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Friday, November 23, 2012

Good Gravy & The Day After

We had a delicious Thanksgiving. And now are thinking about the leftovers we will have tonight. Always so good. Of course, I had my traditional, morning-after Thanksgiving slice of pumpkin pie for breakfast.  The weather is unusually mild. I did miss that crisp, chill air yesterday.

My success story for Thanksgiving dinner this year is a new way to make the gravy. Our wonderful Jaz at OctoberFarm blog posted her method, which saves the stress of having to make the gravy at the last second while everything else is ready. Click HERE  for her wonderful gravy recipe.

The above is a photo of my stock pot filled with turkey parts (legs, wings, necks) and a large variety of veggies and herbs and seasonings. It smelled divine whilst simmering away.

A steamy photo of the finished turkey gravy. It is a cinch to make, especially if you are familiar with making the basic roux (flour and butter) then continuing on to make a bechamel sauce (basic white sauce), etc. If you have never done that type of sauce before, Jaz's instruction are very easy to follow, and with photos!!
This was an excellent tasting gravy, and such a relief to have it all done way before the turkey came out of the oven. Next year I will be making this gravy a few days before the big day.

Naturally I completely forgot to get a nice photo of our Thanksgiving table. So aggravating. Please take my word for it that everything looked and smelled wonderful, and everyone enjoyed all those wonderful flavors.

I hope all who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday had a terrific day.

We are not Black Friday shoppers so today is a family-oriented day. It's quite pleasant.

Here's two curious kitties peering out the front door for the first time. It's a big world out there, kittens!

Have a super day!


jaz@octoberfarm said...

it makes me so happy that you like my gravy! glad you had a good thanksgiving. i made my turkey rice soup today! it's a great way to use the carcass. i will post it tomorrow!

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

The kittens are so big now! I guess they were thinking of other birds as their thanksgiving dinner :-)

Yes Joyce is a gold mine when it comes to recipes :-)

Have a great day!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Jaz will never steer you wrong! Enjoy your quiet, restful Friday.

Debra Dickson said...

Hi! Just followed a cute picture to your blog, and it looks like a fun place to visit! Happy holidays to you and yours.

mxtodis123 said...

Glad your Thanksgiving went so well. I love the leftovers on the day after. Actually had sweet potatoes and turkey for breakfast. Somehow, cereal just wasn't going to do the trick today.

The Boston Lady said...

I think making the gravy ahead of time is genius and will be thinking of doing this next year. Love the kitty picture and yes, no black Friday here either. Ann

AkasaWolfSong said...

Sounds scrumdillyicious! :)

The photo of the kitties is so adorable they loved the faire at your table too?

Sounds like you had a perfect day and I'm happy for you Sister!

Have a good dreamtime,

Jacquelineand.... said...

Oh my goodness, the 'kittens' are getting SO big! So glad you had a good Thanksgiving, now have a peaceful and relaxing weekend.

Thanks for the link to the gravy recipe; I'll definitely be trying it the next time I make turkey, which will probably be next week, lol.

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Glad your day was happy and delicious! I will try that gravy recipe! I am not a gravy person, but my guys certainly are. I prefer mustard....


Magic Love Crow said...

It sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving Robin ;o) We always have left over pie for breakfast too ;o) LOL! I love gravy!!! Big Hugs ;o)