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Author Jennifer Hallmark is in the Tasty Tuesday kitchen today cooking up one of my favorite  country comfort meals—Chicken and Dumplings!


Jennifer’s Chicken and Dumplings


4 to 5 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
1 box Chicken or beef broth
2 cups self-rising flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 heaping tablespoons shortening
Water or milk
Salt and pepper
Nature’s Seasons seasoning salt


Boil chicken in broth until tender. Remove chicken and cut into small chunks; strain broth. Place both back in pot and simmer on low.
Place flours in bowl. Add shortening. Cut in with a pastry blender until fairly smooth. Slowly stir in water or milk until a ball of dough is formed. If too wet, add a little more flour.
Place dough on floured surface, then knead five or six times. Roll out with a dough roller until desired thinness. Cut with a pizza cutter into small squares. I cut mine about an inch by an inch or a little bigger.
Bring chicken and broth to boil, adding more water or broth for enough liquid to cook dumplings. Season with salt, pepper, and seasoning salt to taste. Add dumplings into boiling pot, stirring constantly. When about half the dumplings are added, turn temperature to low and continue adding the rest. Simmer 10 minutes on low until mixture thickens.


Chicken and dumplings is a favorite meal around our house. And also, in Jessie’s Hope, a meal that Martha Smith, Jessie’s Mamaw, loves to cook for her family. Martha loves to cook and the more people that are there to enjoy each tasty bite, the better. A true child of the South, Martha makes fried chicken, pinto beans and cornbread, apple cake, and fresh apple muffins, to name a few of the southern delights.

Jessie’s Hope

By Jennifer Hallmark

 Years ago, an accident robbed Jessie Smith’s mobility. It also stole her mom and alienated her from her father. When Jessie’s high school sweetheart Matt Jansen proposes, her parents’ absence intensifies her worry that she cannot hold on to those she loves.
With a wedding fast approaching, Jessie’s grandfather Homer Smith, has a goal to find the perfect dress for “his Jessie,” one that would allow her to forget, even if for a moment, the boundaries of her wheelchair. But financial setbacks and unexpected sabotage hinder his plans.
Determined to heal from her past, Jessie initiates a search for her father. Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love when additional obstacles–including a spurned woman and unpredictable weather–highjack Jessie’s dream wedding?

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About the Author:

Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and has published 200+ internet articles and interviews, short stories in several magazines, and has co-authored three book compilations. Her debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, released on June 17th, 2019.
When she isn’t babysitting or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on her two blogs.  She also loves reading detective fiction from the Golden Age and viewing movies like LOTR or Star Wars. Sometimes you can even catch her watching American Ninja Warrior.

Connect with Jennifer at  www.jenniferhallmark.com