Chicken and Dumplings
1 whole chicken
3 chicken bullion cubes
2 cups flour
1/4 cup shortening (Crisco type)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt (for the dumplings)
1 teaspoon salt, or salt to taste (for the chicken)
1/2 to 3/4 cup of chicken broth (cool)
Place the chicken and salt in a 5 quart pan, add enough water to just cover the chicken and let simmer for about 1 hour. Remove the chicken, de-bone the chicken and break the meat apart if you plan to put the chicken in with the dumplings; remove 3/4 cup of the liquid and set aside for the dumplings, add the 3 bouillon cubes to the water in the pan and bring to a medium high boil. In a medium size bowl, cream the flour, shortening, egg, and salt together. Add enough broth to form a stiff dough, be careful so that you don't add too much broth. (but...If you add a little too much broth, just add more flour).
Flour a surface to roll the dough on. Wax paper or tin foil on a flat surface is good. Roll the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness or less. With a knife slice the dough into long strips about an inch wide. The strips can then be picked up one at a time and broken off into the pan of hot broth in about 2 to 3 inch strips. It's important that the broth be in a rolling boil while you are adding the dough. After adding some of the dumpling dough, the boiling broth will start to slow in it's boil. Now is a good time to stir the dumplings so that they don't stick together or stick to the pan. (This helps the broth regain it's heat and resume a good rolling boil.)
After all the dumpling dough is added to the broth, turn the heat down to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes, turn the heat off, cover the dumpling pan and let sit for 20-30 minutes. (This helps make them tender)

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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