Although mother-in-law is no longer with us, I can still honor her memory by making some of my favorite meals of hers. Every Saturday she would prepare a huge dinner around noon and all of the family would gather and enjoy eating together. Though she cooked many different things, my favorites were her Chicken & Dumplings and Chicken & Dressing.
My mother-in-law would make her cornbread from scratch when she prepared Chicken & Dressing, but I have streamlined the process by using a packet of cornbread mix. All I had to do was add some water and bake. I take another shortcut by using chicken that has already been cooked. You could buy a rotisserie chicken from the store and pull the meat off of the bones. I was fortunate to find a package at Kroger with the meat already pulled.
In a large bowl, I crumble the cornbread and add the remaining ingredients. I then mix it well and pour into my baking dish. I bake it for 50 minutes in a preheated (375 degrees) oven.
Like good old fashioned Southern fare? You should try Chicken and Dumplings: