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how to use thanksgiving leftovers

how to use your thanksgiving leftovers

Let’s be real. Thanksgiving is all about the leftovers. You see my sister makes these amazing turkey sandwiches. Her secret is, she puts an extra slice of gravy soaked bread in the middle. I call it the Moist Maker. Raise your hand if you really wanted to soak a piece of bread in leftover gravy to put in the middle of your leftover turkey sandwich after hearing about Ross’s sandwich on Friends. It must have been good, because he freaked out when someone else ate it. That sandwich was the only good thing going on in his life. And, as I’m nearing 30 myself, I can kind of understand where he’s coming from. That must have been one helluva sandwich. For the first Thanksgiving I ever hosted, all on my own, I bought my turkey just a few days before Thanksgiving. There wasn’t much of a selection left at the grocery. I ended up with a huge turkey. I think it was at least 20 pounds. (We had 7 people over for dinner.) We had …

sweet potato and hard apple cider chicken pot pies

It’s the season for serious comfort food. I may have gone on a little bit of a pie bender after introducing you to how I make gluten-free pie crust. Sweet or savory, the options are really limitless! These little cuties. They’re bowls of savory, comforting warmth full of seasonal goodness. Sweet potatoes and granny smith apples enhanced with the crisp, refreshing flavor of cider. They’re hearty, but not heavy — partly because they don’t have crust on the bottom. These are time-saving pot pies. I like making individual pot pies because they’re cute, and leftovers are more convenient for carrying to work, but this recipe would be just as good in a savory galette or a single large pot pie. Autumn has finally arrived here, in full force, with cooler temperatures and rain. I was driving through downtown the other day and watched men climbing trees to hang Christmas lights, and noticed that most of the trees still have their leaves. I was grateful to still see so much foliage. It’s totally sweater weather, but …

winter vegetable poached whole chicken

There is something really special, sacred even, about Sundays. Whether you consider it the first or last day of your week, Sunday is a beautiful in-between moment to shake off the days before while preparing for and breathing life into the the ahead. Growing up, Sundays were for Mom’s slow cooked pot roast invigorating the entire house with its warm, hearty and comforting scent. In the fall and winter months, Sunday was also for Dad’s chili, his secret-sauce garlic buttered bread, and football. Sundays were also for homework, tackling loads of laundry, chores and even working. Over the last few years, I’ve tried to slow down on Sundays. Relax, reset, and soak up the time. While slowing down and savoring, I also try to prepare for the week ahead. I started a new almost-weekly tradition of roasting a whole chicken and throwing the bones together with vegetables to make broth or stock that would sustain us through the week with soups, stews, or even for sipping as a gentle breakfast. I have this rule. I …