Cream of Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

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I woke up with a migraine yesterday. I have to say that after this odd three-week hiatus (unheard of if you're me), I particularly resented this one. It was just there. No usual phantom warning, flecks of light, odd pain elsewhere. There. Pounding at my eyelids and making it impossible for me to feel like dragging myself out of bed when my … more

One Deal, Five Meals: Let’s Talk Turkey

Maybe you've already purchased another turkey and stored it in your freezer. If not, I want to convince you to go out and buy one this week at a discounted price. Just because you had your fill on roast turkey and mashed potatoes doesn't mean you have to pass on that incredible deal at the local supermarket. This is the perfect time to stock … more

Creamy Turkey and Mushroom Casserole

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Even if I may not be a casserole fan for 85 96.75 percent of the year, the cold weather has me craving creamy mushrooms and wild rice all baked together into a belly-warming dish of deliciousness. I hope you'll forgive me, but I'm going to talk about them (the mushrooms and rice) twice before I'm done. Here and again as a soup soon after. The … more

The Monday Menu: November 30, 2009

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I did it. I cut his hair. The little curls on his neck? Gone. And you know what? I like it. It's really cute. He looks like a little boy. My little boy. Sure, he's my baby and always will be, but I'm determined to free him from what I call the youngest child syndrome, even if I just wanted to let the neck curls grow forever and ever and … more

Turkey Broth from Bones: Using Every Last Bit

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Let's talk turkey. Turkey carcass, that is. No, don't throw it away. Let's use it. While I used to snicker when my aunt's would decide who would bring home this year's turkey bones or the ham bone at the holidays, I now understand. I get it. I have been enlightened. The power of making your own stock, your own broth may have been lost on me … more

Leftovers Redone: My Favorite Turkey Sandwich

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We all know the feeling of the post-Thanksgiving hunger. You finally get hungry after the mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, dressing and turkey has had time to digest, and when you look in the fridge? Thanksgiving leftovers. Not what you were hoping for. Sure, a sandwich is always an option, but the thought of limp bread, cold Thanksgiving … more

Whole Chicken Stew: The Perfect Winter Meal

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Daylight savings, nearly a month ago now (where did the time go?), marked the end of late evenings, cooking dinner by the light of the kitchen window. The sun is gone by 5:00 p.m., forcing me to turn on glaring overhead lights earlier, sometimes before I've even stood up from my computer and finished work for the day. Dinner-hour darkness and … more