Goodbye from the Gravy Girl


First of all, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for reading this site. It has been a fun experience for me to write and share recipes. But alas, I am moving on. The Gravy Company will close up shop July 2019. This should give you enough time to print your favorite recipes.

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My husband and I have retired and moved to the woods. It has been a dream of ours for a long time. Both of us were raised in big cities. Growing up, we each spent lots of our time outdoors in the woods, lakes, mountains, and/or the desert. We grew up, met, married, and raised a family in the big city. Our love of the outdoors never left us.

We found our little cabin in the woods three years ago. Each weekend spent there made us fall more in love with the cabin and where it was located. We started rehabbing immediately and are still applying the finishing touches to the place. We loved it so much that we decided to live here full time after retirement.

Because there is so much to do, I have decided to give up the Gravy Company and pursue other things. I volunteer at a food bank/thrift store in our new community. I have learned to make jelly from the grapes growing on our property. We have been kayaking along the shoreline of beautiful Truman Lake and we are exploring Missouri. All the things we did not have the time for, before retirement.

I will keep Kansas City Gravy Company on Facebook. I will add things once in a while. Who knows, maybe I will get energetic and get a cookbook written…it could happen!  Again, many thanks to all of my readers. It was a fun run.

Love and mashed potatoes,

Gravy Girl (aka Darnell Rowden)


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It’s Pumpkin Time



Fall is my favorite season. The heat and humidity of Summer are gone and the words “Winter is coming” keep popping up in my head. Anything with cinnamon in it seems to be my spice of choice. All I want to do is bake. Pumpkin Bread is my go to quick bread for the season.

My father-in-law was famous for his Pumpkin Bread. He made it all year round. I asked him for the recipe and he told me it was on the can of pumpkin. Simple as that!

I could not leave well enough alone. I had to tweak the recipe just a bit to suit my taste. I juggled the spices a bit and added golden raisins that have been plumped in water. Easy as that.

Pumpkin Bread

Dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, mixed well:

3 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

3 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons table salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Wet ingredients in a medium bowl, mixed well:

1 cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs

2/3 cup water

1 15-16 ounce can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

optional: 1 cup of plumped golden raisins and/or 1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray three 9″ x 5″ bread pans.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Stir in the optional raisins and nuts. Pour equal amounts of batter into the prepared bread pans. Bake for 60 minutes. A toothpick will come out clean when the bread is done. Start checking every 5 minutes after baking for 45 minutes,

Cool on rack for 10 minutes then remove from pans to cool. Bread must be completely cooled before wrapping.

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A Sparkler for New Year’s…


Just in time for New Year’s Eve night or New Year’s Day brunch or just a nice little something special, a sparkling wine from France. Cafe de Paris Sparkling Wine. It comes in two flavors: Pomegranate and Pear. Both are delicious. You know, since it is NOT from the Champagne region in France, it CANNOT be called Champagne. However, we call it champagne here at the Gravy Company. (did you notice the lower case C?) It’s all champagne to me!

The Gravy Guy, assorted neighbors, and I attend the monthly wine tasting at our local Hy- Vee. It is a wonderful thing. This was one of the sparklers we tried. Hello lover! I have a new favorite bubbly. This could, and I’m not saying it would, replace a Mimosa on any given Sunday brunch. It is also served regularly at The Little Cabin in the Woods.

cabin-champagneI especially love the fish stopper. Only the best at The Little Cabin in the Woods.

It is a sweet sparkler, but not cloyingly sweet. I love that word and have read the word more than I have ever used it. Cloying….cloyingly……great words! Everyone loves this little bottle of bubbles. Perfect, even for the grandmas, great aunties, and those who do not drink wine. <gasp>

The touch of pomegranate or the touch of pear lends itself well to offset the sweetness. Serve it well chilled. The best part…it is in the ten dollar range.  The alcohol content is 10%. The bottle is quite pretty and it would make a great host/hostess gift. Cheers!

pear-sparkling-wineThis is a picture of the Pear flavor. It is so good!

From the Gravy Guy and I, have a safe and Happy New Year!


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