It’s cold. Colder than what? You know the answer.
But what’s the answer for dinner on the coldest of cold days?
I know the most popular answer – good old chili.
But what I remember my mom making on a cold day – and what fired me up – was chicken and dumplings.
So that’s what I decided to make today. I do it the old fashioned way by boiling and then de-boning a whole chicken. I season the chicken with Magic Chick Dust from the Townsend Spice Store in Melbourne. The broth – and I add some heavy whipping cream late in the process – is just amazing stuff.
I’ve got chopped carrots, corn (straight off the cob), peas, celery and some onions. Oh boy, oh boy!
I am not going to pretend that I make the dumplings from scratch. I mix mine from Bisquick. That’s all I have left to do.
My favorite part of the entire afternoon in this process is the humidity it adds to your house. Boiling the chicken is just a wonderful experience. The house smells good and it feels warmer. I’ve always heard adding a little humidity to the house is good on a cold day. I just did.
What is your favorite cold day meal? And if you say a banana split, you fail the class.