Every once and a while, my mother follows one of my recipes. Actually, "follows" is too exacting a word for what goes on. Let's just say, every once and a while, my mother decides to cook something of mine she's seen in the New York Times.
In Pasta by Hand, Jenn Louis defines dumplings as "handcrafted nubs of dough that are poached, simmered, baked or sauteed." Louis, chef at Lincoln Restaurant in Portland, Oregon, says Italy's dumplings vary by region.