There’s a reason I’m making this gravy ahead of time and it’s called survival. There are too many last minute details prior to getting Thanksgiving on the table and I’m delighted to be able to cross gravy off the list.
I purchased turkey wings and roasted them in the oven to make an authentic stock.
I plan to stir the turkey drippings into the gravy at the last minute. If you’ve got a tablespoon or more of bacon drippings at the ready, by all means, add them to the gravy too. (Unlike my husband, on Thanksgiving I could care less about caloric intake. ) I’ve another 3-day in advance gravy, which includes mushrooms, if you’re so inclined.
TIME SAVERS: Substitute a good brand of lightly seasoned turkey stock for the homemade; Kitchen Basics brand would be my choice. The ingredients list does not contain MSG or other funky stuff so this would be a very good substitute if you don’t have the time to make your own. Trader Joe’s also carries a “Mirepoix” container, which includes finely chopped celery, onion an carrot – another time-saver if you’ve a TJ’s in your area.
Today I began cooking for a holiday party I’m hosting the day after tomorrow. One item I want on the menu is an old-fashioned spice cake, and while thumbing through cookbooks in search of a recipe, I was imagining rich layers of flavor that would be more redolent of spice than cloyingly sweet. No such … Full recipe post »
…at least it does for me. There were no hangdog looks from me when my kids announced they were having Thanksgiving at their partner’s parent’s home; I’ve reinvented my Thanksgiving tradition to fall the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. With grown kids in relationships (which mean new families with their own holiday traditions), celebrating the Sunday … Full recipe post »
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Food writer by trade, curious cook by design.
The past 30 years have witnessed a raucous race from my professional to
home kitchen - persnickety customers, petulant children and piles of dirty dishes
lie in my wake. And the dinnerFeeds - well - they
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