My father was a great storyteller. He was also a very funny man. He loved making people laugh. Dinner time at the Nott house was always a fun event. All meals were at the kitchen table. We kids took turns setting the table and helping mom prepare the meal. After putting in a full day of work, Pop would sit at the head of the table. Every night we’d sit there and wait for Pop to say those famous five words, “Heard any good jokes lately?” We’d all laugh and Pop would always start off with a funny story about what happened that day. Soon, all of us would take turns telling jokes. It was our way of opening up and sharing. After about 5 minutes, Mom would announce that joke time was over and we’d bow our heads for grace.
I’ll never forget when I was in Brownies and Ellen, our minister’s daughter invited me to her house for dinner. Mom said it was okay and just to be on my best behavior. When I arrived, Ellen showed me the dining room, where the table was set. Rev. Grosvenor was seated at the head of the table and I took a seat right by him. It reminded me of dinner at my house and I was immediately put at ease. Then, we all held hands and the Reverend looked at me and said, “Jeannie, since you are our guest tonight, will you do the honors?” “Of course,” I said, feeling just like I was at home. I looked around the table at everyone, took a deep breath, and said, “Heard any good jokes lately?”
For this recipe I adjusted the gravy recipe to use chicken stock instead of the water and bouillon cubes which I don’t have on hand. Here’s how my version went.
-In the same pan that the meatballs were cooked melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the onion powder and lightly sprinkle the flour over the butter. Use a whisk to combine ingredients.
-Mixture will become paste like. Make sure you scrap up the browned bits off the bottom of the pan as you gradually add in the chicken stock whisking while doing so. (You can use a wooden spoon to get the browned bits.