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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)

TITLE: Chicken 'n Dumplings
By Sharon Henderson
04/07/08


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“One whole chicken. Check. Flour. Milk. Shortening. Check, check, and check!”

Howie was not about to get home with one ingredient missing. Granny was coming to town and that meant homemade chicken ‘n dumplings.

“Now I don’t know about you, honey, but to me there is no better eatin’ than my Granny’s dumplings.” Every grandchild in the family, if asked, would wholeheartedly agree with him.

“I remember the first time you had her make them for me. D-licious! How long has the recipe been in your family?” His wife licked her lips at the thought of this delicacy.

“Not sure. I’ve heard tales that Granny’s paternal grandmother used to make them and I heard that she made the best biscuits in the world. Her biscuit recipe is the basis for the dumplings. Do you think you could learn to make the dumpling recipe if Granny taught you?”

Shock displayed vividly on her face. “You want me to even attempt to take over this time-honored family recipe. No one makes dumplings like Granny. I’m just too afraid that you’d be disappointed if I tried and failed.”

Granny’s paternal grandma made the best southern, made-from scratch biscuits you ever let melt in your mouth. Granny’s mom made the second best biscuits you’ve ever tasted. And Granny made the third best biscuits in the world. But nobody, absolutely nobody, made chicken ‘n dumplings like Granny.

Two recipes handed down through the generations. Three ‘famous’ family cooks. Three grandmothers that developed a food cravings in their grandchildren. How could Howie’s wife be expected to live up to this pressure at such a young age?

She held him close and continued. “I’ll make you a deal. If you work with me, we can practice together. We can both learn to make the biscuits and both learn to make the dumplings. Maybe we’ll change the family tradition. Instead of only a grandma being the special cook, we’ll be the delicious cooking grandparents. How does that sound to you?”

“Sounds perfect. Guess we need to work on having us some kids first, huh? Can’t be grandparents if don’t become parents, right?’ Howie hugged his wife again. “I think I’m ready to start on this journey. I just pray we do it as well as our grandparents did.”

They left the store looking forward to more than just Granny’s mouth-watering chicken ’n dumplings.


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Beth LaBuff 04/10/08
I can definitely relate to this heart-warming story (my grandma made the best rolls--and yes, I got her recipe. :) I liked that you used "memories", specifically food memories in your "grandparents" entry. I enjoyed this, especially your ending with the couple wanting to be "cooking grandparents" and they didn't even have children yet. :)
Christine Dunn04/10/08
Well written. I liked the dialogue between husband and wife.
Kristen Hester04/17/08
What a sweet tale. I could almost smell the chicken 'n Dumplings. I'm with Howie's wife. I sure wouldn't want that pressure either! Nice job.