America Ferrera FaceTimed Her ‘Sisters’ After Her Barbie Oscar Nomination

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As foretold by Blake Lively, America Ferrera has now become an official Oscar nominee. Ferrera secured a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her impactful portrayal of Gloria in the Barbie movie, a role that notably included a powerful feminist monologue, stirring tears and sparking discussions.

America Ferrera’s Oscar Nomination

After the exciting announcement, Ferrera shared a joyous FaceTime call with some of her “sisters,” AKA former co-stars Alexis Bledel, Amber Tamblyn, and, of course, Blake Lively from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Ferrera shared a post on Instagram where she included a reenactment of the moment she learned about her first Oscar nomination, a revelation that happened while her husband, Ryan Piers Williams (who also portrayed her husband in the Barbie movie), was busy taking their children to school.

A Pink-Clad Celebration

It wasn’t the first time that The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants crew has gathered to celebrate America Ferrera’s remarkable roles. Back in December, Tamblyn, Bledel, and Lively adorned themselves in pink for a SAG-AFTRA screening of Barbie in New York City.

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While Ferrera and Ryan Gosling shared their disappointment over Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie’s snubs, Ferrera’s accomplishment is undoubtedly a reason for joy.

Anticipating the Third Installment

Blake Lively later took to Instagram to rave about Ferrera’s performance, describing her as “the heart and soul” of the Barbie movie. Lively, who has known Ferrera for 20 years, acknowledged her friend’s journey and praised her authenticity on and off the screen. Continuing her tribute, Lively expressed her anticipation for Ferrera to receive awards for her outstanding work.

Fans are all eagerly anticipating a third installment of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, especially as we approach the 20th anniversary of the original film in 2025. It’s been eight years since Ferrera mentioned in 2016 that the project was “definitely in the works,” even though it hadn’t received the official green light at that time.

How to Make Perfect Gravy From Turkey Drippings

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Sure, Thanksgiving is behind us, but plenty of people also enjoy turkey with their Christmas dinner, and turkey is nothing without a great gravy, which you can make using turkey drippings. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it will take any dinner with turkey up a notch.

What You’ll Need

This recipe doesn’t require many ingredients and is super easy to make. Here’s how to make this flavorful, game-changing sauce.

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  • 4 cups of turkey broth, chicken broth, water, or a combination of broth and water
  • 1/4 cup of reserved turkey fat
  • 1/2 cup of water, vino, turkey stock, or chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: freshly chopped sage, a pinch of cloves, a sprinkle of thyme, or a touch of mace

How to Make It

Making homemade gravy is a lot easier than you think. Just follow these steps and it will come out perfectly every time.

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  1. Heat 4 cups of your broth of choice, but make sure it doesn’t boil. It will be just the base of the gravy sauce, and you’ll need to add the turkey drippings later.
  2. For the turkey drippings, place your cooked turkey onto a cutting board. Remove as much grease or fat as you can and reserve ¼ cup of fat.
  3. Place the roasting pan on the stove on medium heat. Then, add ½ cup of liquid. Keep on stirring and scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits. Then, pour the liquid into a measuring cup or the turkey broth.
  4. Add the reserved fat to a saucepan over medium heat and whisk in ¼ cup of all-purpose flour. Stir constantly until you get a smooth texture in a golden color.
  5. Add the hot turkey broth and drippings and let them simmer over medium heat. Stir until thickened.
  6. It’s time to season the gravy to taste with salt and pepper. Then, put the sauce into a serving bowl and add some freshly chopped sage on top. Other herbs that would go well with gravy are cloves, thyme, and mace.

How to Avoid Lumps

When making gravy, sometimes you may get lumps in the sauce. What you can do is cook together equal parts of flour and fat like clarified butter, vegetable oil, or grease. About ½ cup of roux will thicken approximately 4 cups of gravy.

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You can use any type of liquid to make the roux. It includes the broth or drippings from beef, pork, or chicken. If you’re cooking a turkey anyway, you can use the drippings from the roasting pan and turkey broth. Also, don’t forget the mashed potatoes, another staple of any Thanksgiving dinner.