A cool breeze stirs curtains, and memories of comfort food from my mother's kitchen. This cold weather gives me a good excuse to cook up some of our own. One of our favorites is a steamy chicken and gravy, poured over a bed of rice. Can you smell it?
Chicken and Gravy
1/4 cup butter
1 chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped green beans
1/2 cup of flour
2 teaspoons white sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic (or, if you prefer fresh, 2 cloves)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
Shake of black pepper
4 cups of chicken broth, (made with 2 bouillon cubes)
1-2 cups of cooked, cut chicken meat
Melt the butter in a frying pan and toss in all the vegetables. We sometimes add more veggies, or different ones. We've also added potatoes to make it more hearty for a potluck. Saute the vegetables in the butter until they're tender. Add the sugar and seasonings.
Throw in 1/2 cup of flour, and toss to evenly coat the vegetables. Then stir in the broth, and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for a minute or two to thicken it into a smooth gravy. Reduce the heat and add your cooked chicken.
Ladle it over hot rice or biscuits, and feel the comfort...
Cooking, for me, is the emulation of the deity's most essential habit:
As such, to cook is to worship.
- Patty Kirk
The leftovers (if you have any!) are the perfect base for a quick chicken noodle soup. Just boil up some extra veggies and noodles in a pot of chicken broth, add the leftovers and a bit more basil, and soup's on!