Wednesday, November 17, 2010

T, should you show up, I'll fix you breakfast anytime. I cook better slightly drunk, so you might want to take me drinking first.

M, only real cream is offered for coffee at my place and I would love to visit with you over several cups.

J, biscuits and gravy...hmmmm...well, biscuits are a bit like scones in texture, they are usually round, but sometimes square, and gravy is just a word we use for sauce. There's an old joke that goes something like,

Q: What's the difference between gravy and sauce?

A: About $15 dollars.

And that's pretty true. Cream gravy is basically just a bechamel sauce...flour, butter and milk with a little salt and pepper.
Sausage gravy is about the same with the addition of crumbled breakfast sausage. Fry up your sausage, then make a roux with the grease and add milk, finish with salt and pepper.
Chocolate gravy is a southern thing. I grew up eating it and the little bit of research I've done on the subject indicates that it originated in eastern Kentucky and Tennessee and the western Carolinas. I make it with cocoa powder, flour and sugar and a bit of vanilla and salt. My grandma made it with Nestle Quick. It is nothing short of amazing served over a hot, well-buttered biscuit.

5 comments:

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

Eric....! you survived working 100 hours a week then!!!

have things settled down much for you?

Maria said...

The guitarist in the back? I covet her hair. I also would like to look that cool when I dance. Unfortunately, I look more like Elaine Benes.

And sorry...but chocolate gravy sounds revolting.

Maybe it is one of those tastes that one must acquire like oysters. My daughter and I were talking the other day and she said, "How did someone get the idea that it was okay to eat oysters? I mean...they're good, but when you look at them initially they look so gross and slimy!"

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

maria
oysters are lumps of salty snot

Terroni said...

We could go drinking together and then eat breakfast? Damn. I may have just planned my next vacation.

Texan said...

oh my gosh I haven't heard someone say Chocolate Gravy since I was a kid! I grew up eating that over biscuits as well! YUMMMMMMMY

My Grandma made it with cocoa :O).