Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Chicken n' dumplings

This is seriously one of the best things I have ever made and it was SO easy. I got the recipe from a friend at work and then altered it a little based on a few other recipes I have seen...

Sayer said it "tops any chicken n' dumplins he has ever had"...

  • 2 large chicken breast
  • half a medium sized onion - finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic - minced
  • 1 32oz container of chicken broth
  • 1 celery stalk - finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon of poultry seasoning
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can of jumbo buttermilk biscuits
  • about a cup of flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
I baked the chicken breast in the oven the night before with a little bit of olive oil and poultry seasoning and then just shredded them into bite size pieces. You could also use a rotisserie chicken from the Deli. Brown onions and garlic in a little bit of oil in your pot on medium heat. Once onions turn translucent add celery and let cook for another minute or so to soften the celery. Add chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, chicken and poultry seasoning and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes.

While soup is simmering you can work on the dumplings!

First take biscuits out of can and flatten each one out to about 1/8 of an inch. Mix flour with pepper and salt in a bowl. Cut biscuits in long strips that are about a half an inch wide. Should make about 5-6 strips per biscuit. Next take each strip and cover both sides with flour mixture. This will help to thicken the soup and also to keep biscuits from dissolving in hot water.

Turn heat back to medium high and once boiling add the dumplings to the pot one at a time. Gently place dumplings on top of soup. Do not stir dumplings around or they will dissolve. All the dumplings will rise to the top and float around while they cook. Turn heat down to low and cover for about 20 minutes. Every 5 minutes or so you can push down lightly on the dumplings into the soup to make sure they are not sticking together. That's it! Enjoy :)

This will serve about 4-6 people, depending on your serving size. Its great for fall weather and it really is super easy!!

New York post coming soon!


Friday, October 8, 2010

Blog Shout-out!

My cousin, Marj, has a really cute blog about her journey to become less messy and other life adventures...its funny and you will enjoy it:) Todays post features some of my sisters artwork...check it out (link below)!

One mess at a time

Rockford: Simple and Fresh

Last week I had dinner with a friend at Rockford on Glenwood. When you first walk up to this restaurant you are not really sure what to expect because it is just a simple glass door with the restaurant name and address printed on front which leads to a random staircase. But when you walk up the stairs there is a beautiful restaurant with gorgeous wood floors, a well stocked bar and lots of cute little tables. After doing a little research I found out that this place closed down for a few months and was opened back up recently under new management. I can not speak for the restaurant before the current management but the experience I had was excellent. 
The service was great. Our waiter was not overly attentive, which can be annoying…but instead filled our waters when they were empty, asked us for our order after we had time to catch up and asked how our food was after we had actually had time to taste it. Don’t you hate when you go out to eat and before you can even taste your food the waiter is asking “how is everything?” umm well I will let you know once I actually have a bite. Sorry. Random pet peeve of mine. Anyways….

I had the Turkey Bacon Avocado sandwich with a side of seasonal succotash (stewed tomatoes, Lima beans and corn). It was delicious. All of the ingredients were very fresh and the unique flavors were out of this world. I am a sucker for succotash and this one was really good. Again, all fresh ingredients that tasted like they were straight from the farmers market.

I will definitely be coming back here to try some other things on the menu. Apparently the pimento cheese sandwich is to die for!

Sayer and I are heading to the mountains this weekend for a wedding and then to NYC next week! I am so excited because I have never been…I will definitely have to do a blog post when we get back about our trip.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!