This is a "simple ingredients make the best meals" dish. She uses dark meat because of their moistness and extra flavor, and the cooking methods are what makes all of them shine. The dumplings - Amish style or flat, not the rising kind - have to freeze for at least 4 hours so plan ahead. Its a great dish to get ready the day before then just put together the final cooking and serve in minutes. Its a simple dish, i only put the 45 min for prep because of the dumplings (does not include freezing time).