EASY. EXCELLENT. FARMER DAVE WAS SO HAPPY....
We cooked a turkey on Sunday. Partially because I need the freezer room, and partially because it was chilly and wet outside.... These Northeast winds drive the temps down with their passage over a still-cold Lake Ontario... and lakes that are over 50 miles across take a LONG TIME TO WARM UP....
The positives: Great food. Informal. Potatoes and gravy. Leftovers!!!
So we've been eating slap-together turkey sandwiches, and I've been having mine on Hawaiian rolls... Which I love. And that's been marvelous.
But yesterday was cold and wet and I took out the pot of gravy and had myself a quick party. The clue to biscuit or pot pie is to thin your gravy before topping it because the crust/biscuit will absorb some of the liquid.... and you want enough gravy to be crazy-delicious.
I'd boned out the turkey on Sunday night. I knew I wanted writing time during the week, and this way I've got a plate of sliced turkey breast.... and a pot of gravy swimming with luscious bits and pieces of turkey that don't slice so nicely!
Gravy solidifies somewhat in the refrigerator, so I scooped out about 2 cups of turkey and gravy and put it in a microwave safe bowl....
I added 2 cups of water to it.
Heated for 4 minutes.... Stirred.... Heated another minute.
Now it's hot. Bubbly.... Then I stirred in 1/2 bag of mixed vegetables.
Reheat in microwave about one minute....
Pour into large, oven friendly pot. I used my crock pot, because if the pot is deep, the biscuits stay softer.... but still firm and not soggy.
Lay Pillsbury Grands over top. I was able to fit 7 on this pot... If I'd known how amazing they'd be, I'd have crowded #8!!!
Bake at 350° for about 30-35 minutes.
We were so happy and I got another 1,000 words written....
During farm season (especially planting and harvest time) I surreptitiously sneak time to work, so if I can get by on making one meal that lasts for days and keeps people happy??? BONUS FOR RUTHY!!!!
And total bonus for the family!
But while this was a total, mind-numbing success....
THIS WAS AN EPIC KITCHEN FAIL.... It was so bad, I cannot in good conscience give it its own week...
This is Magic Custard Cake.
We wanted an easy recipe to share with farm customers, a recipe featuring farm-fresh eggs:
Doesn't look bad, does it?
And we got it out of the pan and turned it onto a plate...
So pretty!!!! The internet pictures showed a thin crust, a thick layer of delicious custard and a top "cake".... so this is kind of like "Tunnel of Fudge" cake, in which the cake divides itself into sections.
The bottom thin crust was like an inch-and-a-half thick of rubbery, pasty awfulness.....
The "custard" was thin and formed about a 1/4 inch of the middle.... and the top was not good.
Did we mess up???
I don't know!
But we decided that we'd admit the FAIL!!!! and get on with our egg-loving lives.
It looked and smelled wonderful.... but as all women know, appearances can be deceiving. :)
The fail may have been a mystery... but then HERE IS A REAL MYSTERY!!!! MY FIRST MYSTERY!!!! "A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS" FROM GUIDEPOSTS!!! It's available for preorder now, and I'm simply delighted to be working on this project with the amazing team at Guideposts, Inc. Happy dancing!
"A Light in the Darkness" is book one of a 24 book mystery series "Mysteries of Martha's Vineyard"... and I get to work with a marvelous team of authors and editors.... an absolutely wonderful opportunity to work and laugh with some great folks!
And then there's this going on: Individually quick-freezing some grown-on-the-farm strawberries! Our first ones!
I see a strawberry rhubarb pie in our future!!!!
Wishing you the best of weeks from the Blodgett Family Farm... and from the Writer's Spot... which is anywhere I can set down the laptop!
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