Country Herb Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients:

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) Butter

1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

1/4 cup flour

3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 1/3 cups milk, divided

3/4  rubbed Sage

1/2 tsp Minced Garlic

1/2 tsp Rosemary Leaves

1/2 tsp Thyme Leaves

1/2 tsp Coarse Ground Black Pepper

3 cups cooked, cubed chicken

1 cup All-Purpose Baking Mix

3/4 tsp Parsley Flakes

Directions:

Melt butter in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat.  Add onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened.  Sprinkle with flour.  Stir with whisk until mixture is well blended.  Add broth, 1 cup of the milk and all of the spices except Parsley; whish until mixture is smooth.

Stir in chicken.  Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix baking mix and Parsley.  Add remaining 1/3 cup of milk; mix well.  Drop by spoonfuls onto chicken mixture.  Cook, uncovered 10 minutes.  Cover.  Cook 10 minutes longer.

The original recipe called for adding 2 cups of assorted mixed vegetables to the pan when you add the chicken.  Instead, I steamed and seasoned some green beans and carrots and served those on the side.  This was so easy to make.  I will definitely be making this again!  Sorry, I don’t have a photo.  It smelled so good and we were so anxious to dig in and were definitely NOT disappointed!!

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Pizza Dough

Please keep in mind that my landlady in Sicily taught me how to make this pizza dough.  She measured NOTHING!!  She just threw everything into the bowl.  I am simply estimating on all the measurements also because I do it like she did.  I suppose you can make changes as you see fit.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
2 pkgs yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp Italian Seasoning
warm water
Olive Oil

Directions:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Place all dry ingredients into large mixing bowl and mix with a fork to spread it evenly.  I start with about 1/2 cup of warm water.  Pour the water slowly into the center of the mixture and begin mixing with your hands.  Drizzle about a tsp of olive oil as you are mixing.  You want to mix it until all the flour is moist.  When mixed accurately with a sufficient amount of water, it should be a little moist to the touch.

Cover with a dishcloth and place in a warm spot for about 30 minutes for it to rise.  If it gets cold, then it will not rise much.

After the dough has risen, pour about 1/2 tsp of olive oil onto your palms and take about half of the dough mixture.  Place it onto center of pizza baking dish and slowly start pushing the dough towards the edges.  Continue this until the dough is spread evenly throughout the dish.

Place sauce and your favorite toppings onto the dough.  Bake for 15 minutes and then it’s ready.  For higher altitudes, you may need to bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.

Do the same with the rest of the dough.  This should make two medium-sized pizzas.

Beer Bread

Ingredients:               

3 cups of flour,
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 c sugar
12 oz beer
1/4 c melted butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar and mix well.  Pour in beer and mix well.  Put batter into greased loaf pan and pour melted butter over the top.  Bake for one hour.  Remove from pan and let cool for 15 minutes before cutting.  Enjoy!!