holiday leftovers

  1. 7 Yummy Uses for Leftover Eggnog

    7 Yummy Uses for Leftover Eggnog

    Eggnog Not sure how to best use that leftover eggnog? There are plenty of easy and tasty ways to make sure that eggnog doesn't go to waste. Use as a creamer substitute - Are you or your family big coffee or...

    Eggnog
    Eggnog

    Not sure how to best use that leftover eggnog? There are plenty of easy and tasty ways to make sure that eggnog doesn't go to waste.

    • Use as a creamer substitute - Are you or your family big coffee or tea drinkers? Use eggnog in place of regular milk in your morning beverages. If you want to go fancier, try making an eggnog latte! That will definitely be a hit.
    • Pancakes/Waffles - Use eggnog in place of milk in these breakfast treats. Often times you may not even need to rely on syrup after you add the eggnog!

    Pancakes, Frosting and Coffee

    • Milkshake - Make a seasonal shake to use up the rest of that eggnog! You can use regular milk and some ice cream in your blender so you don't really need a lot of eggnog. However, keep in mind, the more eggnog you use, the stronger the flavor.
    • Frosting - Don't have enough eggnog to do something big, but still want a treat? Use eggnog to make frosting for cookies, cupcakes, scones, or whatever else.
    • French Toast - Another great breakfast favorite. Experiment with different types of bread.
    • Syrup - What? Yes, that's right, you can use that leftover eggnog to make a creamy tasty syrup for pancakes, waffles, or even ice cream with your icecream maker! yum!
    • Oatmeal - Put a splash of eggnog in your oatmeal to give your plain or boring breakfast a bit of spice.

    Milkshake and Oatmeal
    Milkshake and Oatmeal

    The best thing about these options are that they are not only easy, but don't require a lot of eggnog. It is a perfect solution to finishing up those last bits of eggnog without it being a chore. On top of that you also get to experience new variations on your usual breakfasts. Who knows, you may just find your new favorite treat!

    Contact us for more great ideas to try out this holiday season!

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  2. Five Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas

    Five Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas

    What are we going to do with our Thanksgiving leftovers? We’re going to find creative ways to make them into delicious new dishes. Be warned, there is nothing “diet” or “light” about these Thanksgiving leftovers ideas, but they sure do...

    What are we going to do with our Thanksgiving leftovers? We’re going to find creative ways to make them into delicious new dishes. Be warned, there is nothing “diet” or “light” about these Thanksgiving leftovers ideas, but they sure do taste good!

    Turkey and Dumplings

    Traditional Chicken and Dumplings
    Traditional Chicken and Dumplings

    Sure, the common name of the dish is chicken and dumplings, but there is no reason to discriminate against turkey. Turkey adds a nice, rich flavor that just might end up making this dish one of your favorites all year round. Don’t be a chicken, just follow your favorite dumpling recipe (or try Paula Deen's recipe) and substitute turkey.

    Turkey Melt

    Toast with Turkey and Melted Cheese
    Toast with Turkey and Melted Cheese

    This is a delicious sandwich prepared the same way as you would prepare grilled cheese. Use rye bread, sliced turkey, and your favorite cheese. See? Thanksgiving leftovers ideas can be quick, easy, and melt in your mouth.

    Turkey and Vegetable Stew

    Turkey and Vegetables Stew
    Turkey and Vegetables Stew

    Do you always end up making too many vegetables? No need to stew about it when you can make stew instead. Save those bits of this and that and make them into another meal. Put them in a stock pot, add bite sized pieces of turkey, some chopped celery and onions, and add leftover gravy. Simmer until warmed through and serve with some nice bread.

    Potato Pancakes

    Potato Pancakes
    Potato Pancakes

    Use those leftover mashed potatoes to make mouthwatering potato pancakes. Add some chopped onion to your potatoes, form the potatoes into thin patties, and fry in a frying pan until golden brown on both sides. Serve with sour cream if desired. This is definitely not a "diet" recipe.

    Cranberry Orange Topping for Cake

    Cranberry Sauce as Cake Topping
    Cranberry Sauce as Cake Topping

    Make leftover cranberry sauce into a delicious topping for cake. Simply add orange marmalade to taste, warm gently, and pour over warm cake slices or cupcakes (find some recipes for cake here!). Angel Food cake works well for this heavenly treat.

