Mmm… and it’s not chicken and dumplings. Boil a whole chicken with plenty of celery and onions and a carrot or two, Add sprigs of thyme and rosemary, some black peppercorns and a dash of salt. It takes an hour or so, longer and the chicken falls all apart later when you cook it again. Discard all but the chicken and that lovely broth. Pull the meat off the bones and save the bones for another stock. I use paper towels to take the fat off the surface of the broth. Just lay them one at a time flat on the broth and they will soak it up.
The dumplins are simply made: 2 cups flour, 2 tsps baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/3 cup shortening (I used lard in these), and 1/2 cup milk. Knead until it’s one good clump and then roll thin (1/8″+-). You may want to let it rest a bit if it resists rolling. Cut into squares or triangles and let them air dry for 20 minutes or so lest they fall apart while cooking.
Bring the broth to a boil and add the dumplins a few at a time to keep the boil going, when they are all in (including those scraps that aren’t so pretty – they will help thicken) reduce to a simmer and add back the chicken. (I added frozen peas at this point – optional.) You can serve them when the dumplins are thick and soft. They will taste better the next time, so make plenty!