You can't have roast beef without gravy. It really is so simple to make, right in the roasting pan. The secret to my gravy is using red wine to create a rich taste. You can substitute beef stock for the wine or use a combination of both. … [Read more...] about The Best Rich Beef Gravy
Downton Abbey has drawn adoring fans to a wonderful viewing experience, transporting us back to a time when formality was de rigueur. Perhaps, much like Ascot, which will be banning those trendy fascinators from the Royal Enclosure this year, many of us long for the return of … [Read more...] about Mrs. Beeton: The Original Domestic Goddess
As I mentioned in a previous post dedicated to Mrs. Beeton, the original domestic goddess of the 20th century, her book The Book of Household Management was a helpful source for developing the dinner scenes for the popular Downton Abbey series. This was a popular cookery … [Read more...] about Entertain with Style Serving Wine Jelly
Our love of Downton Abbey is fueled by the dirty little secrets our favorite characters keep from one another. Come to think of it, viewers also have little skeletons stashed away. Sure, we proudly claim our love for the show, flaunt the viewing parties, but are less forthcoming … [Read more...] about Downton Abbey Confessional: What Happens in the Kitchen Stays There
The moment that so many PBS viewers have been waiting for is coming this Sunday: the Christmas Episode. If you still haven't taken down your Christmas decorations, this is your one last chance (seriously, take them down) to be in fashion.I was in my kitchen yesterday working on … [Read more...] about Hosting a Downton Abbey Viewing Party? What About the (Eton) Mess?