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Chicken and Dumplings by Lainie Eilenberger with Key and Slate Real Estate Group

Howdy there, folks! This is Lainie Eilenberger, your trusted confidante in the vibrant world of West Texas real estate, coming at you from Key and Slate Real Estate Group. Today, we're going to take a step away from the hustle and bustle of the property market for a delicious detour down memory lane. Who's ready to rustle up some mouth-watering Chicken and Dumplings, a dish that tastes like home and heart?

I still remember those radiant Sunday afternoons, when after a heartwarming church service, my family and friends would head over to Furr's. With the waft of savory, soulful Chicken and Dumplings filling the air, we'd sit around the table and share stories, laughs, and second helpings. I always looked forward to that sweet lady with the towering hairdo, bringing us refreshing pitchers of iced tea. Ah, pure, all-American bliss!

Let's get cooking with that very special recipe. Make sure to gather the finest ingredients, preferably locally-sourced for that added touch of West Texan pride. Here's what you'll need...

  • A whole chicken, about 4-5 pounds. Trust me, the flavor from a good ol' homegrown bird just can't be beat.

  • 4 quarts of water. Make sure it's as clear as the West Texan sky!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour. It's the backbone of our dumplings.

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. This little secret gives your dumplings their delightful fluff.

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt. It ties everything together like a well-drawn contract.

  • 3 tablespoons of shortening. For that rich, indulgent touch.

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk. Just like Grandma used to pour.

Now that we've got our ingredients, let's roll up our sleeves and get to work:

  1. Place your chicken in a large pot and pour in the water. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Let it bubble away for about an hour, or until the chicken is cooked through.

  2. Once the chicken's cooked, take it out of the pot and set it aside to cool. Keep that broth simmering though, we're going to need it.

  3. While the chicken is cooling, let's whip up our dumplings. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Add in the shortening and buttermilk and stir it up until it forms a soft dough.

  4. Roll out your dough on a floured surface and cut it into squares, about 2 inches each. Drop these doughy delights into the simmering broth.

  5. Let those dumplings cook for about 15-20 minutes, giving them a gentle stir now and then.

  6. While the dumplings are doing their thing, pull the meat off your cooled chicken, discarding the bones and skin.

  7. Add that beautiful, tender chicken meat back into the pot. Let it all simmer together for about 10 more minutes, until it's piping hot and smelling like Sunday at Furr's.

Now, while those dumplings simmer away, let's get back to business. If you've been looking for the perfect place to call home in Abernathy, Brownfield, Buffalo Springs, Crosbyton, Denver City, Farwell, Floydada, Hale Center, Lamesa, Levelland, Littlefield, Lubbock, Muleshoe, New Deal, New Home, Olton, Plains, Plainview, Post, Ralls, Ransom Canyon, Seagraves, Seminole, Silverton, Slaton, Snyder, Spur, Sudan, Sundown, Tahoka, Tulia, Wolfforth, or anywhere in between, you're in the right place. I serve all these cities in West Texas with dedication and the highest level of professionalism.

Take a gander at our websites,,, and They're a goldmine of information about everything real estate in West Texas, be it residential, commercial, or luxury properties. From the rolling plains of Plains to the sunny streets of Sundown, if you're looking to buy or sell in West Texas, we're your one-stop resource.

We at Key and Slate are committed to making your real estate journey as smooth as a well-made gravy. We're Texan, we're professional, and we've got your back. Just like the comforting embrace of a hot bowl of Chicken and Dumplings on a Sunday afternoon.

Stay tuned for more updates, tips, and hearty homestyle recipes. Until next time, y'all!

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