From the Kitchen: Dressing and gravy for the big day

I know you know we’re bearing down on Thanksgiving. This week we’re putting a stop to any cooking anxiety regarding gravy.

With just a switch in the soup and broth in the gravy recipe, both traditional dishes today coincidentally are suitable for the vegetarian expected at your table.

I made the gravy last year, drenching roasted chicken in the sauce, since turkey wasn’t on the menu.

You don’t need any drippings, so this would be perfect for those deep-fried gobblers. One is set to grace our table next week.

I think poultry seasoning was the magic that made the gravy and also the dressing’s flavor pop and feel genuine.

I developed the dressing recipe for our vegetarian middle-schooler who has remained faithful to her choice since the second grade.

We thought she might have been swayed along the way by a sausage pizza or a savory, beefy burger. She hasn’t.

A choice of a good bread helped the dressing along. You could also opt for flavored stuffing cubes.

There isn’t any egg in the dressing, so baking the finished dish is just a matter of heating through and reaching the doneness you desire. The individual ingredients used to make it are already “cooked.”

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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Funerals for Sunday, December 8, 2019

Board, Dencil - 3 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Booher, Hughes - 3 p.m., Maranatha Fellowship, St. Albans.

Carpenter, Homer - 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Collins, Jacob - 2 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Donahue-Moubray, Kathleen - 3 p.m., Haven of Rest Mausoleum, Red House.

Estes, Peggy - 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Friel, Ruth - 1 p.m., Lantz Funeral Home, Buckeye.

Johnson, Marvin - 1 p.m., High Lawn Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Linville, Vada - 2 p.m., Orchard Hills Memory Gardens, Yawkey.

Pettit, Michele - 3:30 p.m., Faith Baptist Church, Spencer.

Prue, Margaret - 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Scott, Robert - 3 p.m., Capital High School, Charleston.

Smith, Wanda - 3 p.m., Billy Hunt Cemetery, Kettle Road.

Sneed, Virginia - 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.