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Winter Recipes – Grilled Chicken and Provolone Sandwich

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In need of a quick, delicious, and healthy lunch? I’ve got you covered. This Grilled Chicken and Provolone Sandwich makes an awesome breakfast, too!

You can put this one together on a grill in your outdoor or indoor kitchen. If you have grill bars built into your kitchen stove, you’re laughing. The taste and presentation of this stellar sandwich when it’s made on the grill is absolutely fabulous. If you don’t have a grill insert, pull out your trusty cast iron pan. Get it nice and hot (about 5 minutes over medium-high heat), then follow the directions below. Turn on the range hood fan to vent out any smoke that may result.

No cast iron pan? No worries. Just use whatever you have. Necessity really is the mother of invention … and good food. I was at a cottage once and discovered that the only “utensil” I available was a wire coat hanger. I bent it into a shape that would hold the bread over the burner, and voilà, toast.

So, use whatever utensils you have on hand to make this sandwich today.

Grilled Chicken and Provolone Sandwich

  • 8 slices bread (use your favorite brand)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, separated
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat; grease grill.
  2. Brush chicken breasts with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill chicken breasts about 4 or 5 minutes per side; set aside.
  4. Brush one side of the bread with olive oil.
  5. Assemble 1 sliced chicken breast, some slices of tomatoes, a few leaves of basil, and one slice of provolone cheese on a slice of bread. Top with second slice of bread. Continue until all sandwiches have been assembled.
  6. Lay each sandwich (one by one, if necessary) on the grill, and heat until grill marks appear; flip and grill the other side. Serve.

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Sweet Valentine’s Day! You’ll Love These Choco-Nut Cookies

Photo: kraftcanada.com

Photo: kraftcanada.com

Happy Valentine’s Day! Full disclosure here: I did not wake up this morning with a plan of how to make this day super special for my family. So, if you’re like me (and I sincerely hope you’re more with it than I am this morning!), you might be wondering how you’re going to cover for your lack of Valentine’s Day foresight.

I’ve got your back on this one. Here’s my secret: just add chocolate. Make these cookies for your sweetheart and all will be forgiven!

Choco-Nut Cookies

First, let me say that this recipe is adapted from a Kraft recipe that you can find here. Second, as you might guess, I’m going to encourage you to turn on your stove’s exhaust fan. Yes, we’re all about range hoods here. And yes, turning on the exhaust fan helps purify your indoor air.

But, there’s actually another reason you should turn on that fan. That sweet cookie aroma is going to waft outside. It’s going to hit your favorite person right in the olfactory glands, and it will attract your sweetie’s attention like nothing else.

Cook these up and let me know how it all works out for you!

  • 225g  bittersweet chocolate chips, divided in half
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup nuts (walnuts, pecans, pistachios, peanuts – just choose your favorite), chopped
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place half of the chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on medium 3 to 4 minutes until partially melted; stir until completely melted.
  3. Add butter to the melted chocolate; stir until well combined.
  4. Add eggs to chocolate mixture. Combine well.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, flour, nuts, remaining chocolate chips, and baking powder.
  6. Add dry ingredients to chocolate mixture; stir well.
  7. Drop dough by tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake about 12 minutes, or until cookies are soft to the touch.
  9. Let cool on wire racks.


Monthly Pick – Green Kitchen Trends


If you love those neutral tones that have dominated design for the last few years, you may find that it’s time to make some room for color. Not just any color, either.


Green is seeing its popularity rise like nothing before … or at least not since the 1950s. I’m not just talking about the paint color. The environmental community has opened the eyes of many designers to the benefits and possibilities of incorporating eco products in kitchen design. Actual greenery makes a fresh and healthy addition to kitchen decor, too. Some strategically placed plants help make the space less sterile. Better yet, consider building an entire living wall.

Living walls feature plants growing all over them. There’s usually a pool of water at the bottom or a waterfall feature behind the plants allowing them to thrive. Living walls have been associated with better health thanks to the oxygen, relaxation thanks to the soothing sound of water, and beauty.

Follow some of these tips to green up your own kitchen.

  • Green paint brightens a kitchen, even if that kitchen is very small. In large kitchens, consider painting an accent wall.
  • Choose wallpaper that features large floral patterns.
  • Install a recycling center in your kitchen design.
  • Use natural materials in building your kitchen, like stone and wood.
  • Install a high-quality range hood to properly ventilate grease, odors, and steam.

How have you used the color green or eco materials in your own kitchen?

