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The night before, I cooked up a whole fryer. Then I consulted the recipe. Unfortunately, I did not use the cloves or peppercorns at all. This was still an awesome recipe. Keep in mind that small dumplings do expand when cooking! Great flavor and we froze the rest......hope it freezes ok.
This was on the stove a good portion of the day, today and made the house smell wonderful. I've never put cloves in my chicken stock or soup recipes, but we loved the flavor of this soup. Delicious! Made for photo tag.
I have this recipe in TOH's Big Book of Soup. It's a little different than what's posted here, but this is the greatest soup and is fun to prepare. My recipe calls for 4 pounds chicken, 9 cups water, 5 chicken bouillon cubes, no can of chicken broth,1-1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt, an additional 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 3/4 to 1 cup milk and the optional parsley for a pretty garnish.I add minced garlic in with the vegetables,2 cloves.The simmering time for the vegetables to get tender only needs to be 1 hour. I add a pinch of sugar to my dumplings also-I love this recipe!