---Alice Abrams

Monday, November 12, 2007

Manic Monday - Gravy

Good gravy, Charlie Brown~! Gravy making is an art, one that I failed miserably in the early years of my marriage. Both of my husbands are products of the south, an area that puts gravy on everything, even ham - good ol' Red Eye gravy.

Biscuits and gravy are staples around here and one of the reasons for my gastric bypass surgery. The same gravy that goes so well on biscuits is equally yummy on fried chicken, pork chops and chicken-fried steak, to name a few.

My first few pitiful efforts made wallpaper paste seem like a cullinary delight. It's true. I couldn't get it to thicken so I kept adding flour. And more flour. When that didn't help, I had to increase the liquid. Then it needed more flour. Yep, you're getting the picture, all right. I had a mess!!!

I'm the type of personality that, when something doesn't turn out right, that's that. Tenacious, I'm not. But I had a big hungry man telling me how wonderful his mom's pan gray was! Now, them's fightin' words, right? So, I kept on until I got it. Finally. No lumps, no extra flour, just good ol' pan gravy.

Then I went on to conquer the harder variety - the brown kind that you make to serve on with a beef roast - and it doesn't come from a jar or can! I grew up seeing that little bottle of "Kitchen Bouquet" in my mom's cabinet, and for a reason. It's the clever little secret that goes into good brown gravy.

I honestly wish gravy made me gag or turn orange or some such ghastly thing. But it doesn't. It just makes me crave more.
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Stine said...

Biscuits & gravy???? Oh, well, we eat lyed fish over here... lol

Sarge Charlie said...

thank you for the nice thoughtful comment on my vet day post

Ian Thomas Healy said...

My Canadian friends also like gravy on something called poutine. Basically as they describe it, it's fries with cheese curds and brown gravy. Apparently it's national cuisine. How about that?


Deb said...

Happy Monday!

UghI cant stant homemade gravy NOT made the right way ugh! With the holiday coming up, a jar of store bought gravy is always in mybag! I have actually posted directions on my Monday post! Hope you are having a good GRAVY Monday, dont forget to breathe!

Gattina said...

I am not at all a fan of gravy !! For me it tastes like dog food (although I never tried it, lol )
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Mags said...

You know, gravy is something my mom could actually make! :)

tegdirb92 said...

I have never been good at making gravy but the kitchen bouquet secret might just help me along, thanks! I'll bet you are a pro at making gravy now. Have a wonderful Monday.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I'm with you here Gracie. I too love gravy. Just drown my food in gravy. Making gravy is an art and one that is well worth the effort. I see you found that out. Have a great MM. :)

Travis said...

Yum yum yum yum!!

Mo said...

I'm actually pretty good at making gravy.
But the best gravy I ever had was 'red eye' gravy that my great-grandmother used to make from smoked ham steaks. Mmmmm salty!
My blood pressure is going up just thinking about it!

Good gravy, I'm sorry I'm so late visiting your MM post!
love ya,

Heart of Rachel said...

I'm fond of gravy. I like gravy with my hubby's rosemary chicken and mashed potatoes.