My mind wandered as I stirred the pot, I thought back to learning how to cook. When I left my parents nest I had a basic set of skills. We were a family of five and did the best with what we had. I could pretty much whip up anything with hamburger in it. I knew how to cut up and onion and make pasta. I was a pro at cooking for five. I had done it since I could remember. Learning how to cook other things came slowly.
I first starting cooking things from a box. Grocery stores now days are filled with easy to make meals that come nicely packaged in a box. They also came with lots of preservatives and other things I can't seem to pronounce. My first Chicken and Dumplings was from a box. It came with a can of chicken stew and a pouch of baking mix that you add to it and bake. It was tasty but as my skills improved so did my confidence. Soon I became adventurous. Thanks to the Hubby for always eating it or mostly eating it!
The last three dumplings.
Today I made a short cut and used canned broth and poached the chicken breast. If I have the time I use a whole chicken and make the stock but I didn't have a whole chicken and I was way to lazy to go to the grocery store. Or leave the house in that matter. So basically I used what I had.
I poached the chicken in three cans of chicken broth. When the chicken was done I took it out and let it cool for shredding while I put the stock aside for later. Then I sautéed some onion, celery, carrots, and a clove of garlic. When they got soft I added the chicken stock back along with a pinch of oregano, thyme and a bay leaf. I shredded the chicken and added that back in. Then let that simmer for about twenty minutes while made the dumpling mix. Most of the time I use Bisquick, since I was out of that I used this substitution recipe from Erika Jurney except I used butter instead of Crisco. I also added 1/2 a teaspoon of garlic powered and a teaspoon of poultry seasoning. After I made the dumpling mix I used the dumpling recipe from the back of the box, or the website if you don't actually have the box. I scooped them out with a mini disher or other wise known as mini ice cream scoop. The instructions say 10 minutes with the lid on and off but I usually find that 8 works well for me. Probably since I use the mini scoop.
It didn't occur to me to take a picture of the bowl while it was full.
I was to busy stuffing myself to think about that.
I am a floater kind of a person. Not that I mean to offend anyone but if you are a fan of sinkers then you are just a fan of Chicken Noodle Soup.