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After Thanksgiving: Two Spicy Soups From Leftovers

The relatives came over and you fed them. Oh, you ate too! If you’re like me, you “tested” everything regularly before it found its way to the overloaded tables for the Big Meal. Then you ate again, just to be sociable; you ate so much that your I.Q. dropped to somewhere below your shoe size, […]

After Thanksgiving: So Much Turkey, So Little Appetite

By this time in the Thanksgiving cycle, most folks are hoping to hit the drive-through to avoid leftovers. There are a lot of nice dishes in those esteemed remnants! Don’t toss them out, and for sure don’t let them go to waste.

Here are some clever ways to turn unappealing surplus turkey and vegetables into tasty […]

Friday Follies, the Turkey Edition

The National Football League decided to change its ways and actually provide you with a service. How many of you overdosed yesterday on the back-to-back-to-back NFL contests? Now most of you are all caught up on your sleep for the month! (It’s the third game that’s always the real snoozer.) The rest of you went […]

Best Wishes for Turkey Day From the Chile Underground

Today is one of our Great Holidays in America. Friends and family gather and share traditions and memories. For some, it’s all about socializing and catching up: Where you’ve been, how’s the job, and more. For others it’s about the football and the food, or the board and card games after the feast.

Take a moment […]

Almost Thanksgiving: Get the Desserts Ready!

If you’ve been following along at home, you know by now that the recipes I’m sharing aren’t for a traditional Thanksgiving. There’s maybe 47 bajillion sites that have those ideas; even Google throws a hissie fit when you search for that.

Staying “in character,” then, here are a couple concepts for dessert:

Zesty Peach Purses
Chipotle […]

Before Thanksgiving: Brisket Replaces Turkey!

I’m a big fan of traditional meats at Thanksgiving. But possum and coon are getting scarce, even here in central Texas; dove and quail weren’t plentiful due to the drought; and my brother hasn’t been headlighting deer hunting enough to share. So I have moved to a more avant-guarddog kind of protein:

Spicy Brisket Bake

I […]

Before Thanksgiving: Improved Vegetable Recipes

This time of year, lots of luscious autumn vegetables are available. That’s one of the things that makes Thanksgiving such a feast! And if they’re cooked properly, even the kids will eat them without too much complaining.

Here are my choices for this year’s banquet table:

Truly Screaming Heads
Salami Carrots

Once upon a time, I found […]

Before Thanksgiving: Make Your Condiments Early!

You want to have a great Thanksgiving this year? Then make as much stuff as you can now! Include a couple of novel condiments for the table:

Cranberry Kumquat Chutney
Zesty Olive Tapenade

Don’t settle for the same, boring ol’ cranberry sauce this year! Make a fruit chutney instead. Your relatives will forgive you. […]