Has anyone used one of those steel-grey pumpkins? Not kabocha, these are significantly bigger, the skin is smoother but very lobed, and the color is almost a grey-blue. There is a similar variety of very large white pumpkin.
Chicken and dumplings are a notoriously time-consuming enterprise, but the end result is very much worth the effort. However, if you're a time-crunched cook who craves the comforting pleasures of this classic dish, this is the recipe for you.