” How could our Mom’s make one chicken feed everyone on Sunday?” was a question posed this morning by a friend.

Our family consisted of 8 people, the friend’s was larger.  Often Sunday dinner had a few added as guests dropped in after church, so how did it work?

At out house Sunday Dinner was usually Chicken and noodles, fried chicken was a rare treat.  At my friends house it was Chicken and dumplings! One big old hen would feed a bunch, and one fryer was just one piece each. There was always more noodles or dumpplings and broth than meat, but we neer seemed to notice and certainly looked forward to those great meals.

Our noodles never came from a package, on Saturday night or early Sunday morning, someone would put this together

Gram’s egg noodles

4 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/8 cup of water

These measurements are approximate because Gram didn’t measure when she made egg noodles and neither do I. You just learn the feel of the dough, but I know that each egg will take about a half cup of flour and one egg will make enough homemade noodles to serve two people. Of course, that’s if they only eat one serving.

Break the eggs into the mixing bowl and whip them with a fork. Add the water and salt and beat a little more. Add 1 cup of the flour and stir until blended. Stir in the rest of the flour until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl. Depending on the size of the eggs, the amount of flour needed may vary.

Work the dough with your hands either in the bowl or turned out onto a floured cutting board, adding flour as needed. The dough should be firm and elastic, not wet. When the dough is cool to the touch and not sticking to your hands, it was ready

Roll it out thin and cut into noodles, toss them around a little and let them air dry until ready to add to simmering broth. Cook a few minutes and serve up a feast!

The addition of garden sliced tomatoes and cucumbers in summer and home canned green beans in winter managed to make plenty to feed everyone.

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