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Chicken and Dumplings Soup

Chicken and Dumplings SoupFor today’s recipe, we’re sticking close to home: the Southern and Midwestern United States.

Chicken and dumplings soup is believed to have originated in these two areas of the country during the Great Depression when home chefs were trying to make the most of the resources they had.

But this dish is also popular in French Canada and is similar in some ways to Chinese wonton soup and Iran’s gondi soup which has matzoh ball-like dumplings.

This chicken and dumplings recipe is from Chef Danielle Turner at www.CookingClarified.com.

Go to Chef Danielle’s website and get the details on how to make this economical yet mouth-watering soup.

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Golabki for Great-Grandmom

Unlike a lot of families in the United States, my family is lucky to have four generations thriving together.  One of the many benefits of having 80 year olds, 60 year olds, 30 year olds, and six year olds living in close proximity is sharing the stories that have shaped our family.  Among these is the search for the lost recipe of stuffed cabbage.

My grandmother’s parents were Hungarian and German.  They enjoyed traditional Eastern European 

cuisine.  However, when the Great Depression struck many of the recipes were altered to reflect the changed financial situation.  Ingredients were omitted or substituted.  One of these “lost” recipes was for stuffed cabbage.  Although we could piece together the recipe as it had been changed, it appeared that the original was no longer circulating in the family.  


Fortunately, a friend told me about golabki, the Polish version of stuffed cabbage.  As she described the process, it struck me that this sounded exactly like what my grandmother had been able to describe to me.  After gathering the ingredients, we breathlessly attempted to recreate my grandmother’s childhood memory.  When it all came together, she was thrilled enough with the results to telephone each of my great-aunts to brag about our recovery of the lost recipe.

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