Saturday, November 27, 2010

Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

Hi everyone! A friend requested my recipe for this yummy comfort food (hi Kim!) and I must admit: I really don't have a recipe! So I'm going to try my best to give you a step by step. Here goes...


2 tbsp butter
Bisquick Mix
milk (I use skim)
1 rostissere chicken (Any flavoring will do. Smoked, lemon pepper, etc.)
1 bag frozen seasoning mix (onions, peppers, celery)
2 -32oz cartons chicken broth (I use low sodium)
milk (for bisquick mix)

You will also need:

cutting board
butter knife
spoon or spatula
large pot (dutch oven)
large spoon
large mixing bowl

Before doing anything, attack that rotissere chicken, pulling all chicken off the bone. Set aside.

Turn stove burner to medium and place large pot over it. Drop the butter into pot and when it melts add the bag of seasoning mix.

While seasonings are cooking, mix 4 1/2 cups of Bisquick mix with 1 1/3 cups of milk. Stir the mixture with a spoon or spatula until it sticks together, making a large clump. On your cutting board, sprinkle a little Bisquick mix and spread it over the board. This is just to keep your dough from sticking to the board. You may also want to dust your own hands with Bisquick to keep the mix from sticking to you. (I do!)

Take half of the dough and place it on the board, spreading it out, making it about 1/2" thin. Then take your butter knife and slice into the dough like you would a batch of brownies, making dumplings. I make mine anywhere from 1" to 2" in a rectangle shape. This makes pretty big dumpings. You can pile the dumplings up on the corner of your board and grab the other half of the dough, repeating this process.

Check on your seasonings next. The onions/peppers/celery should be translucent. At this point I toss in a palmful of kosher salt (you can use regular table salt), pepper, garlic powder, onion powder & cayenne (a little dab will do! You can always add more later). Next pour both cartons of chicken broth into the pot along with the chicken you pulled apart earlier.

Bring mixture to a boil. Your burner should be on around 5-6, not a hard boil. Start dropping the dumplings one by one in the pot. Every half a dozen dumplings you toss in, take your big spoon and sort of press them into the broth mixture, continuing to pile the dumplings and press down with the spoon. Once all the dumplings are in, take the spoon and stir the pot in one graceful bottom to top motion (folding), careful not to break up the dumplings.

Let simmer for about 5 more minutes on low, folding the chicken & dumplings every thirty seconds or so. By this time the liquid should be thicker. At this point take a spoon and taste the liquid to see if you need any more seasoning.

And you're done! Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Broccoli Rice Casserole

This recipe was shared by a Jillry friend, Janae Verrett - thanks for sharing this scrumptious recipe perfect for the holidays! Enjoy. :)


2 (10 ounce) packages of frozen, chopped broccoli
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup of minced onion
1/4 cup of minced celery
1 can of Campbell's condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 can of Campbell's condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/2 teaspoon of tonys, or your favorite
Cajun/Creole seasoning, or to taste, optional
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, optional
2 cups of cooked rice
1 cup shredded Cheddar, Montery Jack cheese, or any combination, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 9 inch baking dish. Place broccoli in a microwave safe bowl, add about 1 tablespoon of water, cover and microwave about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain and roughly chop, if needed. Can also parboil or steam broccoli just until barely fork tender but with a bit of bite, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Melt butter in a skillet and saute the onion and celery over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the two cans of soup and mix until well blended; add the Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, rice and chopped broccoli. Stir gently until combined, taste and adjust seasonings. Turn out into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle remaining cheese on top and return to the oven uncovered, for about 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.

I usually double or tripple for the holidays :)

Monday, November 08, 2010

Jillry Event Calendar

Here's a run down of events from now until the holidays. All of these events are posted on Facebook - just search for their title (shown below) to RSVP and learn more. OR feel free to email me at Hope to see you!

Event Title: Online Christmas Trunk Show
Date: November 9th & 10th

Event Title: 1st Annual Christmas Fling
Date: November 14th
Where: Denham Springs
**This event is open to public but is held at a friend's home in Denham every year. Please contact me at for directions. There will be other vendors there so its a great one-stop-shop event for all your Christmas needs.
Vendors: Jillry, Thirty One Gifts, DC Candles, Avon, Custom Candy Wreaths and more!

Event Title: Christmas Sidewalk Sale
Date: November 18th
Where: Cer' Care la Pace - in Sullivan Hardware Shopping Center on Sullivan Rd. in Central
Vendors: Jillry and Susie Q Accessories

Event Title: Christmas Fling
Date: November 20th
Where: Baker, on Kleinpeter Dr.
Vendors: Jillry, Susie Q Accessories, Scentsy

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