    What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers ideas?

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  3. Looking for a Change from the Standard? Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas

    Looking for a Change from the Standard? Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas

    Preparing Thanksgiving dinner usually means enough leftovers for several additional meals. It is practically the law turkey sandwiches and turkey soup is on the leftover menu, but is that the only option for Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas? Let’s take a...

    Preparing Thanksgiving dinner usually means enough leftovers for several additional meals. It is practically the law turkey sandwiches and turkey soup is on the leftover menu, but is that the only option for Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas? Let’s take a look at a few other Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas. All of the following recipes are guidelines that you can use to create your own dish of Thanksgiving leftovers.

    Pizza Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas

    Pizza with Leftovers
    Pizza with Leftovers

    How about a Thanksgiving pizza made from leftovers? Pizza is made out of just about any available ingredient so why not use turkey and vegetables? The following is a versatile recipe that you can easily adjust to whatever leftovers you may have.

    Ingredients:

    • leftover turkey meat, seafood or any other meat
    • vegetables
    • sauce or feta cheese
    • pizza dough (Try this recipe, or store bought. You could also use naan for a flatbread pizza!)
    • shredded cheese

    Directions:

    1. Using your favorite pizza dough as a base, add shredded turkey and vegetables. 
    2. If dinner included seafood, sausage or other meat choices beside turkey slice and dice that, including sliced olives, as well.
    3. Consider using feta cheese instead of sauce.
    4. No pizza is complete without adding a handful of shredded cheese over the entire pizza.
    5. Cook your pizza on a pizza stone at 400° for about 20 minutes.
    6. Let the pizza cool for a few minutes and serve with a garden salad.

    Thanksgiving Cobbler

    Cobbler
    Cobbler

    Another Thanksgiving leftover idea is leftover cobbler. It is easy to make and is an ideal dish for a cool winter night.

    Ingredients:

    • butter
    • all purpose flour
    • milk
    • turkey or other meat
    • vegetables
    • pie crust

    Directions:

    1. Begin with a base of melted butter, all purpose flour and milk.
    2. Heat in a saucepan until the mixture begins to thicken.
    3. Next, stir in shredded turkey or meat of choice and vegetables of choice, adding more of what you like and less of what you don’t.
    4. When the mixture is thoroughly heated, spoon or pour it into a greased baking dish.
    5. Add a pie crust over the dish and make sure there are steam holes in it.
    6. Bake at 450° for about 45 minutes or until the crust is brown and the cobbler is bubbly.

    Thanksgiving Macaroni and Cheese 

    Macaroni and Cheese with Leftovers
    Macaroni and Cheese with Leftovers

    Want a new spin on an old classic? How does macaroni and cheese utilizing the thanksgiving leftovers sound?

    Ingredients:

    • macaroni and cheese ( It can be your own personal recipe or something right out of the box.)
    • shredded turkey or other meat
    • vegetables
    • crackers
    • cheese
    • (optional) garden salad
    • (optional) garlic bread

    Directions:

    1. Prepare your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe according to the directions.
    2. While it is still warm, mix in shredded turkey or shredded or diced meat of choice and chopped vegetables.
    3. Top with a generous helping of crushed crackers and your favorite cheese.
    4. Bake the dish at 425° for about 20 to 25 minutes.
    5. Let the macaroni and cheese cool for a few minutes before serving and serve with a fresh garden salad and garlic bread.

    Thanksgiving Hand Pie

    Hand Pies
    Hand Pies

    Hand pies are as fun to make as they are to eat!

    Ingredients:

    • turkey or other meat
    • mashed potato
    • (optional) mashed squash
    • vegetables such as green beans or carrots or corn or peas
    • gravy
    • cream cheese
    • egg(s) for the egg wash

    Directions:

    1. Finely chop the turkey or meat of choice.
    2. Mix with mashed potato, squash (if mashed), sliced whole vegetables, warmed gravy and cream cheese.
    3. Using 6” pie crusts, place 2 or 3 tablespoons of mixture on half the pie crust.
    4. Fold the dough over and crimp the edges to seal the crust closed.
    5. Place the miniature pies on a greased baking sheet.
    6. Give each pie an egg wash with a brush.
    7. Bake the pies at 400° for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
    8. Serve with gravy.

