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Got leftovers?

We had a very nice Thanksgiving Day visit with the local kids and grandkids. Each of the families brought side dishes and we were abundantly blessed with food and fellowship. I had some turkey leftover (which I don't mind stashing in the freezer for future use) and quite a bit of stuffing. Nora reminded me of this recipe for Stuffing Crust Quiche. My friend Judy gave it to me many years ago. I made some individual quiches for lunch on Black Friday. Here's the recipe in case you have some lingering stuffing:


Stuffing Crust Quiche

6 oz. stuffing mix
8 oz. cooked chicken or turkey
3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
2/3 cup evaporated milk
4 eggs

Prepare stuffing as directed on package. (Since I was using leftover stuffing I just added a little water to re-moisten). Press into a crust in pie plate. Place cheese and chicken in crust. Beat eggs and evaporated milk and pour over chicken and cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned and set.

Since this didn't use up all the stuffing I added a layer of stuffing to this casserole which also used up some leftover gravy, green beans, and mashed potatoes.

I also had a little bit of leftover cranberry sauce which I mixed into some applesauce. It made a pretty, slightly tart side dish with some soup this evening.


I'm thankful for such an abundance of good foods and creative friends who give me good ideas for using up the bits and pieces leftover. Have fun utilizing your feast day leftovers. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I'm thankful we could all spend a few days together last week. Meg, Jim, and Drew came down the day after Thanksgiving and spent the following week with us. Those of us who live in the area had to start back to work but tried to arrange our schedules to spend as much time as possible with them while they were here. It almost seemed like Christmas vacation to me because we had big family dinners and played games in the evening.

We also spent a lot of time playing with Drew. Here are a few pictures showing some of our activities:

Drew loves this library book about Thomas the train.

picture of Drew Reading Thomas

Rob loved reading to Drew.

picture of Drew and Poppy Reading

Megan and Jim love reading too.

picture of Megan Reading

picture of Jim Reading

Drew hasn't quite gotten the concept of aunts and uncles yet. He calls Katie Uncle Katie. Here she is reading to him and Mark.

picture of Drew, Katie, and Mark

Nora is a nanny and she brought Samuel over one morning to play with Drew and the trains.

picture of Nora, Samuel, and Drew

Since we had a houseful of people here for meals I was able to pull out some recipes that I rarely make for just the two of us. I made this Cornbread Casserole one evening and several family members asked for the recipe so I thought I'd post it here for them. I originally got this recipe from a radio program on WMUU (a local Christian radio station) many years ago. Barbara R. was the hostess of the program and Willie T., one of the announcers who pastors a local church gave the recipe. He said that a lady from his church would always bring it to church dinners and there was never any left. We ate it up before I could take a picture.

Cornbread Casserole
1 batch cornbread (recipe follows)
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. oil or butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 egg
a pinch of sage or poultry seasoning
2 cups of chicken broth
1-2 cups of chopped cooked chicken or turkey

Saute the onion and celery in the oil or melted butter until the vegetables are tender. Crumble cornbread. Combine with other ingredients in a greased crockpot. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for about 4 hours. (You could also bake this in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour.)
Makes 5-6 servings, depending on appetites.

Basic Cornbread
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 tsps. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup cornmeal
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup oil

Stir together dry ingredients. Mix together milk, eggs, and oil and then stir into the dry ingredients just until they are moistened. Pour into a greased and floured 9" cake pan and bake at 425 degrees for about 20 mins or until cornbread tests done.



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Turkey Pizza?

I've been keeping busy lately and have been rather negligent in posting. There were just three of us here for Thanksgiving day so we had chicken for dinner. We are having our turkey on Sunday when the whole family will be together.

Our neighbors cooked three turkeys outdoors in a turkey fryer and also roasted one in the oven. They very graciously shared a large plate of it with us. Rob and I had never tried fried turkey before and we found it to be very tasty.

With some of the leftover turkey I tried a new pizza variation that I read about recently at Tammy's Recipes. She has many delicious recipes on her site which you might enjoy perusing. For those of you who cannot access her site, here is how I made our pizza:

1 pre-baked pizza crust
about 1/3 cup Light Italian salad dressing
2 cloves garlic
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1-2 cups diced cooked turkey or chicken
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup small spinach leaves (you could use fresh basil)
1 Roma tomato cut into thin strips
black pepper

Combine the salad dressing and the garlic and spread on the pizza crust. Top with the cheeses, turkey, onion, spinach, and tomato. Sprinkle with black pepper. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 mins. or until cheeses are melted. Enjoy a fresh take on turkey leftovers!

picture of Turkey Pizza


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Turkey for a small family

A while back I ran across a recipe for cooking a turkey breast in the crockpot that I wanted to try. The last time I planned to prepare a turkey breast the one I bought was too large for my crockpot. Last week when I was grocery shopping I found a half of a turkey breast for sale (at Ingles) so I was finally able to try it.

Here's the simple recipe:
one half or whole turkey breast that will fit in your crockpot
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce (I used half a can with the half turkey breast)
1 envelope onion soup mix (I used half an envelope)

Place turkey breast in crockpot. Combine the cranberry sauce and the onion soup mix and spread on top of the turkey. Cook for 4 hours on high or until meat tests done with meat thermometer.

We ate this as is for the first meal, in this casserole for the second meal, and in a fruited turkey salad for its final appearance.

So, for all of you with small households -- be on the lookout for half turkey breasts on sale, or ask your butcher if he would cut a whole one in half for you. You still get a few nice leftovers, but not an overwhelming amount.

I didn't take a picture of the turkey breast itself, because it wasn't particularly photogenic, but, here's a picture of the fruited turkey salad (turkey, mayo, grapes, apple, celery, toasted almonds):

picture of Fruited Turkey Salad


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another idea for turkey

For those of you who are still grappling with leftover turkey, here is another recipe that you might want to try. I think it is just about the ideal after-turkey-dinner recipe because it contains turkey, mashed potatoes, and green beans. I'm not sure where this recipe came from, but it's very tasty.

Green Bean and Turkey Casserole
2 cups cubed cooked turkey or chicken
2 cups fresh or frozen cooked green beans
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup milk (plus additional for moistening mashed potatoes)
approximately 2 cups cooked mashed potatoes (make extra the day of your feast)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup French fried onions (from can or bag)

picture of casserole in the making

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix turkey, green beans, soup, and milk. Pour into a two quart greased casserole dish. (If you have a little leftover stuffing you can add this too.) Moisten mashed potatoes with a little milk and whisk to fluff them up. Spread on top of turkey/green bean mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake about 25 mins. or until bubbly. Top with french fried onions and return to oven for about 5 more minutes. Enjoy!

picture of casserole done

I thought I'd post a picture of our grandson Drew that we took yesterday while our little guy was napping with his friend (Curious) George - who makes a great pillow!

picture of Drew and George napping


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