Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Sausage Gravy and a Book Review #LitHappens

This sausage gravy is quick and easy to make and turns and ordinary breakfast into something very special.

sausage gravy

I was inspired to make this dish after reading American Harvest: God, Country and Farming in the Heartland........

My friend Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla started an online book club with a few of her friends.  Each month one of us chooses a book and we all read and discuss it on the facebook page called Lit Happens.  You don't have to be a blogger and you can join in whenever the chosen book strikes your fancy.

There is no requirement to review the book nor to make a recipe but I find myself unable to read a book or watch a movie without putting on my foodie glasses.

American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland ...

This book was chosen by Angie, who is not a blogger but who is a part of our virtual book club.  I had never heard of this book and wasn't sure what to expect.  I was not prepared for the impact this book had on me.

The author, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, is a Japanese American born of an American father and a Japanese Mother and raised in New York City, our Nation's Melting Pot.  

Although raised in the city Marie's family has roots in the country as her father and uncle inherited their family's wheat farm.  Neither one runs the farm but rather they hire a family to care for it and harvesters to collect it at the end of each season.  That is when the brothers and their families would meet at the homestead and their very different lives would combine.

Marie always felt "foreign" during harvest and eventually stopped attending harvests however after her father's death she took over his percentage of the farm.  Having been raised and living in the city all of her life she started questioning the harvesters and farmers about organic farming and GMO's.  Marie, like most of the people she knew, couldn't understand how the country people were so against "playing" God but had no problem geneticallly modifying foods that we eat. 

In response to all her questions, Marie was invited to spend 3 months traveling the Heartland where she not only learned much about farming but also why and how people's demographics affect their political and religious beliefs and how if we keep the lines of communication open.....we may just learn that we are not all so different after all.

Needless to say I loved this book of Marie's experience that just took place a short few years ago.  The politics, the issues, the beliefs, the tenets are the same today as they were when she started this voyage.

biscuits and sausage gravy

Farming is a lot of hard work and every morning the crew would meet together for a delicious, hearty and filling breakfast.  I decided to make up a batch of Sourdough Biscuits that I will be sharing with you on another day.  I scrambled some eggs and I made up some Sausage Gravy.  This is a wonderful start to a day of hard work.
sausage gravy

There was mention of sausage gravy in the book but more than that there was the entire importance of starting the day with a meal that was going to get the crew through until lunchtime which was brought to them in the fields.  Dinnertime was a casual, friendly (normally) gathering consisting of hearty casseroles and delicious sounding desserts.

I'm also sharing this over at Foodies Read.  Stop by and see what others are reading and eating this month.

#breakfast, #pork, #sausage, #gravy,
Breakfast, Pork, Gravy
Yield: 6 servings
Sausage Gravy

Sausage Gravy

This sausage gravy is quick and easy to make and turns and ordinary breakfast into something very special.
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 20 MTotal time: 25 M


  • 1 lb. sage spiced bulk pork sausage
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 c. milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the sausage over medium heat in a large skillet breaking up with a wooden spoon.  When browned and crumbly, sprinkle with the flour.  Cook and stir until flour is no longer visible.  Add the milk,  Cook, stirring occasionally until the gravy is thick and bubbly.  Season with salt and pepper and serve.


This gravy is delicious over biscuits. I also like it over scrambled eggs or a cheese omelet. Try some on a waffle!!
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  1. Thanks for this. Jake LOVES sausage and gravy though, after watching "Game Changers" he wants to go more plant-based. This also reminded me that I need to post my recipe for the book. I made a cherry cobbler.

    1. It was very tempting to go with dessert but I am sugared out....

  2. That's a delicious sounding farm-type breakfast! I read Mockett's book too, and thought very highly of it. My review is here:

    Be well! ... mae


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