Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. I have two new books to share and an interesting recipe for dairy free biscuits and gravy that’s quite delicious!
This is a recipe that I can eat any time of the day or night. I’ve even made biscuits & Gravy for dinner recently and it’s always so delicious!
Let’s get started…
I learned how to make biscuits & Gravy from my Stepmother Laurie. Just a few weeks before she passed away, she told me she wanted to show me how to make her biscuits and gravy recipe so that I would always know how. I’ve made this recipe ever since and my family loves it. I’m going to give you both recipe versions so that you can choose which one you’d like to try.
Laurie’s Biscuits & Gravy Recipe
My Stepmom loved using Grand’s Butter Tastin’ Biscuits with her gravy. Her gravy recipe is as follows:
1 – TB Bacon Lard
1 tube of hot ground sausage
1 tube of regular ground sausage
1 cup of whole milk
1/2 cup of flour
Salt and Pepper
Additional milk for thickening
So, my version of the recipe is made the same way as Laurie’s biscuits & gravy, but using almond milk. I used to make this with traditional cow’s milk, and in my opinion, it does taste best with real whole milk and even a splash of cream. I’m always searching for dairy free versions when it comes to cooking because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not supposed to be eating dairy and do much better without it.
My dairy free version…
My favorite biscuit recipe which you will find HERE. (Omit the butter and use Crisco for dairy free! Also use almond milk which works great)
1 TB oil or lard – whichever you like
2 tubes of ground sausage of your choice (I like Farmland MSG Free)
1 cup of almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1/2 cup of flour
Salt, pepper, and a dash of ground cayenne pepper to taste (Farmland doesn’t make hot sausage that I can find so I use a little dash of cayenne pepper)
Additional milk to use with thickening
Heat your pan to medium and begin breaking up the sausage while frying until cooked through. I love using cast iron for this…
As the sausage is frying, prepare your milk by adding it to a jar or bowl. I like to shake my milk and flour in a jar because it makes it easy. You can also whisk it.
1 Cup of Milk
1/2 Cup of Flour
Shake it up real good!
Once the sausage is cooked through – Drain the fat
Now you’re ready to add your milk mixture to your drained sausage over medium heat. Pour it in and start stirring it up until it gets thick which is almost instantly.
Add in more milk. I don’t measure on this. I just add a little slowly over time until I get to the desired thickness.
Just keep stirring and adding in small amounts of milk over high heat. Once it starts to boil turn it down to a simmer. Don’t forget to add in your spices!
This is why I love cast iron – It’s naturally non-stick as you can see in the picture below.
After simmering for roughly 10-15 minutes, it’s done.
Serve with your fresh biscuits!
Continue reading for this week’s books!
This Week’s Books:
I hoped to catch up last week on my reading, but I’m still reading The Girl in the Tower (The Bear and the Nightingale #2) and I love the writing so far. I feel like I’m right back into the first story with more action.
In addition, I’m also reading these this week…
The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn
Blurb: For years people have claimed to see a mysterious white deer in the woods around Chinaberry Creek. It always gets away. One evening, Eric Harper thinks he spots it. But a deer doesn’t have a coat that shimmers like a pearl. And a deer certainly isn’t born with an ivory horn curling from its forehead. When Eric discovers the unicorn is hurt and being taken care of by the vet next door and her daughter, Allegra, his life is transformed. A tender tale of love, loss, and the connections we make, The Unicorn in the Barn shows us that sometimes ordinary life takes extraordinary turns. – Goodreads
*I picked this up in my Barnes haul a few weeks ago. This is a buddy read with my kids. We are absorbing every last drop of summer we have before we get back into school and this is the perfect read for it. It’s sweet, magical, and we are loving the illustrations.*
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
Blurb: “Eerie and compelling, Sarah Schmidt breathes such life into the terrible, twisted tale of Lizzie Borden and her family, she makes it impossible to look away.” —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water
In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.
On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.
As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling. – Goodreads
*I’ve had this on my Netgalley shelf for what seems like forever. I’m behind and plan to get caught up on these this month. I’ve seen some mixed reviews on this one, but have high hopes. I’ll be starting this on Friday and will have a review for you hopefully by the end of the week!*
Thanks for reading this week’s Breakfast and a Book! Please feel free to comment with thoughts and suggestions below! Hope your remaining week is amazing. 😉