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GIVE THEM FOOD...and other ways to cope with life

Nov. 27, 2009 7:57 pm 
Updated: Dec. 2, 2009 11:45 pm
I'm sure Thanksgiving in your house was similar to mine...we laughed, we cried, we ate way too much and rolled ourselves from the table over to the couch where we remained for hours!  There was some mention of playing a game but that soon dissolved as my two college kids found it necessary to catch up on some much needed sleep right after dinner...Dad, Mom and the other kid soon was a sad sight.   We laughed because it was just good to be together and because my oldest son has the most bizzar sense of humor.  We cried because I served Banana Cream Pie and that was my Dad's favorite....he passed away October 24th.  We ate too much because this was my menu: 


Turkey with Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and Pan Gravy
Ham with Mrs. Potts Peach Sauce
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Almond Green Beans and Oven Roasted Carrots
Cinammon Applesauce Jellied Salad
Edame and Black Bean Salad
Risotto with Carmelized Onions
Sister Sue's Pumpkin Pie
Banana Cream Pie

Oh, my gosh, what was I thinking...there were only 5 of us!  Well, leftovers for the week!  Which brings me to my blog title....Solutions for Dry Leftover Turkey.   Turkey leftovers are often dry so the perfect solution is to smother them in a wonderful sauce and serve with rice.  I know a very sweet lady who is at least 90 years old and has lived on the same farm in small town  Canada since she married her high school sweetheart years and years ago.  Her daughter and I met in college and have remained close friends ever since.  In fact our daughters are also best friends!  Mrs. Potts is a wonderful cook and I have enjoyed many great meals at the farm.  She was sweet enough one Easter to share this recipe for Peach's fabulous!

Dry Turkey Solution #1


1 Cup Sugar
2 TBSP cornstarch
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp paprika
**mix all that together and add....
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 slightly beaten egg yolks
1 large 29oz tin peaches in syrup drained

**heat all  in saucepan on stove over med high heat until it thickens a little

**I have used balsamic vinegar which is also good but makes your sauce brown.

Serve this over your leftover turkey with some rice and it will be heavenly!  This sauce is good with ham also...or guzzled right out of the pot.....your choice.

Solution #2

1 Cup or more Picante sauce
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregeno
4 big handfuls of leftover turkey chopped
1 cup or more of shredded cheddar cheese
2 green onions  chopped

6 soft 8" tortillas

Mix all of the stuffing inredients together...making sure it is nice and moist...adding picante sauce as needed.  Place stuffing onto tortillas, roll up, closing up the sides before finishing up the roll.  Place seam down in a greased shallow baking dish and brush with melted butter.
Bake 400 degrees for 25 minutes until crispy golden  brown

Enjoy your leftovers and the remainder of your Thanksgiving break!

