Please tell me I'm not the only person who keeps lists of recipes To Make. I choose recipes not so much by what they are but by who recommends them. Some of my To Make recipes come from Ruth Reichl, some from Julia Child and some from Edward.
You see, I just finished reading Dinner With Edward. By the time I'd finished, I'd fallen a little in love with nonagenarian Edward with his charming, Old World manners and flair for making delicious dinners for author Isabel Vincent.
So when I finished the book, I immediately circled back to the beginning, carefully typing all of Edward's wonderful menus into a Dinners by Edward To Make column of my menu spreadsheet.
Gravy has always been Michael's speciality. His kids loved coming over for visitation because Dad made gravy. I've had his gravy. It's so good I'd have pretended to be a 4th Thompson Child just to sneak into visitation to have his gravy!
But it's so much more fun to give culinary things a fancy French name and gravy falls in the French Mother Sauces category of Béchamel pronounced "besh-uh-mell." Basically a béchamel is a dairy-based sauce thickened with flour and flavored with meat juices, drippings, herbs, etc.
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