Last week was a bit of a blur—many times I wanted to post my activities, but I opted for sleep or cleaning instead.
First off: Thanksgiving was a great success. The dry-cured and herb-stuffed turkey was succulent and infused with flavour, and the fresh herb bread stuffing was everything I hoped it would be. No complaints, and in fact, enthusiastic reviews from all the guests. I mentioned, ruefully, to my father-in-law, "I guess I'll have to get up at 6AM again next year," since the turkey was good enough to justify the early wake-up call. Instead of reassuring me that that wasn't necessary, which is what I hoped he'd do, he said, "You'll get used to it."
One of the benefits of a roasted turkey, if you're up for the challenge, is finding things to do with the leftovers. That isn't as much of an issue with a deep-fried turkey, because the carcass can't really be used for much. This year, though, I was prepared for days of post-turkey...turkey.
We had several lunches and snacks of turkey sandwiches on homemade whole wheat buns (these turned out beautifully as well, and I am now committed to making fresh buns as often as possible—the boys absolutely devour them), but I also referred to my Canadian Living Christmas Book for leftover turkey ideas. Here's what my turkey turned into:
Turkey cranberry pancakes
Turkey jambalaya (using Andouille sausage purchased at the Prince Albert Farmers' Market)
Traditonal turkey noodle soup
I'd be happy to share recipes for these if anyone is interested; I confess that right now, it is late and I must get myself off to bed.
One more thought: my craving for chicken has certainly subsided since the turkey-fest.