Dear Barbara: One of my fondest memories of my mother is the chicken and dumplings that she lovingly made every Sunday. Try as I may, my dumplings come out heavy and soggy. Could it be the dough or is it something I am doing? - Jill from Lodi
Dear Jill: It could be the dough, but most any good biscuit mix or biscuit recipe can be used to make dumplings. The liquid needs to be at a good constant simmer, but not boiling. The mistake that a lot of people make is not covering the pot while the dumplings are cooking. The pot should be covered and the lid remain on until the dumplings are almost done. This way they can cook from both the bottom and the top. You have a much more evenly cooked dumpling that will not be heavy or soggy. If you feel the need to watch them cook, use a pot with a glass lid. Your mother would be proud of you!