    Enjoy these delicious ideas for dishes with Thankgiving leftovers. We hope you have found a new recipe you can try to reuse that yummy Thanksgiving turkey meat, because it would be a waste to throw that away!

    For more information about what to do with leftovers, contact us.

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  4. 3 Custard Variations Perfect for Any Easter Feast

    3 Custard Variations Perfect for Any Easter Feast

    The word Custard could conjure multiple images beyond that of a simple, pudding-like dessert. What makes custard unique from other foods can be found in the versatility of its applications. It is less a singular dish and more so its own...

    The word Custard could conjure multiple images beyond that of a simple, pudding-like dessert. What makes custard unique from other foods can be found in the versatility of its applications. It is less a singular dish and more so its own form of culinary preparation, which traditionally involves the mixture of eggs with milk or cream, thickened by heat. Often with custard, a new dish is created with a simple change in ratios, or the addition of a basic ingredient, such as cornstarch or gelatin.

    What makes custard perfect for Easter? An obvious reason would be its primary use of eggs, which are symbolic not only of fertility but rebirth. Additionally, the varied forms in which custard is implemented are practical and demonstrate the ability to create decadent dishes with few ingredients. If nothing else, it'll help you use up those leftover Easter eggs.

    Whether you are a custard fanatic or have had your curiosity piqued, the following custard variations will provide you with fool-proof basics, which you can further customize to suit your palate.

    Custard Sauce

    Custard comes in several consistencies, one being slightly thinner, often to which vanilla and sugar is added to create a sweet sauce. To make a simple custard sauce, you need only the following ingredients.

    Custard Sauce
    Custard Sauce

    Ingredients:

    • 1-1/2 cups milk
    • 6 egg yolks
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1 pinch salt

    Directions:

    1. Heat milk to a boil in a medium saucepan.
    2. Remove saucepan from heat and be sure not to scald.
    3. In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and salt.
    4. Steadily pour the hot milk into the mixture and whisk.
    5. Place the custard into saucepan and heat until a candy thermometer reads 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Our suggested variations:

    • Swap brown sugar for sugar
    • Add 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • Sprinkle with nutmeg
    • Thin sauce with lemon juice for a brighter taste

    Savory Custard

    Often, people only associate custard with dessert. However, many well known dishes, including quiche and egg tarts, serve to show off custard's savory side. If you wish to make quiche for Easter brunch, may we suggest the following recipe?

    Quiche
    Quiche

    Ingredients:

    • 5 eggs
    • 3/4 cup milk
    • 9-inch pie shell, frozen deep dish
    • Filling of your choice (see below)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs; add milk and your selected filling and mix well with a spoon.
    3. Pour the quiche mixture into the frozen pie crust and place on a cookie sheet or a small pan and bake for 45 minutes.

    Suggested fillings:

    • 2 cups shredded cheese
    • 1-1/2 cup chopped peppers
    • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
    • 1-1/2 cup ham chunks, or bacon

    Furthermore, combination fillings, such as spinach and artichoke, or pepper-jack cheese and bacon, really liven up this basic quiche.

    Frozen Custard

    Do you remember the ice cream-like treat you only got on special occasions? The kind that always seemed thicker and more rich in sugar and flavor than soft serve? Did you realize you can make and enjoy this treat at home?

    Frozen custard was, quite appropriately, invented on Coney Island in 1919. The key that sets it apart from ice cream, and lends it its smooth texture, is the addition of eggs. This also allows the dessert to retain its cold longer than traditional ice cream, making it more practical for outdoor dining on a simmering summer day.

    Frozen Custard
    Frozen Custard

    To make your own, you'll need a continuous freezer, and the following ingredients:

    Ingredients:

    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 cup full-fat milk
    • 1 pinch of salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions:

    1. Whisk eggs, sugar, and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan.
    2. Add milk and cream and whisk thoroughly.
    3. Heat over medium to low heat, whisking constantly, until a custard-like consistency forms.
    4. When the custard reaches 170 degrees Fahrenheit on a thermometer, it is ready. Remove from heat; add salt and vanilla, and stir.
    5. Using a fine mesh, strain the custard and freeze in a large container until it reaches 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
    6. Churn in ice-maker, using the manufacturer's directions.

