I'm working through Masting the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. I'm not trying to be like the Julie/Julia girl. I just received Mom-mom's old copy and want to be like her instead. Today I made really awesome chicken breasts. I sauteed leeks and garlic in butter and added celery and carrots for a minute or two. Then, I stuck the pan in the oven with the chicken breasts and baked and basted with butter. Let me tell you how good the gravy was that I made afterward.
It was the most amazing gravy in the entire world. As Julia suggested, I did not use a whisk to make it. I only used a wooden spoon to get up the scrapings and then added stock and more butter. This gravy was so freaking amazing. Smooth, leeky, heavenly. Corey said the following things about the meal before silently devouring it: Wow. This is really good. This is good.
ALSO, when I went upstairs to invite LeeAnn to my Sunday rendition of MtAoFC, she presented me with my very own library card! She totally registered me on her own with no official mail or anything. I love having a librarian in the building. She knows everything about online research, electronic journals and databases. She is just so darned resourceful. I am excited to serve her some chicken with a different gravy.