Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is done aside from the leftovers and a nice batch of turkey stock that I’ll use for some vegetable soup with egg noodles.  It’ll be a great in the kids’ thermoses for school lunch on Monday.

This was my first family holiday without alcohol in a very long time. My initial experience is that holidays are much better with booze.  So are families.

I always heat my mug before pouring coffee into it.  That’s the best thing I learned in college.

At about 2:00 yesterday afternoon while preparing dinner I realized I was a couple of hours past due for a sip of Bourbon as part of my normal holiday routine.

When I was shopping the other day for Thanksgiving items I observed what was in most people’s carts.  I’m glad I wasn’t eating at most of their houses.

Yesterday’s dinner was simple, traditional, and exceptional.  I had a thigh.

I paired Polar cranberry-clementine seltzer with the meal.

Tate is working on his beat-boxing.

The mashed potatoes yesterday were gluten-free, no one noticed.

I made cranberries with tangerine and cardamom.  I also opened a can of cranberry jelly stuff.  I had almost all of the homemade cranberries leftover, and the canned cranberries were gone.

When you hear a crash in the other room and a child immediately says “it’s not my fault” then it’s more than likely their fault.

I like my leftovers the same as my Thanksgiving, simple and traditional.  This morning we had crispy fried stuffing with poached eggs on top.  For lunch we had turkey sandwiches on Heidelberg bread with lots of mayo and some of those leftover cranberries.

“Leftovers are for quitters” ~ Jake Vig ‏

I also made vegetarian carrots with ginger and honey and said nothing to our guests.

My announcement at dinner of my plan for a Moroccan inspired Christmas dinner was met with quite a lukewarm response.  It bordered on resistance.  Sorry, chef’s choice.

Aside from the roast duck with ras el hanout and blood oranges, I’m planning tagine makfoul (goat curry), tagine of yam, shallots, carrots, and prunes.

I’ll include some couscous with dried fruits and nuts.

“I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way.  I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.” ~ Jon Stewart.

The mushy bread with celery and onions was a hit.

Not everyone has heard of Google.

One thing that’s great about leftovers is that they’re an easy meal for the next day when you don’t feel like doing a whole lot.  If they’re too complicated then they aren’t within the spirit of good leftovers.

I do much of my Christmas shopping in my underwear, the looks at Target are interesting.  No one notices at the Walmarts.

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been posting more.  I’m trying to get into a rhythm of writing every day.  I really want to start posting culinary ideas, tips, and recipes.  I also need to get my book off the ground.

Actually I do 90% of my shopping on Amazon  The ability to sit at the dining room table in my undershorts with a dish if ice cream at 10 pm and get the bulk of my shopping done keeps me in the house.

The Holiday season is here. I wish all of you a great season and hope the New Year brings you all you deserve.


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