One more quick post today {Onion Gravy}

As the holidays come and go I find myself running to Mema’s collection of recipes for quick treats, sides, and random sauces.  Today I needed a gravy for the turkey and potatoes and this is quite possibly the best gravy I have ever had.  Probably because of the red wine cooked in there!  It was absolutely delicious and received rave reviews at dinner.

onion gravy

Onion Gravy

1/2 c. minced onion

3 T. butter

3 T. flour

1 1/3 c. beef broth

1 T. minced parsley

1/4 c. dry red wine

Saute onion in butter for 3 to 5 minutes.  Stir in flour.  Add remaining ingredients and simmer 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Happy cooking!


A Special Thanksgiving Treat {Strawberry Pie}

I think I have said this before but just in case you missed it, I love pies!  I’ll eat pie any time of the year but for some reason they just taste better during the holidays.  I had planned on making a cherry pie for Thanksgiving (because what is Thanksgiving without a pie!?) but then I saw this strawberry pie recipe in Mema’s collection and the cherry pie became a distant memory.  This is my first attempt at a strawberry pie and I don’t think it could have been any easier.  Delicious too!

strawberry pie with homemade whipped cream

Strawberry Pie

1 8-inch pie crust, baked and cooled

4 T. cornstarch

1 c. sugar

1 c. water

dash salt

3 T. strawberry jello

1 qt. strawberries (I halved mine just to make it easier on the kids)

whipping cream (I made homemade whipped cream which made the pie extra delicious!)

Combine cornstarch, sugar, and salt in a pot.  Add water, a little at a time.  Cook until thick and transparent.  Remove from heat.  Add jello and stir until dissolved.  Cool.

Pour berries into sauce.  Coat all berries and pour into baked pie shell.  Chill at least 3 hours in refrigerator.  Add whipped cream.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

I promise, last Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe {at least for a while}

Being the last day before the Thanksgiving holiday, Rowan’s class has a Fall Family Celebration tomorrow where families are invited bring a special dish or treat to share with the class.  So I asked Rowan what he would like for us to take (thinking he was going to say mac & cheese – a definite favorite of his).  His response: ‘homemade chocolate chip cookies’ (Why did I even ask!?  Mac & cheese would have been so much easier!)

So off to make chocolate chip cookies I went!  I really liked the last recipe I used for his birthday but there was another recipe in the ‘dessert’ envelope that I’ve been wanting to try.  This recipe uses a cake mix which made the cookies exceptionally soft and moist. This is only the second time I’ve ever made cookies using a cake mix (the first being these cream cheese cookies) and I must admit, it’s easy and they turn out great!

I used a butter cake mix for this batch of cookies but there’s something I want to try soon – using a chocolate cake mix to make chocolate chocolate chip cookies.  I think the boys would like those even more!  That may be my first project after Thanksgiving!

chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies {using a cake mix}

2 eggs

2/3 c. shortening

1 pkg. (6oz) semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 c. chopped nuts (I omitted these due to severe peanut allergy in his class)

1 tsp. vanilla

1 pkg. cake mix

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Beat eggs, vanilla, shortening, and about half of the cake mix (dry) until light and fluffy.  Stir in remaining cake mix, chocolate chips, and nuts.  Drop dough by teaspoonful about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes (cookies will be soft in center when done).  Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.

{My batch made 28 decent size cookies.}