although we made quite a mess, she was very good at rolling chicken strips in breadcrumbs and placing them on the baking pan.

The only down side to our visit was that I got food poisoning from a fast food sandwich and lost all interest in eating and cooking. Even a trip to Trader Joe’s, which I was looking forward to, was a disaster. My plan was to stock up on hard to find condiments while getting the chicken and panko crumbs for dinner. I ended up spending all of my time in their bathroom – quite nice, by the way – and rushing through the check out line with my meager purchases.

On the way back to Lake Lure we had to stop for groceries for dinner and the only thing that appealed to my sensitive stomach was the thought of chicken and dumplings; a mild, filling and therapeutic dish. I am finally back to normal and will get back my enthusiasm for blogging, but for a while there I was worried that I would never want to look at, or for that matter, think about food again.


1 3 to 4 pound whole chicken
2 stalks of celery
2 carrots
1 onion
6 cups of water
1 or 2 chicken bouillon cubes
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste

3 stalks of celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter, melted
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup minced parsley and chives

Place chicken in large dutch oven and add the two stalks of celery, carrots and onion, roughly chopped. Add the six cups of water, thyme sprigs, and bouillon cubes. Bring water to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook for one hour. Remove chicken to cool slightly and strain broth.

Return broth to dutch oven and add the 3 stalks of chopped celery and 2 chopped carrots. Simmer for 10 minutes while removing the chicken from the bones. Add the shredded chicken and frozen vegetables to the broth.

For the dumplings, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the chopped fresh parley and chives. Add melted butter and milk. Gently mix with spoon until mixture comes together. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls into pot. Cover and simmer until dumplings are cooked through, about 15 minutes. Do not lift lid while cooking.

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7 responses to “Comfort Food”

  1. girlichef says:

    I’m sorry about the food poisoning 🙁 Yucky. The chicken & dumplings do look super-comforting..thank u for posting the recipe!

  2. I am so sorry to hear you got food poisoning. I hope you’re back to normal real soon. Your granddaughter is so adroable. I bet she felt so proud helping you.

    I love chicken and dumplings and like this recipe way better than mine.

  3. What a precious granddaughter you have! It just be so hard to leave her to go home.

    Drat on getting food poisoning! I’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s but I understand they’re pretty good, so I would’ve been VERY disappointed not to be able to fully enjoy the experience.

    Chicken and dumplings. Boy does that bring back some good memories. I haven’t had them since my mother made them decades ago. I’m too chicken to try dumplings LOL. Some folks are afraid of pie crusts; I’m afraid of dumplings!!

    Yours look delish! Gosh, I wish I could have chicken and dumplings!

  4. Penny says:

    Girlichef – Thanks for your support. I am back to normal.
    Katherine – Rachel loved making the chicken. She is a focused kind of child and very girly. Glad you liked the recipe.
    Katy – Come over any time for chicken and dumplings and yes you can make dumplings!

  5. BMK says:

    Hope you are feeling better. That dish would make me feel better!

  6. What a darling granddaughter. You have a new picture on your bio – terrific with her. Being sick is awful. My mother made chicken and dumplings and I haven’t had them in forever. I think I’ll make your recipe for some real comfort food. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  7. ~Carole says:

    Hope you are feeling much better. I’ve never had food poisoning, but can’t imagine how miserable you must’ve felt.

    My youngest daughter, almost 8, cooks with me in the kitchen all the time. She started as soon as she could stand safely on a chair next to me in the kitchen. Your sweet little granddaughter will fondly remember cooking with you.

    Your recipe looks fantastic!

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