When people ask me about me about my blog and what it’s about, I’ve come to be able to quickly explain the premise because it’s based on what is most important in my life – family. To me, the kitchen is the heart of the home. When you throw a party, where do most of the people gravitate? The kitchen.
A kitchen pulses with life throughout all hours of the day. I take pride that we cook as a family and make the time to sit down for meals together too. The time spent in our kitchen strengthens the bonds of our family. Raising children in today’s world takes an effort. You want them to grow up with good values and a strong knowledge between right and wrong. Those qualities are bred in a healthy family environment. This of course, is not to say it needs to be a family in the traditional 1950’s format either. A family is just surrounding yourself with people who love you and each other. Families come in all shapes and sizes and that should be embraced, not discouraged.
This past weekend, by the time Sunday rolled around I was feeling a bit melancholy and missing my extended family. I wanted a little comfort food so DH found this recipe for chicken and dumplings. I know it’s not traditional dumplings by using canned biscuit dough, but it’s Sunday and the need to relax together as a family before the hectic school/work week begins is essential too.
2 (10.5 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
3 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
3 cups shredded cooked chicken meat
2 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuit dough
1. Stir the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and shredded chicken meat together in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to simmer.
2. Cut each biscuit into quarters, and gently stir into the simmering soup.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the biscuits are no longer doughy in the center, 10 to 15 minutes.
Since the recipe called for cooked chicken, DH boiled 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts in some water, salt and chopped garlic. Once done, he shredded the chicken and threw it back in the same pot. One dish cooking on a Sunday rocks! The dish was quite good, but the broth was very thin, very soup like. I think next time we will cut the cans of broth used down to two and slow cook the dish in the crock pot.
We enjoyed our early dinner on the deck this evening, leaving plenty of time for kid baths and a little reflection on the past ten years and how blessed our lives are on this the anniversary of 9/11. If interested, you can find this recipe here on AllRecipes.com.
Do you strive to eat dinner as family at least a few times a week?
How do you keep your family connected?