My Italian mother remembers her mother making these dumplings for special occasions. She still has the bowl Grandma mixed the dough in, which will be passed down to me some day. —Tina Repak of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Meet the Cook: Now that my husband has retired - we have two grown sons - we eat out a lot. If we stay home, though, he asks if we are going to have this chili! I've been making it, with a few ingredients added or changed , most of my married life.
-Shirley Marshall, Michigantown, Indiana
This faster version of traditional chicken and dumplings uses canned broth. It is ready to eat in about a third of the time, thanks to chicken breasts and purchased biscuit mix.—Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
I've heard that these tender ribs and cornmeal dumplings were typical chuck-wagon fare for cowboys on the trail. I like making them for me and my husband, Bud, on cold rainy days. Our house smells so inviting when these ribs are simmering on the stove.
-Evelyn Hynd, Gravette, Arkansas
My mother was a great cook and I learned so much from her. Ten years ago, I entered this hearty recipe in a contest and won. It's great all year and one of our workers' favorites when I take it to the field during harvest.—Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas