White Gravy and Gluten-free White Gravy

6 oz. beef broth
6 oz. Chicken broth
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP flour
¼ onion – layers left long
Little salt

In a small sauce pot, melt butter, add the flour, and whisk smooth.  Add the broth mixture a little at a time, whisk until it gets thick.  Add the onion and a little salt and let cook until the gravy picks up the onion flavor.  Remove the onions and pour gravy into a gravy boat.


As of 9/3/22

Gluten Free White Gravy

6 oz. cold beef broth
6 oz. cold chicken broth
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP gluten free cornstarch (Argo gluten-free corn starch)
¼ onion – layers left long
Little salt

In a small sauce pot, melt butter, add the onions and sauté.  Pour cold broth mixture into a cup and add the cornstarch and stir.  Add to the onions and heat the mixture until the gravy starts to thicken.  Remove the onions and pour gravy into a gravy boat.


As of 9/3/22


2 cups chopped tomatoes
¼ cup chopped red onion
¼ cup chopped yellow onion
2 TBSP diced green chiles (from a can)
2 cloves garlic chopped
~3 TBSP chopped cilantro
Small amount of chopped jalapeño pepper (to your taste)
Juice from one lime
1 TBSP olive oil
½ tsp ground cumin
Salt and Pepper

Place everything in a food processor, chop a little until everything is blended yet still chunky.

As of 8/13/22

Garmugia (Tuscany Vegetable Soup)

Garmugia is pronounced “gara muja”.

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½ cup sliced spring onions or scallions
⅔ cup asparagus (reserve the tops until later)
⅔ cup lima beans or fava beans
¾ cup green peas
¾ cup quartered artichokes
½ cup diced pancetta
3 cups water
2 cloves garlic minced
½ cup dry white wine (optional)
Salt and pepper

Place all in a crock-pot and cook on low for 6 hours.

I served this with focaccia bread.

As of 7/23/22

Lemon Icebox Pie

8 oz. container cool whip

12 oz. cream cheese (room temp)

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

½ cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

Zest of 1 lemon (reserve some to place on top)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 10” prepared graham cracker crust

In a large bowl using a hand mixer and mix all the ingredients except the cool whip and small amount of reserved lemon zest.  After is all is whipped smoothly had the cool whip, fold in and then use the hand mixer and make smooth.  Add to the 10” pie crust.  Sprinkle with reserved zest.  Place covered in the ice box until cold.

As of 7/14/22

How to make Tuna Helper Better

This is an easy meal when you are in a pinch. We use the oven to make this instead of the box directions.

Box of Tuna Helper
2 cans of chunky albacore tuna (drained)
1-1/3 Cups cold milk
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 small 4 oz. can of sliced mushrooms (drained)
1/4 chopped red bell pepper
3 chopped scallions
1/2 cup frozen peas
Grated Parmesan cheese and also grated block Parmesan or both (Or whatever cheese you like)
Dash of oil

1/2 cup of Panko either with herbs or plain
4 TBSP butter

In salted water boil the box spaghetti noodles for exactly 12 minutes then strain.
Add the sauce package to the cold milk and dry white wine and stir.
Add everything but the Panko and butter to a 2 1/2 Qt. covered Corning ware oven proof pan and mix well.
In a fry pan meat the butter and turn off the heat. Add the Panko so the Panko absorbs the butter but does not brown. Layer the Panko on top.

In a 425° oven center rack cook covered for 15 minutes. Remove the lid and cook another 30 minutes.