    This custard should be served within 2 hours of preparation. For different flavors, you can add cocoa powder, coffee crystals or espresso powder, mint or almond extract, or an assortment of mix-ins, including chocolate chips, candy pieces, or dried fruit.

    These recipes are great ideas for Easter, or excellent ways to use your leftover eggs the day after. Yum, what a delicious way to reward the children with the Easter eggs they found outside!

    For more Easter ideas, or to share your favorite custard recipe, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you.

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  5. 3 Reasons to Love The Simplest Breakfast Quiche Ever

    3 Reasons to Love The Simplest Breakfast Quiche Ever

    Here is a breakfast quiche that is quick and simple to make the morning after any big meal. Plus it's a fantastic way to use those leftovers that fill your refrigerator after a holiday gathering. Three of the best features of this...

    Here is a breakfast quiche that is quick and simple to make the morning after any big meal. Plus it's a fantastic way to use those leftovers that fill your refrigerator after a holiday gathering.

    Three of the best features of this recipe:

    • It only requires three eggs.
    • The ingredients are flexible and easily substituted.
    • It can be made gluten free with a single ingredient change.

    You will need a 13 x 9 inch baking pan (a glass dish is best), a bowl for mixing, a cutting board for chopping and the following ingredients.

    Simple Breakfast Quiche

    Simple Quiche
    Simple Quiche

    Ingredients:

    Quiche:

    • At least a cup of any type of meat, chopped into small pieces
    • A few cups of any kind of veggies
    • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
    • 1 cup any kind of cheese
    • (optional) cilantro

    Topping:

    • 3 eggs - whipped
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 3/4 cup Milk
    • 3/4 cup Bisquick (regular or gluten free)

    Directions:

    1. Spray or grease baking pan.
    2. If you choose to use the mushrooms, layer these first, then layer meat and veggies on the bottom in the quantity you desire.
    3. Either saute some onions and garlic to spread over the bottom layer, or sprinkle dried onions and garlic spice if that is easier. A dash of cilantro is always a great addition.
    4. Mix the topping ingredients thoroughly, then pour it over the meat and vegetable layers.
    5. There will be some spaces that didn't get poured over, which is not a problem. Some people add an extra egg for more topping, which doesn't hurt the recipe one bit.
    6. Bake at 350 degrees in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
    7. The mixture is firm and golden when finished. You may quickly cut in and serve.

    There is no difference to the texture in baking this recipe with regular Bisquick or the gluten free brand. As long as you avoid cross-contamination with utensils, cutting boards and ingredients, this is a fantastic breakfast to make for gluten free guests. Best of all, it is quick and simple.

    Please contact us for more recipe ideas or for tips to make any meal a success.

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  6. How-to repurpose your holiday leftovers

    How-to repurpose your holiday leftovers

    Holiday Ham Can your holiday turkey "still be found haunting the kitchen" in the words of Elvis Costello in "The Saint Stevens Day Murders"? Here are a few simple things you can do with your holiday leftovers. Turkey: If you've...

    Holiday Ham
    Holiday Ham

    Can your holiday turkey "still be found haunting the kitchen" in the words of Elvis Costello in "The Saint Stevens Day Murders"? Here are a few simple things you can do with your holiday leftovers.

    Turkey: If you've got leftover turkey and are tired of turkey sandwiches for lunch, consider tossing the meat in one of our barbecue sauces to make barbecue turkey sandwiches. If you have a slow cooker, give your barbecued turkey a couple hours in the cooker on low to really infuse it with that barbecue flavor. Otherwise, just toss and reheat in the microwave. These are a great reuse because all you need are buns and barbecue sauces and you've got a totally new flavor.

    Pumpkin pie filling: If your pumpkin pie filling didn't fit quite right in the crust, consider using the extra filling to make French toast. If your filling is too thick, whisk in some milk to thin it out, dip, and pan cook as you would any other French toast.

    Cranberries: Cranberries, like any fruit, go great over vanilla ice cream as a topping. If you don't like your ice cream toppings chunky, use a strainer to separate the liquid from the berries. Use the berries for ice cream, and use the cranberries in place of the blueberries in your favorite blueberry muffin recipe.

    Need advice on using up your holiday leftovers? Contact us for a range of spices and sauces that can be used to make leftovers seem new again.

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