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Chicken and Dumplings

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The computer added that exclamation mark. Really. It’s very intuitive.

Did today need a pot of chicken and dumplings simmering on the stove? Mine did. It was all I could do to keep myself from devouring the lot, standing at the stove, and the only deterrent was the risk of incinerating my tongue. It may have been worth it.

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I tried to take pictures. I mean I did, but I could barely focus. The steam was making me ravenous, like that cartoon steam that winds out of delicious things and swirls up your nose. I snapped a few, grabbed a fork and took the bowl to the couch for some alone time. Then I came back for a rendezvous with the pot.

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This feels like the sort of thing I should have grown up with, but it wasn’t. My childhood never knew a dumpling. These are the deal deal – sticky dough you drop by the spoonful onto the surface of the simmering stew, then cook by covering the pot and letting them steam, infusing themselves with the flavours of the stew, which is so much better than the sum of its parts. And so easy. For real.

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Chicken Stew with Dumplings

The ultimate one-pot comfort food.

canola oil, for cooking
6-8 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs
1 Tbsp butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken stock
1 carrot, finely chopped
1/2 cup frozen green peas
1/3 cup half & half or heavy cream

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup heavy (whipping) cream

Heat the oil in a wide, heavy pot over medium-high heat and brown the chicken on all sides. Transfer to a plate. Add the butter, onions and thyme to the pan and cook until soft. Add the flour and stir to coat the onions. Add the stock, return the chicken to the pot and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in the carrot, peas and cream.

Meanwhile, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the cream. Drop the dough by the spoonful onto the simmering stew, spacing them an inch or so apart. Cover and cook until the dumplings have doubled in size, about 15 minutes. Serves 4-6.

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March 04 2015 | chicken & turkey and stews & braises | 10 Comments »

Bang Bang Turkey

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Those of you who have spent some time here (thank you!) know that I am prone to making recipes just because I love their names. (Case in point: this is really just a cake, but don’t you just want to make it immediately?) I’m not sure what ‘bang bang’ means in this case; it’s not that I actually want to off the turkey. (Except maybe I do. Enough already.)

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I’m a (big) fan of the turkey sandwich, on homemade buttered bread with cranberry sauce, but by this time in the program any turkey I have lingering in my fridge or freezer I’d rather not resemble the original meal, thank you. Also, I’m about ready for a break from bread and cheese, and maybe a big, crunchy salad – so long as it’s one with personality, and dousing it in peanut sauce with a bit of a chili kick instead of dressing can’t hurt.

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I didn’t stray much from the original, but this salad would take on other veggies well – peas, carrots, radishes – and I doubt anyone would notice if you made bang bang chicken.

Bang Bang Turkey

Adapted from Nigella via the New York Times.

Bang Bang sauce:
3 Tbsp. peanut butter
1-2 Tbsp. chili-garlic sauce
1 Tbsp. brown sugar or honey
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1-2 tsp. sesame oil

1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped or shredded
1/2 cucumber, chopped
2 cups shredded leftover turkey
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint (optional)
1-2 green onions, chopped

To make the sauce, shake all the ingredients up with a couple tablespoons of water until well combined and smooth.

Pile the chopped lettuce on a platter and top with cucumber, turkey, cilantro, mint and green onions. Drizzle with sauce, saving some to pass around at the table.

Serves 4.

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January 08 2015 | chicken & turkey and salads | 13 Comments »

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