Things to be thankful for: rolls and white sauce

Remember when I said I had an addiction to anything spinach? I might also be addicted to something else: kitchen supply stores.

A friend recently told me she was going to hold an intervention after we were in Fargo shopping and I just could not make myself leave Creative Kitchen. Let’s be honest – I need one of at least everything! OK, maybe not ‘need’ so much as ‘want.’ I may need a bigger kitchen someday.

But we are not just here to talk about my addictions. Let’s talk about November. November is one of my favorite months, and not just because it’s when I have my birthday, though that does help. I love it because it’s time to prepare for the holiday season. I’m not just talking shopping for gifts or decorating. I am talking about the food, of course! I have dedicated weekends – yes, weekends – for baking and cooking.

I love to make bread and rolls, some with the help of a bread maker and a lot from scratch. A few months ago, I found a great dinner roll recipe when looking for new recipes to use with my bread maker. I plan on making plenty of these for Thanksgiving, because you can’t just have one of these dinner rolls.

What comes with all this baking and cooking, though? Leftovers. Ever wonder what to do with that leftover turkey you have? I think I have just the recipe for you! Medium White Sauce. This is a delicious sauce that you serve with rice.

Chop up some turkey (or chicken), mix it all together, and you have an easy to prepare meal. Added bonus? You can also turn it into a yummy cheese sauce! I suggest doubling or tripling the recipe to have enough sauce to mix with the rice. (Thanks to my mother-in-law for giving me this recipe).

Enjoy the rolls and white sauce recipes. I know I do!

Medium White Sauce

Melt 2 tablespoons butter or margarine in a bigger bowl in the microwave. Blend in 1/2 teaspoon and 2 tablespoons flour.

Stir in 1 cup milk.

Heat 2 to 3 minutes in microwave, stir and heat some more until sauce is thick.

Add cubed cooked Turkey or Chicken. Season with celery salt and onion powder and serve over cooked rice. (Double or triple for better amount).

For cheese sauce: Omit celery and onion salt and add American or Velveeta cheese before continuing to heat in the microwave. Add cheese to individual taste.

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Ingredients:

1 cup water

2 tablespoons butter (unsalted), softened

1 egg

2 cups Bread Flour

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Instructions:

Measure carefully, placing all ingredients in the bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.

Select Dough/Manual cycle. Do not use Delay Cycle.

Remove dough from pan, using lightly floured hands; place on lightly floured surface. Cover dough and let rest 10 minutes.

Grease the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch pan with shortening or cooking spray. Divide dough into 15 equal pieces.

Shape each piece into a ball; place in pan. Brush with melted butter. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place about 30 minutes or until double in size. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.

Heat oven to 375°. Uncover rolls; bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm, or cool on a cooling rack.

Reach Jessica at jessicahoner@hotmail.com.

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