There’s no better time of year to celebrate my love for all things handmade. Rich with color and taste, our holiday spread was packed full of slow-cooked, hand-rolled, perfectly chopped, tenderly seasoned and precisely prepared dishes.
This was the first Thanksgiving for the newlyweds and I had some big shoes to fill. After our wildly hectic year of travel and wedding shenanigans, we opted to just stay put on this year’s Turkey Day. However, Thanksgiving would not be complete without the taste of Mema’s delicious dressing and amazing chicken and dumplings. After a few phone calls and a list of ingredients scratched out on paper, I set out to attempt the impossible.
Photo by Krista Janos
The secret’s in the broth. I started with two organic roasting hens and proceeded to build the dishes with memories of both taste and smell. I have watched Mema make these meals many times and can still remember sitting on her counter when I was knee high to a grasshopper and helping her slice the hand-rolled dumplings.
Photo by Chris Janos