Grape Dumplings

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Chef Steven Looney of the Aaimpa' Café at the Chickasaw Cultural Center prepares grape dumplings, a traditional dish that Chickasaws, Choctaws and Cherokees have long enjoyed. While this is a dessert, Chickasaws have also prepared savory dumplings out of ingredients like corn and beans. Elder Rose Jefferson recalls this being a favorite childhood treat that her mother would cook with the grapes her father gathered. Chef Looney expresses the importance of holding on to traditional recipes like this and says that if more people were aware of them, grape dumplings would be considered not a Chickasaw dish but an international dish. For more healthy eating tips from the Chickasaw Nation, visit