Gravy Attempt #1
Results: Lumpy and oily.
Gravy Attempt #2
Results: Too much rosemary, some lumps.
Gravy Attempt #3
Results: With gravy this salty, who cares about lumps?
Why is a concept as simple as gravy so difficult to perfect?
(By the way, my attempts at decent gravy were far more than three, but you get my drift.)
It’s been a learning curve, but thanks to a lot of mistakes and a one BIG tip, I now deliver my gravy to the table with confidence and pride.
Still prefer to packaged or bottled gravy?
I say, go ahead and give homemade gravy a shot! What have you got to lose besides precious pan drippings?
Besides, you probably haven’t made as many grave-y mistakes as I have.
First of all, you will need:
- Delicious pan drippings from your roast turkey (click here for my 2-hour Turkey Recipe)
- 2-3 cups turkey stock or chicken broth
- cold water
- a fat separator
In my 2-Hour Turkey post, I made my own turkey stock by simmering the back and neck of the bird in 8 cups of water with a stalk of celery, one…
We’ve all been there:
Cook turkey for 5 hours, basting every 30 minutes.
If a turkey was all you were cooking on Thanksgiving Day, this might be doable.
But it’s not.
You need your oven free to bake the yams and green bean casserole and all that other stuff you signed up for.
In short, you need your turkey to go from slimy and raw…
To crispy and golden…
…without taking an eternity!
Spatchcocking, a horrible-and-slightly-illegal-sounding term that basically means “removing the backbone,” is the only way I prepare a turkey because:
- My turkey is done in under 2 hours
- Every inch of skin on the turkey gets golden and crisp
- I don’t have a huge, nasty carcass to clean up later.
So if a crispy, juicy, flavorful AND quick-cooking bird sounds like the turkey of your dreams, try this method this Thanksgiving!
HOW TO COOK A TURKEY IN UNDER 2 HOURS
IMPORTANT NOTE: 2 hours does not include prep time.
Therefore, make sure you give yourself time to thaw, brine and prep the bird. To help, I have written instructions in a schedule-like format.
If you are using a frozen turkey, put it in…
Question: What’s green and white and reminiscent of a Thin Mint cookie?
Answer: Peppermint shortbread pinwheels.
I am joining up with some friends to share our favorite Christmas cookies over the next few weeks. However, since I am a bit of a humbug, I think it’s too early to say the word “Christmas.” So I am calling it the:
As a kid, it wasn’t Christmas until Momma made a couple batches of shortbread pinwheels. Buttery, crisp and perfectly sweet, they never lasted long.
I think the whimsical swirl is such a fun design that even though I adore Momma’s original red pinwheels, I occasionally like to mix things up with some chocolate pinwheels or mint pinwheels.
Yes, I understand it sounds a tad strange, but the result is very similar to a Milano or Thin Mint cookie (which we all know there are not enough of in the world!).
Brush the bottoms with some melted semi-sweet chocolate, chill in the freezer and you’ve got a new holiday favorite!
Beat 2 sticks of room-temperature butter until light and fluffy.
Add one cup of powdered sugar and beat until fluffy.
Add one large egg,…
To prove to our small fire tragedy that it was not getting the best of me, I spent a LOT of time cooking and baking last week.
(Nothing like some good fire angst to bring out the need for distraction, right?)
And what better distraction than PIE?!
I prefer to make my own crust and though I am always on the hunt for the next best recipe, there must be a million bazillion pie crust recipes to thumb through out there!
Lard and butter…
Butter and shortening…
Butter and cream cheese…
Wait a minute.
Did you say butter AND cream cheese?
That sounds promising!
Could it be that I’ve discovered the Holy Grail of pie crusts? THE ONE to really knock my socks off?
Miraculously, I happened to be in possession of cream cheese and butter, so I decided to devote an afternoon experimenting with this type of dough.
And my results?
Let’s just say that it’s time to ditch those store-bought pastry shells and start making your own cream cheese pie crusts from now on because they are every bit as flexible, flaky, flavorful and fabulous as they are rumored to be!
At 4 am this morning, I awoke suddenly to the sound of scratching. I lie there for a while trying to decipher what was making the noise, and eventually realized that cats had probably discovered the white rat I spotted last week in the exposed area of our porch ceiling.
But then I happened to noticed that both cats were in our bedroom.
The scratching and clawing sound continued so I flew out of bed and turned on the light in the stairwell, hoping to catch the intruder in the act.
But something was wrong. There was a light on downstairs, and I remember turning all the lights off before bed.
Then the light began to dance and flicker and I knew.
Our house was on fire.
I raced down the stairs, looked around the corner and, sure enough, chest-high flames were licking the back porch screen door and windows. The fire looked strong enough to travel quickly, and in my mind it might as well have eaten its way into our kitchen. Taking the stairs two at a time, I ran into our bedroom shouting, “DAVE! OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE!!!!”
Looking back, I am amazed…