Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tuesday's Tale

It was chilly on Tuesday morning when I took the trash out to the road. But it warmed up to a beautiful summer day.

Sidebar: Summer is clinging on in Southeast Michigan, despite what the calendar says.

I went all over hell at lunch. First I went to Larry's Foodliner (open 24 hour) and bought a bottle of Kitchen Bouquet. I remember my Mother using this in her gravy, so I thought I'd try it.

Then I went to Newburgh Grill. They had their bean and ham soup, so I just got a big bowl of that.

From there I went to Lowe's. I wanted to get two more hydrangeas, but they were all gone! They replaced them with tons of mums. Dammit!

Finally, I got the truck washed.

After work, I took out the roast and two pie crust. I thawed the pie crusts while I cut the roast, potatoes, carrots and onions into smaller pieces (I like big chunks with my roast). I mixed them all up. and they filled the two other frozen pie crusts.

Then I made my gravy. I had four cups of au jus, so I doubled the recipe. I put in 1/2 cup of butter into a large saucepan and melted it. Then I whisked in 1/2 cup of flour until there were no lumps. I added in 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and cooked it over medium heat for about five minutes, until it started to turn light brown.

I turned the heat to low and SLOWLY added my au jus, whisking constantly. I added two teaspoons of Kitchen Bouquet and turned the heat back to medium. I continued to stir until the gravy boiled and thickened.

I tasted it and it was great! Not exactly like my mother's (but she used beef drippings and mine was broth-based) but damn close!

I put the gravy over the beef and veggies, put the thawed crust on top (this wasn't easy or pretty) and stuck them into a preheated 350 degree preheated oven. I baked them for about 30 minutes until the crust was golden.

I cut a piece for my dinner, but couldn't get it out pretty enough to take a picture for you.

On the other hand, it was delicious. Thanks for the idea, Jake!

I watched TV for a bit, but went to bed early.


  1. Pot pies look great and glad it turned out. How much does Larry pay you for the plugs?