Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays! For me, it is a time filled with family, friends, and heart-felt gratitude. . . especially for my grandma’s home-made gravy! 😉 Without this delectable ingredient, Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be complete.

While working in events I have found that a table linen often serves as the perfect key ingredient to complete a visual ensemble. Take this Peony Harvest linen, for example; doesn’t it just embody Thanksgiving? I think I’m ready for some gravy!

Here are some more inspirations to get the tummy rumbling:

Organza Leaf

And just for a little extra treat. . . here is grandma’s amazing gravy recipe (when I asked her for it, she said she’s never written it down before, so this is a first!):

Ingredients: 1/3 cup flour, 1 cup water, 4 cups turkey drippings, 1 tablespoon Kitchen Bouquet, 1-2 Telma Chicken Consomme Cubes (if needed), salt & pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:
~While turkey is cooking, prepare the following gravy thickening in a glass jar: slowly add 1/3 cup flour to 1 cup cold water, stirring vigorously with wire whisk. (*Grandma’s tip: always add flour to water, never the reverse!). Fasten lid on jar and shake to smooth out any lumps.
~When turkey is done, pour 4 cups drippings into a 3-quart saucepan. (If all of the drippings do not add up to this amount, use Swanson All Natural Chicken Broth). Bring to a rolling boil and slowly add thickening, stirring with whisk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 1-2 tablespoons of Kitchen Bouquet for flavoring and color. The taste of the drippings varies from turkey to turkey, so if you need more flavor add 1-2 Telma Chicken Consomme cubes mashed into fine powder. Reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. If the gravy is thicker than you like, add water to create desired consistency.

🙂 I hope it’s as delicious as it will be when my grandma cooks it this Thanksgiving! Next recipe to come: Vegetarian Gravy, yay! And of course, more gorgeous linens to spice up your holiday festivities!

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Working with pretty things certainly has its perks, but times do come when we have to let some of our beloved go! La Tavola is officially saying “adieu” to the following linens:

Confetti White with Black Swirl

Confetti Black with White Swirl

Moonstone White

Moonstone Linen

Moonstone Onyx

So why we are letting go of these classy eye-catchers? The truth is that La Tavola has a very high standard of quality and, after washing, these guys just don’t hold up properly! For example, when we find that the white taffeta in the Confetti White with Swirl turns grayish or that the rhinestones on the Moonstone fabrics start to fall off, it is time to let go.

As you know, we introduce new linens to our collections every year, so out with the old. . . and in with the new! We’ll let you know what’s in store for 2010!
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