Even though barbecue sauce is probably one of the most popular sauces, we uses sauces and gravies for a lot of things.  This article is an accumulation of some of my old fashion sauce recipes for a wide variety of uses.  This is no method to this article.  It is just a list of some of my favorite sauces including one for Easy Turkey Gravy.  The other two recipes are from many, many years ago when I was a child.  They are definitely vintage recipes since I am well into my sixties!

One of my hardest things to get right of a turkey meal was the gravy.  For awhile I just gave up and bought canned.  Finally I came up with this which has worked well over the years.

Drippings from baked turkey
1 1/2 cups canned chicken broth
2 tbsp flour
1/2 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

Pour the turkey drippings into a small saucepan; add the chicken broth. 

Stir the water into the flour until smooth; stir into the drippings mixture.  Cook until thickened while stirring constantly.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Yield: About 2 cups

This is another recipe from my childhood. It is good over ice cream, apple or other fruit dumplings, etc.

3/4 cup honey
2 tbsp cornstarch
dash of salt
3/4 cup water
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, optional

In a small saucepan combine the honey, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in the water and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add the butter, vanilla, and ground cinnamon, if using.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups.

This is the recipe an old local family-owned restaurant in my childhood hometown used for their coney sauce. When I visited a couple of years ago, the restaurant had closed. I was saddened to see it go. I am in my 60s and remember hearing the story of how I grabbed my mother's vanilla coke when I was a baby and dumped it in her lap at said restaurant well over sixty years ago!  The soy sauce in this recipe reminds of the the soybean fields of my childhood.  Not only was Southern Indiana corn country, it was also soybean country.  And I lived right in the middle of the corn and soybean fields.

hamburger meat (desired amount)
lots of finely chopped celery and onion
Brown the above together and add several dashes of soy sauce, 2 pinches of sugar, and 1 can of tomato soup, undiluted.

Simmer mixture for at least 30 minutes Stir often to keep from burning. This mixture freezes well.