Sunday, September 20, 2009

DD/DDA Challenge: Dirty Dinners!

This card is for September's DD/DDA Monthly challenge(DCDINNERS0909)! This month I am hosting and I assigned everyone to share a "Dirty Dinner" recipe. This recipe is one where we must prepare the food and cook it. The main thing was that the recipe works. The whole family loves it and eats it when you serve it. The recipe I have chosen for this challenge is one of those southern you either LOVE it or HATE it meals.

One of the requirements is to give alittle bit of the history of this dirty recipe

This recipe is something I have eaten all of my life. I was taught how to roll out the pastry, cut strips, and hang over the sides of many bowls to air dry a bit before cooking. I have never used a recipe to prepare this meal. It is just one of those meals that is just learned. Many in the south call this Chicken and Dumplings. My family has always called it Chicken Pastry. Dumplings are round and really thick and another recipe altogether in my family.

I have been redoing many of my recipes and started putting them into clear envelops which allow me to use the recipe without getting them dirty. I have finally found a wonderful source for all types of clear envelops. Check out the link here. Amber sends cards to the troops and buying from her supports a wonderful cause.

Nothing says southern comfort food like a warm meal and gingham. I am using Recollections Autumn paper pack. The red gingham was perfect for this dish. I sponged it to warm it up a bit. The recipe was typed and printed and cut out and stenciled around the edges with more sponging. The only stamp I used was the chicken from an old set I have called Best of Cluck. I colored with copics.

I used minimal embellishements and tried to keep this recipe card fairly flat. This measures 6 X 6.

Pressure Cooking!!!! I do want to say something about pressure cooking. I was brought up with pressure cooking happening in my home. I have heard horror stories about pressure cooking and food being sprayed all over the kitchen. I was terrifed of the stove top pressure cookers. I simply could not bring myself to use one. However, four years ago, I purchased a free standing counter programmable pressure cooker from QVC that I am still using. Oh, my word!!! I have sold so many of these to my friends and family. Here is a link to what QVC currently offers and I cannot sing the praises enough for one of these very safe and programmable machines. In the time it takes to get the keys, drive to the drive through, order, pay, and come home, I can have FROZEN meat cooked and ready to serve. It is that fast!!!

Please check out this
gallery link for more Dirty Dinners!

SU Best of Cluck
PTI dark chocolate, ivory, Recollections Autumn collection
PTI dark chocolate, ranger antique linen and vintage photo
songes, circle punches, scallop border punch, nestabilities, ribbon, foam circles, sponges, brown pearls


  1. Very creative Betty! I will try your recipe too!

  2. Betty this is just perfect for the DD challenge. I love it.

  3. So pretty Betty, this is the prettiest recipe card I've ever seen!

  4. Sounds yummy and the recipe card is another Betty Beauty!! :) I was wondering where you got that clear envelope that was holding my beautiful Betty original. Thanks for the info on that... will definitely check her out!!

  5. What a fun challenge, Betty!! Love your pretty layout and colors...the sponging is perfect!! mmmmmm love chicken and dumplings!!

  6. Great post, Betty! Love the recipe card and your tips about pressure cookers make me not so worried to try one! It's one of the very few kitchen gadgets I DON'T own!! Nice job!

  7. This is done up so beautifully, I love the gingham and that cute little chicken image. What a fun challenge. I remember my mom using a pressure cooker but I wouldn't even know what to do with it ;o)

  8. Ohhhh Betty, your recipe card is so pretty!! Love the chicken :) I definitely try your recipe. Sounds yummy!!

  9. Wow!! What a gorgeous Recipe Card!! Love the sponging on the edges and the chicken!! Sounds like a yummy recipe too!

  10. GORGEOUS! The sponging makes your recipe glow.
    Hugs and smiles


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