Until recently, chicken and dumplings weren't part of my life. I was like Olaf from Frozen-- who loves the idea of summer but had never experienced it. Chicken and dumplings sounded amazing but I just never got around to making them. It was time for that to change! Thankfully this winter, full of polar vortexes, gave me the chance!
Although I'd never made (or eaten!) chicken and dumpling, I'd read about them plenty. So I knew there were two kinds of dumplings, fluffy and "slick," I wanted to make the fluffy variety simply because slick dumplings sound like noodles. As an Italian, I already eat a lot of noodles. A lot. Fluffy dumplings it had to be! . . .
You found out that you have celiac disease, huh? That's a pretty big deal! After over ten years of working with gluten-free folks, and being gluten-free myself, I've noticed some steps of going gluten-free. For fun, I jotted down the list. . . .
Years ago, I ordered a bowl of sweet potato soup in a small bistro in Burlington, Vermont. I expected a sweet, creamy soup. What I got was a sweet, creamy soup with a noticeable spicy kick. I loved it! At home, I recreated the soup and included the recipe in my second cookbook, "How to Cook Gluten-Free." That recipe, like the one served at the bistro, contained dairy. Several readers asked for a dairy-free variation of the recipe. So I created one. . . .