I am a wife, a mom of three, and the kitchen is my favorite place in the house. I read cookbooks in my spare time and enjoy getting kitchen appliances for presents :) I love preparing delicious and healthy food for my family and here are a some of what graces our table each week.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Chicken Soup with Dumplings

When I got home from picking up Amelia, the house was so cold and I was too frozen to want to think about dinner and start preparing. I knew the kids were having the new “chickenless nuggets” from Trader Joes, so I was only thinking about me and Danny. I wanted something really good, something that would warm me up! I decided to make soup and it evolved from there. I had some raw chicken breast left in the fridge from Danny’s shopping and some chicken stock in the freezer from Thanksgiving and *tons* of veggies around. I combined the stock and 4 cups or so of water and poached the chicken in that, with diced carrots and sweet potatoes and chopped parsley. I added salt, pepper and dried thyme until it was yummy and shredded the chicken and added it back. I added pasta wheels, but ended up removing them when I decided to make the dumplings – I didn’t want them in the soup for another 10 minutes, they would be mush. Turns out, pasta simmered in chicken stock is really awesome, just ask Macie and Amelia who finished them off for me. Back to the dumplings, they came from my Soup cookbook and are really easy: 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/4 c. water and 1 c. flour. You put dollops of the batter into the simmering soup, cover for 10 minutes. They came out a little on the tough side (my dad would have loved them!), and I am not sure if it was because I put the batter in the fridge while Danny was on his way home, or if they didn’t cook long enough. They were really tasty anyways and the soup was everything I had hoped dinner would be and then some. I served it with challah toast, smeared with that herb butter from Thanksgiving. Yum :)

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