Thursday, September 13, 2012
Soul Food and memories
This was a breakfast staple in our family growing up. My dad loved to get up and make breakfast on the weekends. One of my most loved memories as a kid was waking up to the smell of my dad cooking breakfast. There are several methods to creating this yummy breakfast favorite of mine. My dad and his sister used to argue over which method was the best. My aunt Sharron (who is an amazing cook) thinks that the whisk whisk whisk method is the best for no lump creamy delicious gravy. My Dad's method was to cook the sausage in the skillet, but take the milk and flour and shake it in a mason jar first. He believed that was the best way to guarantee no lumps. I listened to this back and forth conversation a lot as a kid. It usually took place when we would go back to Texas, and those two would be up making breakfast arguing out there methods. It used to crack me up, and it still does. My dad has been gone for 10 years now. I am so grateful to have these fun memories. Every time I make this for my family I think about them, but mostly my dad because I miss him so much. No matter how well I tell my daughter this story and other silly stories about her papa, it just doesn’t do it justice. I truly wish she would have had the chance to know him. They certainly would have loved each other so much<3. That being said I am so grateful for what a wonderful grandmother my mom is to my daughter. We went to Lagoon recently with her, and those two were running around going on all of the fun rides together. It made me realize that there are so many small things that fill my heart with so much happiness and love.
This is a picture of my mom and my daughter on a ride at Lagoon. My mom has her arms in the air and a big smile on her face. It made me feel so happy that I felt a little emotional. Life hasn't been super easy for my mom at times, but she loves life and has always known how to have fun. I don't know what I would do without her. Love you mom!
Ok Here is my recipe for Biscuits and Gravy. I have taken both methods and created my own for perfect gravy. I like to use Bisquick for the biscuits, but you can use canned biscuits too.
1 Package of sausage ( I use original)
3 cups of milk ( you can use more. It just depends on how much gravy you want)
3 cubes of butter
1 cup of flour
Biscuits either Bisquick made or canned
a few grinds of the Pepper grinder
1 tsp (sprinkle it around a bit) garlic salt
1 tsp ( a few shakes) chilli flakes
Prepare the biscuits first that way when you start the gravy you can pop them in the oven. Brown the sausage in skillet season with the garlic salt and pepper and chilli flakes. In a pan scald the milk. When the sausage is browned add in the butter and flour, then begin wisking until the butter flower and sausage are well blended. Then add in the scalded milk. I like a lot of pepper in my gravy so I will pepper it a bit more. Keep wisking constantly until the gravy is a nice gravy Consistancy. Cut you biscuits in half and pour your delicious gravy over the top. Enjoy!