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Post Thanksgiving: Stuffed

I am post Thanksgiving dinner and all I can say is that I’m stuffed.

It was a glorious dinner with good friends. Richard made the turkey on the grill; it took 5 hours. The turkey was brined.

We also had stuffing or dressing depending on what part of the country you come from. The turkey was not stuffed as the dressing came in a separate pan.

Other carbs included sweet potatoes that were brushed lightly with maple syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and a wet corn bread custard. My friend wanted me to bring an orzo pasta salad but I talked her out of it.

Fortunately, there were a lot of vegetables — roasted root vegetables; tomatoes with goat cheese and olives; green beans with proscuitto/mint/and pinenuts (I made that) and Japanese cucumber salad (I made that too.)

Then there was homemade chutney and homemade cranberry sauce.

Marianne wanted to walk between dinner and dessert which is really a great idea but it was pouring rain.

For dessert there was homemade pumpkin pie, homemade apple pie, and homemade pound cake. Marianne made whipped cream from scratch and her sister brought Reddi Wip. Guess which was the better whipped cream?

Fortunately I only had a glass of Nouveau Beaujolais (it was excellent this year). If I drank too much it would’ve taken me over the edge.

I walked away with some leftovers and some marvelous turkey bones. I am going to make turkey vegetable soup tomorrow.

Right now I’m drinking Yogi organic ginger tea, a digestive. The tea has ginger root, lemongrass, peppermint, licorice root, and black pepper.

I’m sure I’ll enjoy the leftovers. I am definitely hitting the gym tomorrow!

Does anyone have any good ideas for turkey leftovers?

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