Buttermilk Chicken and Dumplings…and a Giveaway!

I am a new buttermilk lover.  In the past, it wasn’t something I liked having on hand – but now I find myself keeping it around for a variety of goodies.  it is especially great in these chicken and dumplings.


This time of year makes me really crave thick, hearty foods.  But I like it to be simple, too.  Chicken and dumplings are perfect in that respect.  I used to make them on the stove, which is easy enough, but things have changed.

I have become a slow cooker convert.

Gone are the days of clunky, difficult to clean, aggravating Slow Cooker Dinosaurs, because now I own a WestBend Versatility Cooker.  Oh sweet Lord.  Where has this been all my life?  It has several temperature settings, a built in timer, and it’s easy to see how your food is coming along thanks to the large glass lid.  But wait – there’s MORE!  Not only is it a six quart slow cooker…the cooker is just a large vessel that sits atop the heat source, meaning – it can go right into the fridge after dinner (no extra dirty dishes!) AND, that heat source?  It’s also a griddle. And it’s dishwasher safe.

How cool is that??westbend-chicken-1

It’s like an appliance from genies or the future, or even genies from the future.  I honestly don’t care which.

I am not parting with it. Ever.

It was so easy to put together these chicken and dumplings: I just put in a few chicken breasts covered in water and chicken stock and a few herbs, set it on high, and a few hours later I tore up the chicken, added butter, cream, some more seasoning,  and my dumplings.

No effort.  At all.



The Giveaway

You didn’t think I was going to brag on that WestBend Versatility Cooker and not offer you one, did you? Of course I’m going to offer you one!


Leave me a comment here telling me what you’d make in it if you win, and you’ll be entered to win!  But wait! There’s more!  Here are four more chances to win…

Share this post on Facebook, for one chance to win.  Just be sure to come back here and comment, letting me know you did.

For another chance, Tweet the link to this post.  Again, return, and let me know you did – I’m not psychic!

For a third and fourth chance, please Fan Doughmesstic on Facebook and/or Follow me on Twitter.  Each one counts, so that’s two additional chances, just be sure to comment for each one you do.

So there are FOUR chances!

Although not required, I highly recommend Following doughmesstic on Twitter and becoming a Fan on Facebook, as I have this tendency to throw bonus entries out via those two.  In fact, 4 of my last 5 winners have actually been from one of the bonus entries…so it can’t hurt!

Contest is open to addresses in the US only, and closes at 11:59pm on October 25, 2011.  Prize is supplied and shipped by Westbend. I was supplied one to review, but was NOT paid for this post, and all opinions are my own.