As I said, I made a quick and sleazy cream sauce yesterday - well, a cream sauce that featured no cream, nor even half and half, but was still tasty. It was almost entirely made with storage foods. Time to share the recipe!
3 tbs butter
2 tbs all purpose flour
1 12 oz can evaporated milk (I used evaporated skim, it would have been better with evap. whole)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
dash or two or three of hot sauce
a nice slug of dry sherry (I had to use extra dry vermouth, as I'm out of sherry)
1 small can mushrooms (if you want to make it a mushroom cream sauce)
Melt butter in saucepan, let the foaming come to an end. Add flour, cook for a few minutes to cook the butter. Slowly add the can of evaporated milk, stirring well and constantly - use a whisk if possible! Add the other ingredients. Simmer for a minute or two, adding more of any of the seasonings to taste. I added more salt and nutmeg this time, for the dish I was making.
That's it. Easy peasy.