Chicken and Dumplings get Mixed

Nothing says cozy like a quiet mountain cabin easily an hour from anything major with a large fireplace and a balcony with a view that goes on for miles out over the woods. Or a big pot of homemade chicken and dumplings. Lucky for me, that’s exactly how I got to spend my weekend at Mountain Lake Hotel attending the first ever Mixed Con.

Mixed was hosted by the bubbly Paula of bell’alimento and super organized Susan of She’s Becoming Doughmestic. The stunning old stone hotel was tucked off of Route 700 in Virginia and was the beautiful location for Dirty Dancing back in the day. The property was gorgeous and the staff was very friendly and kind. Even my little lodge room, off of the main building, was super swanky. Didn’t exaggerate on that fireplace or view at all.

We were overwhelmed with swag from the amazing sponsors including Oxo (they also raised some cash for cancer with extra swag and giveaways), Kitchenaid (drool), Attune Foods (seriously good cereal), Hershey’s (candy EVERYWHERE. No lie), Dixie Crystals (these ladies were super sweet and their facebook campaign to help military families is amazing), Real Butter (buttah!), Dreamfields Pasta (omg, the mac and cheese PS. Way to go, Ali! ), Way Better Snacks (seriously, I snuck like three extra bags of this crack out.), Le Creuset (a foodies wet dream kitchen swag), Boos (don’t tell Handsome, but these wooden cutting boards are swanky) and tons of other great other companies.

We listened and learned from great speakers Bree (Baked Bree), Tami (Running with Tweezers), Chez Us, Heidi Larsen (Foodie Crush), and hands on workshops with Marian Poirier (The Sweetopia) for cookie decorating and cake decorating with Duff Goldman, and no, no one got high (that I saw). My cake was pretty redonculous though.


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  1. says

    I’d call this a Monday Stew because that is when my mother would make something similar.
    After the Roast Chicken on a Sunday, she would boil up the carcass to get stock plus all the remaining meat. The messy part is getting the meat out but there is plenty if you are patient. It usually produces enough meat for the stew though.
    Then use the chicken plus stock on Monday to make up a stew similar to the recipe though with potatoes added.
    British-style dumplings are often made with Suet so they would sit on the bubbling mix until fluffy.

  2. says

    That place looks amazing. Sounds like you had a great time! I really wanted to go, but I’m kinda still nursing a baby… :) Keeping my fingers crossed for next year!

    Chicken and dumplings reminds me of my childhood…we always had it at least once a week during the cold months. Beautiful photos, as always!

  3. says

    It was great to meet you too. When I told my 11-year old Marvel obsessed son I’d met a woman who owned a comic books store, he said (and I quote) “I bet she was the coolest one there.” So if you ever get to Houston, swing by because you have total street cred at our house. 😉

  4. says

    I wish I had a chance to talk with you more, but it was so nice to meet you at Mixed! It was a lot of fun. As for your Chicken and Dumplings. Holy yum. I wish I had a bowl today as I recoup from all the traveling yesterday!

  5. says

    Chicken and Dumps (that’s the correct abbreviation. Look it up;) are the best! And the Older school, the better. Yours look fantastic. Of course!

    I so enjoyed meeting you in person finally and talking and laughing. And Dianne was so great and such a good sport! Fantastic weekend; hope we can repeat it at some point. Would love to hang out with you again!


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