Nov. 27, 2009 8:34 pm
Sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving feast with a wonderful family to share it. So glad you and the family had the pie to remember your dad! My Thanksgiving was filled with family and great family favorite recipes. All I hope it would be be. Now the exercising begins! I ate way too much!!
Nov. 27, 2009 8:56 pm
No wonder they all fell asleep - they were comatose with food! What a lucky family to have so many good things to eat! Our parents have been gone a few years now, so the hurt is different. It is more melancholic. It seems the more I talk about past holidays and how they related to my parents, the more my daughters feel connected to those who passed away when they were very small. Each bowl and recipe develops meaning. None of us made my mom's "mock cherry pie" this Thanksgiving. My brothers and sister and my husband and I love it. It is essentially ground cranberries and raisens and lots of sugar in a regular 2 crust pie. It is tart and sweet, and tastes very much like craisens. I would have loved a sliver of it, but I can't have that much sugar. It is even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top - I'm lactose intollerant too. My brother just had heart surgery, my sister is watching her sugars, so we had a five layer jello 12" jello mold made with fruit and diet jello. My sister made a pumpkin chiffon pie with a gelatin base and a gingersnap crust. I'm sure she used splenda brown sugar in it. It was good. My niece, who grew up in apple country in upperstate New York, made her familiy's favorite apple pie, and my daughter made brownies and cookies. Yes, we had a lot of desserts, but there were 19 of us, including four teenagers. Because the rain held off, and because we were on Cape Cod, we all went for a long walk after the meal, before dessert. Well, after they managed to unlock my nephew's car. His dog knocked his car keys on the floor and then stepped on the door lock. Luckily, his sunroof was open a crack. It took them at least 1/2 and hour to fish the keys out. We had all these scientists, engineers, firemen, EMT'S trying to figure out how to reach the keys. It took the hostess, a nurse, to devise a tool out of a coat hanger and a push broom handle taped together with duct tape. The dog was grateful.(or should I say thankful).
Nov. 28, 2009 9:17 am
Good Morning Coco! I am glad to hear all is well in your house:) I had a small turkey,12lbs and made a turkey soup yesterday that was pretty good. I threw in the gravy as well. Why not? I wish I had made the applesauce salad instead. I made the cranberry/orange relish w/ Grand Marnier and it tanked! I made it like it said and was hoping it would get eaten by someone, but no.:( It wasn't the recipes fault. Maybe I should not have used the Splenda.HHMM I am hungry, Gotta go. Have a great weekend Sweety!!Patty
Nov. 28, 2009 1:50 pm glad you are having a great time with family and friends. Remember to stash some pop tarts in your suitcase for the trip home! And..whatever happened to Tessie???....
Nov. 28, 2009 1:55 pm
Daisyland...sounds like you had an eventful holiday! I absolutely fell in love with Cape Cod when we visited 2 summers ago. We saw Martha's Vineyard but never made it over to time. What I remember the most is how the sky and water looked so much like northern Canada..true blue...and the hydrangeas everywhere..beautiful! I could live there....Cooking with diet restrictions is annoying but expands our creativity! I recently found out a have a whole slue of food allergies and I am trying to get my mind around how this is going to impact my cooking. I have been dabbling in vegan cooking lately and think I'll start experimenting a little more since dairy and meat are on my list of allergens. Off we go into new horizons!
Nov. 28, 2009 2:00 pm
Patty Cakes...happy day to you dear! Yeah, I did make the applesauce salad that you had really was good but it wasn't until the next day that it firmed up more and the kids attempted it...they put whipping cream on it and ate it as dessert! I really liked it but think I will make only 1/2 that recipe. I think my lunch group will like it....I'm impressed that you have your leftovers made into soup already! This year I promptly froze the carcass because I am famous for leaving it in the fridge with good intentions to make soup and not getting to it in time!
Nov. 28, 2009 8:34 pm
cocojo, Tasty Tessie went back to the farm! We just couldn't get her fat enough to eat and neither one of us could put the axe to her skinny old neck anyway. I'm sure you prayed for her to have a long life :o)
Nov. 29, 2009 4:11 am
Yes I did Argentina! In fact I believe there was a quiet petition on the AR blogs to SAVE TESSIE....
Dec. 1, 2009 6:14 am
cocojo, I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing. We also were grieving this holiday--we were at my husband's funeral Wednesday and I decided Wednesday night to throw together some kind of dinner in case Gram wanted to come. Nothing fancy, but my brother-in-law and husband appreciated it. I have a son (age 4) who also has multiple food allergies, including spices! It is difficult to cook for him, and he's a picky one to boot (like my husband and 7 year-old son as well). I'm interested in how you get around allergies in your cooking. Will you be writing about it in your blog? Thanks.
Dec. 1, 2009 10:59 am
Cat, I am so sorry for your loss...particularly hard when this happens around a holiday. I have had fibromyalgia for the last 10 years and with that comes food sensitivities. My son had dairy and egg allergies growing up so I learned to adapt in my cooking, and that is what I intend to do now. It may mean that I train myself more into the vegetarian and vegan line since I have sensitivities to all meat except fish! I have been dabbling around for 2 years in these fields and have learned alot. It helps if you live in an area that has access to fresh produce and allergy free products such as gluten free things etc. Initially, being a chef, I was pretty bummed out but I realize that I just have to change my thinking and buying and this will work. Above all I want to get my energy back. For example, I have been having a healthy breakfast everyday for months of oatmeal, raisins and walnuts...thinking this was doing good for me, only to find out that I am allergic to oats and sensitive to raisins and walnuts!! So I have altered my menu now to Buckwheat cereal,and bananas....where there's a will there's a way! I think more people than we know are walking around allergic to all kinds of things...we have gotten so far away from what is natural and some of our bodies just don't like the invasion. No doubt I will be writing about this soon in my blog and it can't help but be reflected in my cooking since I have to eat! I am not in control of the menus I teach at the cooking school, so it will be hard to smell all of that great food!! I'll try to include some resources for allergy free cooking as I come across them. Good luck with your son's allergies..I know when they're young it's a pain. My son can now tolerate some dairy and eggs but I still think it's just not what his body wants. He's in college...he eats pizza!
Dec. 1, 2009 11:54 am
That peach sauce looks AMAZING! I can't wait to dry out some turkey just so I have an excuse to make it :)
Dec. 1, 2009 6:15 pm
yum!! you make many people happy :)
Dec. 1, 2009 10:24 pm
Thank you for Mrs. Potts Peach Sauce, it looks like a life saver. I am wallowing in leftover turkey and am delighted to have found your website! Keep up the good work!
Dec. 2, 2009 6:27 am
MmMMM I want to try that Peach Sauce .SOON~~!!Also I'm a new member could you please post edame bean salad Thanks Patin Lorain OH
Dec. 2, 2009 9:21 pm's good on ham too!....Pat...welcome to my blog, you can find that salad on the AR recipe search under Healthy Garden's a makes a large recipe just so you know....thanks for dropping in everyone!
Dec. 2, 2009 11:45 pm
Pot guzzling sounds fun!
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