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Cathy Walton-Smith: Thanksgiving cooking tip: Perfect gravy every time

Cathy Walton-Smith
View from the Lake
Grand Lake, Colorado

“May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump, may your potatoes ‘n gravy have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize, may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs.”

The trick to lump-free gravy ” make sure there is no water in your turkey drippings. Boil the heck out of the drippings until it stops sizzling and you know there is no water.

Take off the heat and mix with an equal amount of flour (usually 1/4-1/2 cup) making sure the flour soaks up the grease. Put it back on the heat and stir in cold water a little at a time, always stirring. Bring to a boil and add water until it’s the right thickness.

Add salt and pepper. Perfect gravy every time.

This weekend starts the Grand Lake Olde Fashioned Christmas season. Plan to attend the Craft Bazaar on Friday and Saturday at the grade school. The Bazaar will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and it sounds like there will be some good stuff for sale ” much of it being donated to the Arts Council, which is within weeks of opening the Grand Art Center to the public. Be sure and notice the nice new entrances and landscaping along Park Avenue.

Tickets will also be on sale for the holiday melodrama,”Stop That Villain” . . . or “Have You No Shame Rip Roquefort?” at the craft bazaar. You can also get tickets at Never Summer Mountain Products in Grand Lake and at the Granby Mini-Mart (gas and bus station) and Elk Horn Gallery in Winter Park. Show dates are Dec. 26 to 31. Adults – $15 each, kids under 12 are $8.

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The Kauffman House Museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. See the Chistmas decorations, including more than 100 angels throughout the museum. Refreshments will be available in the gallery, along with some special music provided by an 1870 Polyphone. Admission is by donation, as usual. The great decorations should put us all in the mood for the holidays.

You can still get tickets for the Independent Sports Club Holiday Gala to be held at Caroline’s Cuisine this Saturday. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. with a full buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Dance to the music of 3rd Time Luck and bid on both silent and live auctions items or win a door prize. The cost is $50 per person and tickets are available at all Grand Mountain Bank locations or by calling Dee at (970) 627-5078 or Laura at (970) 887-1282. Black tie is optional.

Juniper Library Adult Programs continue through December. This Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m., join Armchair Travelers for China Revisited – 2008. “Travel” to China for free with local residents and world travelers, Bob and Kathy Means. See the new China of today, with phenomenal changes that have taken place over the past two decades. See the riverboat ride on the Li River through the famous Karst Hills. Revisit the Great Wall, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing. Get a peek at several shows, including the renowned Shanghai Acrobats. Free. Light refreshments will be served.

The new art organization “Art Out of Thin Air” will hold its next meeting at Seven Trails Grille at the base of the Sol Vista Ski area Dec. 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. They’ll be talking about upcoming shows and a few things they have in mind for the future of the coalition.  

The last Grand Lake date for learning to craft jewelry with silver clay with Patty Alander, is Dec. 9 and 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Mountain Bank. There is one last class in Fraser on Dec. 10 and 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Each two-day class costs $95 all materials are included. Please call Fraser Rec. at (970) 726-8968 to register.

Earlier this week, I just happened to switch on Channel 9 News, and there was our friend Carla Booth talking to Mark Koebrich. I was amazed as she explained the art of actually taking photos of snowflakes, which she catches on feathers and other cool background material before snapping her shots. The first time I saw Carla’s amazing photos, I thought they were fake. But she assured me that each one falls from the sky, right before it is captured on film. You can check out her work at

realsnowflakephotograpy.com or stop by the Grand Lake Art Gallery.

Next up, bring out the kids for Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 13, 8 to 11 a.m. at the Bears Den. Celebrate holiday fun with prizes, a delicious family breakfast, photo opportunity with Santa himself, and more. The Grand Lake Fire Dept. will pick Santa up at 11 a.m. for fire engine rides around town. Breakfast is $10 – adult and $5 – child, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Grand Arts Council. Call (970) 627-3385 to reserve your table.

Happy eating to all – pass the cranberries, please.

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