I love gravy. What’s not to like? Gooey, fatty flavor added to something wonderful like mashed potatoes or roast chicken, yes please. Gravy is just a type of sauce and at its heart, it’s very basic, so let's walk through how to make foolproof gravy. Make a rouxThis is flour … [Read more...] about Recipe: How to Make Foolproof Gravy plus What to Do if Your Gravy Goes Wrong
Every year I polish up my Thanksgiving recipes as part of this extensive guide that I have been building for the past decade. I've tried to cover everything - from a primer on turkeys to what to do with leftovers. If you have any thoughts or anything questions, let me know! I'll … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Recipes & Beyond: A Complete Guide to Shopping, Menus, Leftovers and Tips to Stay Sane
For years, my father-in-law's second wife served boxed stuffing at her holiday gatherings, spiced up with cut-up precooked turkey sausage. When I offered to make some homemade stuffing one year, she waved me off. “No one can the tell the difference, anyway.” But I can tell, I … [Read more...] about Can You Pass Off Processed Thanksgiving Side Dishes for the Real Thing?
If you live in Seattle, it’s required by state law to consume wild salmon during the summer or at least it feels that way. As a result, I end up with a lot of leftovers, so I created this easy salmon cakes recipe. Lately, I’ve been grilling more than we need in order to use the … [Read more...] about Recipe: Easy Salmon Cakes with Avocado Basil Dressing
Years ago, I found myself the only vegetarian at a barbecue hosted by co-workers. I've dabbled with vegetarianism on and off; this was during one of my "on" phases. Thoughtfully, or so I thought, I packed my own frozen meatless patties so no would even notice that I wasn't eating … [Read more...] about Mushroom and Lentil Burgers