I have so many great memories of family dinners and helping my grandmothers in the kitchen. These memories are some of what I want to impart on my children. I want them to think back and remember the family time around the dinner table. The conversations had, the relationships made and of course, the food that was served.
This week’s theme for #SundaySupper is Favorite Childhood Meals. It was a hard task to narrow down just one meal, but Chicken and Dumplings won out. It is a meal that is perfect for fall in Michigan. The days are getting shorter and cooler. Hot, comfort food, is a great way to cozy up and watch the season change. Chicken and Dumplings is a staple during Fall and Winter in my household, it is always a hit, and while this post is sponsored by American Family Insurance, the opinions and experience are my very own.
One of the great things about making childhood family meals, is getting my own children into the kitchen. They enjoy helping out with prep and with cooking. Mostly, they are growing boys so their very favorite part is the tasting. When they were younger, to get them interested in cooking, I took them to the Farmers Market and let them pick out the vegetables they wanted to add to our dishes. They loved this and they were more apt to try new things if it was their idea instead of mine. The shopping expeditions soon turned into a garden of our own. The boys helped pick out the seeds to grow. They were excited each year to pick food from our garden. The hands on approach really appeals to them. There have been times I have had to chase them from my tomatoes in order have some left for canning. The boys still get excited to go out to the coop and collect the eggs. In my opinion, it is important to share where food comes from as well as how to prepare it with your children.
Chicken and Dumplings
- 1 Cooked Chicken (Shredded)
- 5 Carrots (Peeled and Chopped)
- 1 Small Onion (Diced)
- 1/4 cup Celery (Chopped)
- 4 cups Chicken Brother
- 1 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- Olive Oil (to saute your veggies)
- 3 tablespoons Half and Half (for finishing the broth)
- 1 tablespoon Butter (To finish the broth)
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour (For dumplings)
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 tablespoon White Corn Meal
- 1/2 cup Whole Milk
You can use a store bought rotisserie chicken or cook your chicken and set aside.
There is something else exciting going on besides just my Chicken and Dumplings, even though I have to say they are tasty. American Family Insurance Company is having a “Share Your Recipe” sweepstakes. For 6 weeks, a weekly prize of $100 Williams-Sonoma gift card will be given, plus a grand prize of a $500 Williams-Sonoma gift card. How great would that be?! For more details and to share your family recipe, visit: https://contests.amfam.com/familydinnertable/
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To celebrate Childhood Memories, the #SundaySupper Team has been hard at work preparing a great collection of meals to share with yours. There is something for everyone and can be found on our Pinterest Board.
Here are favorite childhood meals by Sunday Supper bloggers. Please take the time to visit each one and read the stories behind what makes them special:
- Asian Short Rib Tacos with Pineapple & Crunchy Slaw by Foxes Loves Lemons
- Barbecue Chicken Pizza by In The Kitchen With KP
- Beef & Potato Skillet Supper by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Braised Pork Chops and Sauerkraut by kimchi MOM
- Chicken a la King by Juanita’s Cocina
- Chicken and Dumplings by Country Girl In The Village
- Chicken Crescent Squares by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Family Fave Lasagne by NinjaBaking.com
- Gluten Free Peppered Steak by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Greek Meatballs (Soutzoukakia) by Supper For A Steal
- Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Casserole by girlichef
- Hungarian Goulash by The Foodie Army Wife
- Linguine with fresh Tomatoes and Basil by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Meatloaf by Magnolia Days
- Peixe Asado no Forno | Fish Baked in the Oven by Family Foodie
- Pierogies by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Sour Cream Coffee Cake by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Straw and Hay Pasta by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Swiss Steak by Curious Cuisiniere
- Veggie Mac and Cheese by Hip Foodie Mom
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Disclosures: This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own. This post contains an affiliate link.