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Butter and Herb Chicken Dumplings

Have you ever had a recipe that was supposed to be easy but caused you no end of doubt and worry? I just had that experience with this recipe and it was terrifying. As I was cooking I kept asking, “Are these supposed to look like this?” “Is this dough too thin?” “Isn’t this supposed to be thicker?” “Does that look mixed to you?”

The recipe looked easy, simple, and quick–and it was–but, boy, was I anxious about how these would turn out. I think it’s because I expected something a bit more involved and was caught off guard when the work was finished in less than five minutes.

Dumplings in chicken soup.
In the end, they tasted great and were one of the easiest meals I have made. Not all my dumplings were picture-perfect, but they sure tasted great.

Why did it cause me problems? Well, click through to find out.

I was flying blind. Not only had I never made dumplings before, but I could also not remember ever having them before. I had no idea how they were supposed to cook or what they were supposed to look like. I was still tired and a bit under the weather, so I skipped my usual research for new recipes. I just chose the recipe from How to Cook Everything that was next to the chicken soup.

They were fine, it turns out I can follow instructions.

Chicken dumplings in soup.
Butter and Herb Chicken Dumplings

Ingredients
6 cups chicken stock
4 tablespoons butter (half a stick) (softened)
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/3 fresh parsley
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

Bring the 6 cups chicken stock to a simmer.
In a mixing bowl, mash the butter with a fork until soft and creamy. Add the eggs and mix until combined (it’s fine if it doesn’t get completely incorporated).
Add the rest of the ingredients (salt and pepper to your liking). Add any other herbs you like (I added about 1/2 teaspoon of Herbs en Provence). The dough will still be creamy, don’t worry, it’s fine.
Measure out about teaspoon sized amounts and, using another spoon or your fingers, scoop it out into the simmering broth. Try to keep the dough together or you will end up with some oddly shaped dumplings, as I did.
Simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with chicken soup.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Cold weather is upon us. Pumpkins and other winter squash are everywhere (well, less now that Halloween is over). Perfect time to make a nice, hot soup. You can use pumpkin or other winter squashes in this dish. I don’t really like to cook with pumpkin. I like other winter squashes, but pumpkin–not so much. I don’t know if this is because most pumpkins are grown for carving instead of taste, but as for other winter squashes, butternut is probably my favorite. The tough skin and hard flesh may put some people off working with it–but as with anything, the key is breaking it into smaller pieces. Take a look at some instructions from The Kitchn if you are having some trouble.

This soup is nice and creamy with a mild sweetness to it. I plan on making a more basic soup later this year, but I wanted something richer for this soup. The sweetness comes from adding an equal proportion of apples to squash to the soup. Apples are not the most common ingredient in soup, but they are delicious.

Go through the jump to see the recipe.

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