Tag Archives: chicken & dumplings

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5 Jun

Considering I am a little over 30 days away from 30 (Duh duh duhhhhh! Geesh, I sincerely hope the world doesn’t implode on July 8th) I have decided to write love letters (or hate letters in some cases) to each of my goals as a way to reflect on this crazy year.

So here I go…

Dear Learn How To Cook,

I only put you on the list because I realized that, sadly, I couldn’t eat at the Whole Foods prepared section for the rest of my life. That, and I thought it would be nice to be able to cook dinner for my future kids- those little imaginary bundles of joy deserve a mom who makes homemade dinners, right? So for those two reasons, I put “learn how to cook” on my “365 til 30” list and tried to forget about my earlier bad experiences attempting you – hey, people can change, right?

After fearing you for so long, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to tackle you at first. How does one learn to cook? Should I teach myself a new recipe each week? Learn a whole book of recipes a la Julie and Julia? Maybe take cooking classes? I was stuck….but then I had an idea! What if I asked people in my life to teach me their favorite dishes- they would most likely be patient with me as well!!

I have to give myself a pat on the back for this brilliant idea because not only did I learn how to cook this year, but I formed surprising new bonds and strengthened old friendships and connections in the process.

Learning how to cook brought me closer to everyone in my life.

I fell in love with the process of gathering in the kitchen to cook with friends…conversation, laughter and good wine flowing in the process. I also fell in love with that warm feeling I got in my heart when I prepared a meal for somebody else…there is something so nurturing about it. In addition to that warm feeling I got in my heart, my ego also wanted to scream with delight…I. Made. This. For. You! Aren’t you in awe as well??! Where is my applause?!

Some of my favorite memories this year happened attempting to master you. I laughed A LOT, cried once (ok maybe twice), got over my aversion to handling raw chicken, learned the famous chicken & dumplings dish my pops ate as a kid, learned the art of cooking with ski googles and almost chopped my finger off only once. I’d say this whole adventure in the kitchen was a success!
So thanks, cooking. Thanks for making my life come alive. Thanks for helping me see what I want my kitchen to look like moving into my 30’s. Now I know that I want to be the kind of woman who has her friends over for Sunday night dinners, makes breakfast in bed for Brian, whips up delicious soups on rainy afternoons and bakes pies with her kids.

You helped me become a better woman.

I have decided that I will be keeping you on my goal list for next year because I plan on doing lots and lots more of you during my 30th year. This is only the beginning for us.
Love, Kate


A trip down memory lane…

-learning Aunt Paule’s famous Kugle recipe

– Learning Mary’s Peach Pie

– Learning Pamela and my Dad’s lemon squares

– the night I handled raw chicken and almost killed people by serving a raw bird-

– learning how to make pizza from scratch

Moroccan chicken with Alex-

the night I realized I was comfortable in the kitchen-

– The night I tried to go all Julia Child-

-the night I wore ski goggles to cook-

– learning my grandma’s chicken & dumplings

 – learning Aunt Michelle’s apple cake-

Many more to come….

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“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

Harriet Van Horne

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6 Mar

LEARN TO COOK: CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS

Teacher : My Mom-Mom aka my Grandmother

Dish: Chicken & Dumplings

My Mom Mom has been making this famous dish of hers for the last 50 years! Can you believe that?? She’s been making chicken and dumplings for fifty years! I think it’s safe to say she’s perfected her recipe at this point. She started making chicken & dumplings many moons ago back in Delaware to feed her large family (one husband and six children to be exact) because it was cheap, easy to make and the results fed a lot of people. Considering I will probably never have six children (I think I would have had to start by now), I will make it for dinner parties instead!!

The dish is so yummy…imagine the best chicken noodle soup you have ever had and then times it by 100- the “melt in your mouth dumplings” are heaven and the chicken is so moist. Making the dumplings was so much easier than I thought it would be! Mom Mom gave me a quick lesson about how to handle the dough and passed the baton to me but stood by to oversee my work- I think she was pleased with the results.

 My Mom Mom is such an incredible lady- she’s smart, lively, funny and opinionated. She loves her family and at 89 has raised six children (3 boys & 3 girls), has six grandchildren (5 boys and me) and one great-grandchild (who happens to be the cutest little lady you may ever meet). She likes to call people “cute as a button” and the way it rolls off her tongue you can’t help but smile. When we were cooking it hit me how thankful I was for this experience. It’s only recently that she moved from Delaware (her home for over 85 years) to Los Angeles and I have had the joy of seeing her more often…lucky me!
This cooking lesson will be up there as one of my top favorite memories from the year because learning how to cook from people I love isn’t just about the food. I love the conversation, I love to hear the stories, I love the laughter and I love the warmth. I also love that my Dad used to eat this dish when he was a little boy and to think that I will make it for my children one day warms my heart (as cliché as that may sound!).
During our afternoon I was also struck by how thankful I am for 365 til 30. It has brought so much joy and brought me closer to everyone in my life. As funny as this may sound, it’s brought my life to life! I cherish these moments with the people I love and learning their favorite dishes has become one of the best parts of 365 til 30.

 The best take away from the evening other than a full belly was the hand-written recipe she wrote for me. I’m a sucker for hand written recipes…especially one that was signed with this…

For my one and only darling Granddaughter, Kate

Mom Mom with Love. 

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RECIPE

thoroughly wash organic chicken and place in roasting pan with chopped celery and onion/ Bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours/to prepare dumpling mix add 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 3/4 cup warm water/ roll out on lightly floured surface/ drop in one inch pieces and cook for 7 minutes.