Serving, Consuming, and Conversing
It is hard to come across a piece of writing about a Lumbee homecoming or Lumbee grandmothers without a mention of Chicken and Pastry. In general, if you are looking for Chicken and Pastry on the menu, you need to head to the eastern part of the state. As you edge west toward the Piedmont, a lot of folks have never heard of Chicken and Pastry, though of course they recognize the dish when you describe it.
No matter what you call it, and no matter how you slice your dough, few will deny that if you are looking for a dish that is cheap, easy to make, and delicious, you can not do better than Chicken and Pastry. Dumplings. Whatever.