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Cookenomics: Make the Most of Your Leftovers

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Let's face it ... leftovers are a mom's best friend in this economy! Celeb chef, mom of two and Cookenomics creator Susannah Locketti offers up delicious and incredibly easy ways to make the most of all that extra food.

Guest blogger Susannah: "I LOVE leftovers ... especially Thanksgiving leftovers. I love that there are tons of side dishes at my disposal to work with, the extra meat on the turkey for dinner ideas plus the chance to make a cost-effective broth from the whole turkey. Here are a few of my favorite fuss-free ways to enjoy leftovers."

The Pilgrim
I live in Plymouth, Massachusetts, so Thanksgiving is a huge deal around here. Sandwiches in my area named the "Pilgrim" usually refer to a turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwich with mayo. I love mine grilled. I'd have to say, this is my favorite sandwich and it allows for little to go to waste with leftovers. All you have to pitch in is the bread and a dab of mayo which you probably have on hand. This sandwich also works well in a rollup or pita. This sandwich is really good using a cornbread stuffing ... they are the first to go at gatherings no matter what time of year.
Potato Soup
This is an easy recipe to use up extra mashed potatoes. Finely chop an onion and sauté it in a small soup pot with butter or oil and season with salt and pepper. Add a clove or two of fresh garlic if you have it, plus any chopped or dried herbs you have on hand. Stir, sauté another minute and then add 3 cups of milk and 1 cup of leftover mashed potatoes. (Vary the milk/potato ratio based on your own preference on thickness). Stir until you reach an even and smooth consistency. Heat thoroughly, taste and season again if needed. Garnish with herbs or use any extra bagged stuffing cubes as soup crackers. Leeks are also in season and less expensive this time of year. Feel free to use leeks in place of the onion.
Carrots with Herb Butter or Turkey Linguine with Herb Butter
My Thanksgiving video this month features a low cost herb compound butter. If you make the butter in the video, here are ways to use it creatively with your leftovers. If you have extra fresh carrots, peel them and remove the ends. Cut the carrots into carrot sticks and boil in salted water until soft but firm. Drain the carrots, place back in the pan or pot and add a few tablespoons of leftover herb butter. Toss to coat until the butter melts. Season with salt and pepper. This herb butter is also great on mashed potatoes when the leftover gravy runs out. You can also boil up a pound of pasta, drain, add the herb butter plus leftover turkey meat and any green veggies on hand. Heat until the butter melts and the meal is hot. Season and serve with Parmesan cheese! (this butter would also be great to sauté the onions or leeks for the Potato Soup above)
Save $15 with Easy Homemade Broth
Ok...so you've picked that turkey dry of all possible meat, but you still have this big body leftover. Don't throw it out whatever you do! Just grab your largest soup or stock pot and place the body inside. Add enough water to cover the body completely. Season with salt, pepper and any seasonings. Boil the turkey for at least an hour. Strain the turkey from the broth and all you have left to do is freeze it. Broth is big bucks these days ... well over two dollars for a four cup box. If you make this simple version, you'll save yourself at least $15 and all it cost you was water and a cadaver named Tom boiled by a very smart mom.


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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
lieben March 6, 2009, 12:49 PM

Interessante Informationen.

fussball manager March 11, 2009, 9:26 PM

Gute Arbeit hier! Gute Inhalte.

Ten Tees January 8, 2011, 7:34 PM

Great article! Good and fun reading. There is one point to make about funny shirts.


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