A hearty, satisfying stew perfect for those cold winter nights! The great part about this recipe is that the dumplings can be made right in the pot, so it's a one-pot-wonder in two parts. Also, the stew is great on its own if you're short on time or prefer having it with bread instead. As the title states, this is my mother's recipe, and I have never found a variation that even comes close. Don't be intimidated by the ingredient list or the cook time - it's well worth it.