Meet the Cook: This recipe's one I had to learn to marry into my husband's family! It is the traditional Hinz Christmas Eve meal, served before going to church. My father was a pastor who was always too keyed up from preaching to enjoy a big Sunday dinner. So I learned to make soup early on. Now, my husband is pastor to two rural churches. Our three children are 17, 15 and 13.
-Rachel Hinz, St. James, Minnesota
My husband was fooled with this low-fat recipe and I'm sure your family will be, too! A savory broth, hearty chunks of chicken and thick chewy dumplings provide plenty of comforting flavor. —Brenda White of Morrison, Illinois
Chicken and dumpling soup is a classic that every cook should have in their recipe box and this version is tried and true. My husband is not very fond of leftovers, but says he would eat this every day of the week if I let him. —Morgan Byers, Berkley, Michigan
I've enjoyed making this rich chicken and dumplings recipe for over 40 years. The homemade dumplings really make a difference. Every time I serve it, I remember my grandma, who was very special to me and was known as an outstanding cook. —Paulette Balda, Prophetstown, Illinois
"Although we were on a tight budget when I was a youngster, we always had good food," recalls Brenda Risser of Willard, Ohio. "This comforting soup with soft dumplings was one of Mom's mainstays," she adds. At 82¢ a serving, it's still a bargain.