Tupperware wasteland or creative chef toolbox?
If you’re a foodie like me, it’s hard to stomach the idea of leftovers. Instead of looking at your fridge as a Tupperware wasteland, look at it as an opportunity to explore your creative potential. Christmas leftovers offer a BEVY of options for next day meals.
I'm using the leftovers for soup and curried turkey salad
Don’t trash the turkey CARCASS… it’s a REPOSITORY of great flavor. Two simple ingredients, water and leftover bones and CARTILAGE, are a great place to start your “leftover Christmas turkey soup.”
Hot soup and warm bread is a match made in heaven
“Leftover Christmas Turkey Soup” Recipe:
- 3 cups chopped, leftover vegetables (carrots, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, green beans, sweet potatoes)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 quarts turkey or vegetable broth
- leftover turkey carcass and bones
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup minced parsley
- Optional: 2 cups dry noodles, broken into small pieces
- Remove all turkey meat from the carcass and bones, shred
- Sauté onion in olive oil in a large soup pot
- Fill the pot with broth
- Add turkey carcass and bones, simmer on low heat for 20 minutes
- Remove carcass and bones from broth
- Add turkey meat to pot
- Add 3 cups leftover vegetables
- Optional: add 2 cups noodles
- Simmer until the pasta is cooked, about 12 minutes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Garnish with parsley
You may have to brave the cold to get some of this bread
Warm ARTISANAL bread is the perfect vehicle for sopping up the soup. Not in the mood for next day soup? Freeze it for a cold winter day when you’re too lazy to cook.
- BEVY = group
- CARCASS = remains
- REPOSITORY = storehouse
- CARTILAGE = flexible connective tissue
- ARTISANAL = artistic
Place 24 oz of frozen mixed berries into a bowl
Measure 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Add dry ingredients and lemon juice and stir
In a food processor, combine 1tsp cinnamon, 3/4 cup oats, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, and 7tbsp diced, cold butter
This Williams-Sonoma fluted tart pan was one of my Hanukkah gifts
Distribute the fruit mixture into 6 pans and evenly spoon crumble topping on each. Bake for 45 minutes at 425 Fahrenheit.
Spoon each fruit crumble into a bowl and serve with vanilla ice cream
Have a CONVIVIAL, MIRTHFUL, GLEEFUL, JOCUND, and very MERRY Christmas!
CONVIVIAL = cheerful
MIRTHFUL = high-spirited
GLEEFUL = happy
JOCUND = jolly
MERRY = convivial, mirthful, gleeful, jocund
Charis and Jennie
You survived Thanksgiving, but Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Festivus are coming up, so there may be a food coma in your future. In my house, the TORPOR that hits you after eating a big meal is known as a “post-prandial alkaline tide.” Growing up, I had to listen to that kind of dinner REPARTEE because both of my parents are doctors.
Exactly why you need a nap after eating a large meal, especially if it’s fatty, is not clear to scientists, but there are some things you can do to prevent or MITIGATE this effect:
- chew your food thoroughly (chewing helps digestion)
- eat small portions of food
- choose less fats and carbs, more veggies
- don’t rush through the meal
- exercise before and after the meal
Consider breaking up the REPAST with a walk before the dessert course. PERAMBULATE to avoid becoming SOMNOLENT.
TORPOR = lethargy
REPARTEE = conversation
MITIGATE = lessen
REPAST = meal
PERAMBULATE = walk
SOMNOLENT = sleepy
Order “Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T.” for great cooking, great words, and fun facts.