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Southern Sausage Gravy

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Matthew 5:13

I’ve noticed that foods that I consider “comfort foods” are those that take me back to my childhood. My Mom’s pineapple upside-down cake, my Pop’s manicotti, and my Grandmother Bryson’s sausage gravy and biscuits.

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Taking a bite of this gravy is like stepping into a time machine, dialing the time of arrival to 1983 when I was 3 years old, and stepping into her kitchen. I remember standing on a stool next to her while she let me pat out the biscuits and put them in her baking pan.

Even though I was a pretty good cook when I got married, I did my best to recreate the foods that my loved ones served, to my new husband.

Gravy was one thing that I had to attempt several times before I got the consistency just right. There were times that I served my husband gravy so thick and pasty we could have spackled dry wall with it. There were other times that the gravy looked more like a creamy soup. But now, lucky for him, I’ve got it just right.

To make this Southern Sausage Gravy, you will need:

1 lb bulk sausage

3 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups whole milk {I’ve used 2% and it’s fine, I just prefer whole milk}

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

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Step 1: Heat your skillet over medium high heat. Crumble your sausage into your skillet and cook to a golden brown. DO NOT DRAIN YOUR GREASE! This is the fat you need to make this dish.

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Step 2: Thoroughly incorporate your flour, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for about a minute being sure scrap the bottom of your skillet. The flour can stick and burn if you aren’t careful. {I find using a whisk and a cast iron skillet are the best tools for this job.}

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Step 3: Vigorously stirring with your whisk, pour in your milk. Stirring continually will work out any lumps giving you a smooth, creamy texture. Continue to stir and cook for a couple of minutes or until your gravy is the perfect, velvety consistency.

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Step 5: Serve over Dana’s amazing biscuits to some of your favorite people.

Enjoy!

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Help Us Welcome A New Member To Our SGC Family!

Numbers 27:11 And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it: and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Jen and I are so excited to welcome a new member to our SGC family!

Welcome aboard Laura Young-Wolfe.

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Laura and I (Dana) have been friends for 20+ years.

Even though Jen and Laura only met a few months ago they have become fast friends and I couldn’t be happier!

Laura will be telling you all about herself, her family and her cooking experiences on the About page in the coming days.

So, join us and give Laura a big shout out to let her know how excited you are that she will be adding her own special flavor to the SGC family!

YAY!!!!!

Change is good, Right?

Zechariah 3:4   And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

Jen and I have new homes!

Our property lines are adjacent and we are so excited about this!  Instead of having to drive to visit with each other we can now just walk across the farm.

Our boys can have more playtime together and Jen and I can have more cooking and baking time together.

This is a big change for both us though.

We had to put in several hours of hard labor.

Jen and her husband bought an existing house that needed to be renovated.  Many, many hours she, her husband and father spent painting, putting in new flooring, etc.

Now she has a beautiful home that I am sure will bring her many happy years of enjoyment.

However, my husband and I had to start from scratch.

We bought a 25 acre farm that had not been tended to for several years.

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It was grown up cedar thicket with two very old dilapidated barns and one very dated mobile home.

Here’s one of the barns.  Told it was in bad shape.  We plan on reclaiming the wood from the barns for future use.

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We bought the farm in 2010 and have spent many countless hours cleaning the place up so we could build our home here.

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And here it is!  Our barn/home!  Oh yes we did!  We built a barn with living quarters in one side.  We are finally “on the farm” and couldn’t be happier!

And of course with the farm came animal.  We have goats and chickens and dogs.

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We looking forward to making many great memories.

Recipe of the Month: Meatloaf

Acts 16:28-34:  But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.  Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.  And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.  And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

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Ah, meatloaf!  What can you say about meatloaf?  My youngest son, whom is 7, says, “It is very good!”  Here is my version of a classic.

Ingredients

2 pounds ground chuck

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups bread crumbs or instant oats

3/4 cup ketchup

1/2 cup milk

1 package onion soup mix

4 slices uncooked bacon

Sauce

1/2 cup ketchup

6 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Layer bacon in the bottom of a 2.5 quart or 3 quart baking dish.

Like this!

In a large bowl mix, or in other terms, squish together ground chuck, eggs, bread crumbs (or oats), ketchup, milk and onion soup mix.

Once you get it all squished together, place on top of bacon in baking dish

I use my Deep Covered Baker from The Pampered Chef.

Spread evenly over top of bacon.

Cover and bake for about an 1 hour.

Remove from oven and try to drain off most of the grease.  Be very careful, meatloaf my shift in the pan and cause grease to splatter.

Mix up your sauce to over the top of your meatloaf.

Just put all your ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk it together

Pour evenly over your meatloaf and return to the oven, uncovered.  Bake for about 30 more minutes.

Do Not Over Bake.  If it looks like its starting to burn remove it from the oven.

And here it is …. the finished product!

Make this meatloaf for supper tonight and then wait for the compliments.  And tell’em it’s just something you threw together!!

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