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Sep 15, 2009

Butter Dumplings for Chicken Soup

Ingredients
6 cups chicken stock
4 tbls butter softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup minced or grated onion
1 salt and pepper to taste


Preparation
Heat the stock in a large pot. Cream the butter in a bowl with the back of a fork, then beat in the eggs. Stir in the flour, parsley, onion, salt and pepper, blending well. Add heated stock 1 tablespoon at a time just until the batter is soft; do not make it too loose or the dumplings will fall apart.

Drop batter by the scant teaspoonful into the simmering broth. Cook until set and cooked through, about 10 minutes, removing the dumplings as they are done. Serve immediately in the soup.

CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS

Ingredients********Chicken Broth*******
1 Fryer (2 1/2 - 3 lb chicken)
Cut up into small pieces.
6 c Cold water
3 Chicken boullion cubes
6 Peppercorns
3 Whole cloves
**********Soup Base*********
1 cn 10 3/4 oz. chicken broth
1 cn 10 3/4 oz. cream chick. soup
1 cn 10 3/4 oz. cream mush. soup
1 c Chopped celery
1 1/2 c Chopped carrots
1/4 c Chopped onion
1 c Chopped potatoes
1 Small bay leaf
1 c Fresh or frozen peas
1 ts Seasoned salt
******Feather Dumplings*****
2 c Flour
1 ts Salt
4 ts Baking powder
1/4 ts White or black pepper
1 Egg, well beaten
2 tb Melted butter
2/3 c Milk


Preparation

Place fryer, water, boullion, peppercorns and cloves in kettle and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until chicken is tender (about 1 1/2 hours). Cool chicken just slightly; cut into bite size pieces and set aside. Strain and skim chicken broth. Put reserved chicken and broth in large kettle; add cans of broth, chicken, and mushroom soups, celery, carrots, onion, potatoes, bay leaf, peas and seasoned salt. Put cover on kettle; simmer soup on low heat for about 2-3 hours. About 30 minutes before serving, mix up feather dumplings by sifting dry ingredients together. Add egg, melted butter and enough milk to make moist, stiff batter. Drop by teaspoons into boiling liquid. Cook, covered and without "peeking" for 18-20 minutes or until the dumplings are done. Yield is 10 - 12 servings.

Grandmas Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Ingredients
********Chicken Broth*******
1 Fryer (2 1/2 - 3 lb chicken)
Cut up into small pieces.
6 c Cold water
3 Chicken boullion cubes
6 Peppercorns
3 Whole cloves
**********Soup Base*********
1 cn 10 3/4 oz. chicken broth
1 cn 10 3/4 oz. cream chick. soup
1 cn 10 3/4 oz. cream mush. soup
1 c Chopped celery
1 1/2 c Chopped carrots
1/4 c Chopped onion
1 c Chopped potatoes
1 Small bay leaf
1 c Fresh or frozen peas
1 ts Seasoned salt
******Feather Dumplings*****
2 c Flour
1 ts Salt
4 ts Baking powder
1/4 ts White or black pepper
1 Egg, well beaten
2 tb Melted butter
2/3 c Milk


Preparation
Place fryer, water, boullion, peppercorns and cloves in kettle and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until chicken is tender (about 1 1/2 hours). Cool chicken just slightly; cut into bite size pieces and set aside. Strain and skim chicken broth. Put reserved chicken and broth in large kettle; add cans of broth, chicken, and mushroom soups, celery, carrots, onion, potatoes, bay leaf, peas and seasoned salt. Put cover on kettle; simmer soup on low heat for about 2-3 hours. About 30 minutes before serving, mix up feather dumplings by sifting dry ingredients together. Add egg, melted butter and enough milk to make moist, stiff batter. Drop by teaspoons into boiling liquid. Cook, covered and without "peeking" for 18-20 minutes or until the dumplings are done. Yield is 10 - 12 servings.

SALADS

Waldorf Jell-O Salad
1 (3 oz.) pkg. orange Jell-O
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
3/4 c. diced, unpeeled apple
dash salt
1 c. boiling water
1/4 c. chopped celery
3/4 c. cold water
1/4 c. chopped nuts

Dissolve gelatin and salt in boiling water. Add cold water and lemon juice. Chill until thickened. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into a 4-cup mold. Chill until firm.



Watergate Salad
1 small box instant pistachio pudding
1 large (9 oz.) bowl Cool Whip
1 large can crushed pineapple
2 c. miniature marshmallows
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1/2 c. milk
1 c. chopped pecans

Stir pudding and pineapple together until all pudding is moist. Add Cool Whip, milk and mayonnaise, then pecans and marshmallows. Chill before serving. Freezes beautifully.

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Recipe: Lemon Bars
Courtesy of Microplane
Crust
1/2 pound butter room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Filling
6 large eggs at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (use Microplane® Fine or Zester/Grater)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
Confectioner's sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Crust:
Cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9x13x2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill. Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool.

Filling:
For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature. Cut into squares and dust with confectioners' sugar.

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