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Don’t Rue the Roux (A Homophonically Hackneyed Glorification of Gravy)

I’m a gravy animal. I like gravy on anything. In my world gravy deserves the coveted foundational spot on the food pyramid. But the pyramid I grew up with has been has been replaced with something bizarre.  I first encountered this new layout at Kroger when I saw some strange crop circle-esque food diagram.

I couldn’t decipher this new age pyramid as there is no base to build on. That’s not a proper food pyramid. I learned about nutrition from Slim Goodbody, the stalwart, creepy body suit wearing crusader. Mr. Goodbody may not be a gravy advocate, but I’m not deterred.

I’m such a gravy proponent that years ago I used to have listeners consume a thirty-two ounce glass of cream gravy when I was a disc jockey.  If you are a radio personality and need a game that is devoid of originality but will make some listeners say, “Eww,” you can steal this bit that I undoubtedly stole from some unimaginative liner jock who used it as a vehicle to giveaway blue plate lunches during his lunchtime request hour.  It’s amazing the lengths some people go to score a CD from some never was band like Zug Izland. Remember that band? Me neither.

I’m definitely no expert on sauces, but I have gained enough experience to make a half decent gel of grease and flour. Making roux for gumbo is a skill I have yet to perfect.  Gravy is easy.  At least for me, death-defying dark roux is not only challenging, but all of that stirring can be exhausting.  

I love a really dark roux, but I have had gumbo where the roux was scorched.  Needless to say, that restaurant isn’t around anymore.  When I make a roux, I always plan on making it the color of dark chocolate.  Once it looks like peanut butter I start getting nervous, and I invariably chicken out when the roux almost looks like milk chocolate.  

Justin Wilson terrifies me with this über-dark roux.  I can’t find the rest of the clip to see if the gumbo turned out.  I’m certain it was perfect, but next time I set out to make a dark roux, I’ll have to battle another bout of flop sweat or I’ll get tired and ditch the whole gumbo idea and bust open a can of biscuits and make a pan of cream gravy.

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Another Broken Egg Cafe

My wife and I don’t eat out much as normally we are feeding our three daughters as well. We were able to escape for a short while to enjoy an intimate brunch.

I’ve been to Another Broken Egg Cafe a couple of times and it tasted great, but I always went to eat lunch with a dude. Or maybe a dude and his girlfriend. This just kills the atmosphere.

It’s another story when you are with your wife. We both had a nice meal, but the breakfast sausage really stood out. It tasted great, though it’s not something you would want to gorge on. It’s a bit too salty for that. They had a decent house made cream gravy, and the eggs were perfect. If only the diced potatoes weren’t frozen.

I like fresh potatoes, but sometimes a restaurant goes for the quick and easy solution. I’ll have to take a star away for the mediocre potatoes, but overall, this is a great place to escape the din of arguing children.

Next time I’ll try the Bananas Foster pancakes.

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