Paladini Potpie

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Tule Fog Chicken and Dumplings


Tule fog is that thick wet fog that creeps along the ground into Modesto and most of central California. It appears after the first big rainfall of the winter, and sometimes we have it for days on end.  During those bleak and clammy days, few things are as comforting as chicken and dumplings. Tule fog chicken and dumpling!

But this year our weather was historically warm and dry. And lacking in fog…ergo, (I realized yesterday) lacking in chicken and dumplings.

Spring is getting ready to spring, and we’ve moved to daylight savings time, but yesterday brought one of those long lost rainfalls.  I celebrated our surprise winter day by building a fire in the fireplace and making Tule Fog Chicken and Dumplings for dinner.

Chicken broth recipe

1/3 cup olive oil

1 large onion diced

½ cup chopped celery

6 plump chicken thighs, skin removed but with the bone in.

2 tablespoons chicken base or bouillon (I use organic “Better Than Bouillon” chicken base – available at Costco)

fresh or frozen vegetables of your choice

¼ cup fresh parsley, snipped finely

Sauté onion and celery in olive oil in a heavy Dutch oven until they are transparent.

Add chicken, and brown on all sides.

Cover with about 8 cups of water.

Add bouillon

Simmer for one hour.

Add frozen or fresh vegetables.

Add parsley.

Bring the broth to a low regular boil.

Now it’s time to add the dumplings.

Dumpling Recipe

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

1 cup milk

4 tablespoons melted butter

Sift the dry ingredients together.

Stir the milk and butter together and add to dry ingredients.

Stir completely, but as little as possible – stir just until it is mixed.  The less you handle the dough, the lighter and fluffier your dumplings will be.

Drop dough into the boiling broth by tablespoonfuls.  Then lower heat to a simmer.

Cover tightly and DO NOT LIFT THE LID for 20 minutes.

Serve immediately.

Mmmm….delicious! Now bring on that tule fog!


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

2 thoughts on “Tule Fog Chicken and Dumplings

  1. Omg. I just saw my 2 favorite thing in the world! Paladini Potpie and Chicken-n-dumplings! Aahhh. Torture. Guess i know what im making for dinner tonight!!! Yummy!

  2. That looks delicious! And what I would give for a day in front of a fireplace!

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