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Granny Nanny's Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup Crisco shortening
1/2 cup ice water

Mix the above ingredients for dumplings

Have chicken boiled and boned. Roll dumplings very thin. Have stock boiling (liquid from where you boiled the chicken), add dumplings, reduce heat and add chicken. Season to taste after you remove from heat. Stir well and serve hot with cornbread or crackers.

Julia Mae Mason Calvert, known to her grandchildren as "Granny Nanny", was born in Denton County in 1905. She was the oldest of 9 girls and played the role of the family's "second" mother all her life. She married her high school sweetheart, Howell W. Calvert, Sr., and had 5 children of their own. They were married for over 60 years, and learning to stretch those dollars and make the most of all the meals became second nature to her. Granny Nanny was always the person people called upon to take food when families were in need. Mae, as her adult friends called her, would travel miles with her trunk loaded down to deliver food to people in time of tragedy, many times not knowing who they were, just that they were hurting and needed some help.

Granny Nanny always had food that she could "throw together" at the last minute to feed visitors, grandkids, and family. Everyone always went home with a "care" package of homemade jellies, peanut butter, canned goods, etc.

She joined her many friends and some family in Heaven on March 2, 1994, and if God assigns duties to His Angels in Heaven, surely Granny Nanny would be assigned to the role of "A Number 1 Cook", keeping all the other Angels happy with all sorts of good eats. Among them would definitely be mouth-watering treats such as Granny Nanny's Peanut Butter Pie and Chicken and Dumplings.

This recipe was scribbled in hand by her. Almost too simple to work... but it does and they are fantastic! Just follow the simple but time-proven steps....former innkeeper, Julia Pannell

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