This is an old heirloom family recipe that has been in my family for 8 generations and it has always been a family favorite as I was growing up. I have never seen another recipe like it and I want to publish this before it gets lost to posterity. The dough recipe is unique, but maybe not too unlike some French dough recipes I've seen. Yet this is something I have seen nobody else publish. It seems to be an ancient recipe and I don't want it to get lost. So here it is. Beware: the dumplings are heavy, but that is part of what I like about this dish.