Perfect Gravy

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gravy1Gravy is such an important part of your meal.  After all the preparation and care to cook the meat just right, you need a spectacular gravy to top it off.  This is the gravy you need.  It is fool-proof.  Perfect gravy every time.  You can make it to go with any meat.  Make plenty and make it ahead of time, you’ll need it!!!



4 TBSP Butter

¼ Cup Shallots, finely chopped (onions can also be used)

2 TBSP Flour

2 Cups Low sodium Chicken Stock

Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper



1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots or onions and season with a pinch of salt. Cook 5 minutes or until the shallots are soft.

2. Sprinkle the flour over the shallots and whisk until the flour is a light brown color. About 2 minutes.

3. While whisking, slowly pour in the chicken broth and whisk until the flour is incorporated and the mixture is smooth.

4. Simmer until the gravy thickens and the flavors meld. About 10 minutes.

5. Season with salt and pepper

6. Strain the gravy to remove the shallots/onions before serving (optional)


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November marks the official start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving on the third Thursday of the month.  

I love Thanksgiving.  It’s a day to be thankful for the people around you, the food on the table and all the wonderful things in our lives.  There aren’t any presents or crazy shopping to take away from celebration.  It’s just about enjoying the day with friends and family.  

The food is delicious with Turkey being the star of the show.  Lots of delicious side dishes of stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries, vegetables and delicious gravy to go over it all.  Yum!!

Typically, I have a crowd of about 30 or so at my house, which seems to be the norm at Thanksgiving time for a lot of people. 

I am used to cooking for a crowd, but a lot of people that I speak to are extremely stressed by the house preparation, decorations and the meal for so many people.

Fortunately, I am here to help you thorough the holiday.  From easy decorations to a fabulous meal.  My Thanksgiving cheat sheet is amazing.  On one piece of paper, you will have the timetable to roast a turkey and how to make the best stuffing around.  It also has a recipe to make mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and a broccoli casserole that all your friends and family will devour.  And last but not least perfect gravy.  It couldn’t be easier.  

Now, on page 2, you will find Pumpkin and Apple pie.  The Apple pie recipe is from my Grandmother.  It is easy and fool proof. 

Not only will I give you all the help you need to serve an amazing meal, but I will also give you easy tips on setting a beautiful table.  

Let’s get started!!