The party’s not over.

25 Nov

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”         – Calvin Trillin

Personally I’m a huge fan of leftovers! My favorite post-Thanksgiving treat – combine leftover stuffing, chopped up turkey and mashed potatoes (stir in a spoonful or two of cranberries if you’re a fan!) and bind it together with egg. (Varying the amounts and ingredients is perfectly acceptable!) Shape into patties and pan fry in a non-stick pan with a little oil or grill on a George Forman. Voila! Thanksgiving burgers!

If you make your own turkey gravy – you know how difficult it is to separate the fat from the “good stuff” drippings. I’ve purchased countless grease separators over the years and thrown all of them away. Until now! I ordered a Swing-A-Way Easy Release Grease Separator from the Chefs Catalog this year and it does the trick beautifully – plus it’s a bargain at $15.95. Check it out! I am the gadget queen and this one’s a winner!

We needed a healthy addition to the carbs at Thanksgiving this year and I tried a new recipe from Martha Stewart’s collection – fresh green beans with caramelized onions. I prepared the onions a day in advance and chopped up the tarragon so it was an easy last-minute-to-assemble side dish – boil the beans, toss with a little olive oil and the tarragon and top with caramelized onions. It’s served hot or cold! Follow me at connieiscooking on Twitter for a no-fuss way to caramelize a lot of onions – useful when Vidalia onions are in season. Try adding carmelized onions to pizza, burgers, sandwiches – even eggs! Here’s that green bean recipe.

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