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Leftover Christmas Turkey Soup

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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.

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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.”

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Hot soup and warm bread is a match made in heaven

“Leftover Christmas Turkey Soup” Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 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

Prep:

  • 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
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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.

Bon Appetit!

Charis

  • BEVY = group
  • CARCASS = remains
  • REPOSITORY = storehouse
  • CARTILAGE = flexible connective tissue
  • ARTISANAL = artistic

 

Chicken Soup Cooking Disaster

You never know when disaster will strike in the kitchen.

I’m finally home for a much needed 2 week break from school. My Mom asked me to make some chicken soup to warm us up. We shopped for ingredients at the health food store. Choate doesn’t offer organic food so this was a treat. So far, so good.

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Organic chicken soup

My Mom and I were catching up as I was cooking, which RETROSPECTIVELY was unfortunate.

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This jar was full when I started cooking the chicken soup

I was adding spices to the soup and reached for the red chili flakes. I meant to lightly sprinkle some flakes over the chicken, but accidentally flipped up the large opening of the pepper container and dumped about a half cup into the pot. I quickly tried to spoon out as much of it as possible, but it was too late. I tasted the soup to CONFIRM what I already knew: it was INEDIBLE.

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Pour chicken broth into ice cube trays and freeze for future use

My Mom’s friend Julie was over and she had a great suggestion: pour half of the broth into ice cube trays, and freeze it into “boullion” cubes for future use. Take the other half of the soup and dilute it with organic vegetable broth. Thanks to Julie’s quick thinking, I pulled a save.

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Use leftover chicken to make curried chicken salad

MORAL of the story: Get creative to SALVAGE a cooking “disaster.”

SIMPLE CHICKEN SOUP RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium chicken, pre-roasted
  • 1/4 box of linguini
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 turnip
  • 1 large bunch  parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes (Careful!)
  • 2 (16 oz) boxes organic vegetable broth
  • water

Prep:

  • Chop the celery, carrots, pepper, onion and turnip into medium size chunks
  • Break up the linguini into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • Shred the parsley
  • Shred the chicken with your fingers

Cook:

  • Fill a large pot with the vegetable broth
  • Add water to fill the pot to 3/4 of the way up
  • Add all seasonings, linguini and chopped vegetables
  • Cook for 40 minutes on high
  • Reduce heat to low and add the chicken and parsley
  • Cook for 10 minutes + serve

Charis

  • RETROSPECTIVELY = looking back
  • CONFIRM = support
  • INEDIBLE = unfit to eat
  • MORAL = lesson
  • SALVAGE = rescue

Tip: There are more great recipes and useful vocab in “Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T.”

ChicagoParent.com: Chicken And Dumpling Soup

Carrie Kaufman reviewed “Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T.” for ChicagoParent.com. She and her nine year old tested my recipe for “chicken and dumpling soup.” I was nine when I cooked my first serious meal, so maybe I can be an INSPIRATION. Here’s the recipe, which they cut in half for the test:

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This is the “fun fact blurb” that goes with the recipe. Try to figure out the definitions in context before you take the match test:

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Here’s the match test (the answers are at the end of the book and on a list on the website):

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It’s been fun to see which recipe each reviewer chooses…they have all been different. Faith Durand of TheKitchn.com featured the “pesto pizza” and Cheramie Sonnier of the Baton Rouge Advocate chose my “meal in a pita pocket.”

Thanks to Carrie Kaufman for sharing my book.

INSPIRATION – (noun): germ, source, seed for later work

Charis

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