Monthly Pick – Range Vs Cooktop

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Here’s the dilemma: do you opt for a cooktop or for a range for your kitchen? Do you know the difference? Hmm, let’s deal with that last question first.

Very basically, a cooktop is built right into the counter (like in the photo above). It can be wired to use gas, electricity, or induction. Cooktop sizes vary, but standard measurements are typically 30 inches and 36 inches.

A range, often simply referred to as a stove, is a stand-alone piece that comes with its own cooktop and its own built-in oven. Standard measurements are the same as the cooktop, but it, too, can come in a variety of styles and sizes.

So, now that you know the basic difference, how do you decide which one is best for you?

The answer to that lies squarely in your own personal tastes and circumstances. The cooktop, for instance, is just that. You’ll need to install an oven in the wall somewhere in your kitchen. If your kitchen is on the small side, and all the walls are taken up by cupboards, finding a place to install that oven might prove a bit of a headache.

A range, on the other hand, is an all-in-one appliance. The only consideration you’ll have to make is whether the cooktop and oven are large enough for your cooking needs. Do you love hosting parties where you need six burners going at the same time. Maybe roasting a large turkey along with five different side dishes is your thing. Yes, you can find cooktops and separate ovens that fulfill those needs. But, for a small kitchen, choosing a large one piece range might make more sense.

The one benefit of the cooktop over the range, as far as I’m concerned, is that the cooktop is typically built so that it abuts right against the counter. That means that there’s no gap for crumbs, drips, or anything else to fall through. Pulling out the range to clean along that crack is inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst. Ranges are not always very light weight. Moving one might cause some uncomfortable muscle strain!

Have you had to choose between a cooktop and a range? What helped you make that final decision?

How To Choose A Kitchen Faucet Style


So, there you are, going like wildfire, making all the right choices for your kitchen upgrade. You’ve chosen the right range hood for your space, the perfect paint color for the walls, even the best island configuration that will accommodate your family.

There’s just one thing you might not realize. Did you know that you have more options for kitchen faucets than you think. A quick trip to a store like Home Depot or Lowe’s will reveal rows and rows of stainless steel sinks and faucets. They will vary by size, shape and style … but not color. What if you could choose the color, too? Now that would be fun!

Beyond color and style, you have a few other options from which to choose. Think about how you use your kitchen sink, and then you can decide whether or not you need a Pull-Down faucet. This is the kind where the faucet head is attached to a flexible hose that can be pulled straight down into the kitchen sink making clean up a breeze.

Two knobs or one? The most popular kitchen faucet of late, it seems, is the one with only one knob or handle controlling both the amount of spray and the hot-cold function. My kitchen currently has the two knob style – one for hot, one for cold. It’s fine. But, given the choice, I think I’d prefer the one handle style. That way, I just need one hand to select and regulate how much water at what temperature. Pretty handy when your other hand is occupied holding a soapy pot or veggies.

Here’s something that you don’t see every day – the wall-mounted faucet. Most kitchen sinks come with holes predrilled to accommodate either a single hole style faucet or a double (or triple) hole style faucet. If you’re going for a farmhouse kitchen look with a deep ceramic sink, a wall mounted faucet might just be the feature to complete the look.

Then there are faucets that feature a separate nozzle for pot filling, hot water, or cold water. Does your kitchen sink come with any of those? Have you found them particularly useful? Let us know!

Spring Cleaning for Your Kitchen

Winter is finally on its way out, and with it goes a plethora of cold and flu germs. As spring flutters in, you might be feeling like it’s time to do a bit of spring cleaning in preparation of summer. Not only do you want to get rid of all those nasty sick germs, but your weekly dinner plans will start to change to pool-side dining and grill-ready barbecue instead of stovetop recipes.  Spring cleaning can mean as little or as much as you want it to, but our suggestion is to make the most of your spring cleaning experience and get your kitchen prepped and ready to go for summer while also giving it a good anti-bacterial scrubbing down. The upcoming summer season can be a great motivator for cleaning out the cupboards, do some shopping, and get rid of expired or out-used foods or kitchen products. Cleaning itself may never be fun, but the results are always much appreciated and can give you a sense of accomplishment and take off a load of stress. Here are some ideas to get you started with your kitchen spring cleaning.

Sanitize the Sink
Germs and bacteria thrive in cool, damp places and this is especially true of the kitchen sink. If you have a drain that serves the dual purpose of a garbage disposal cleaning out the sink may seem like the least desirable task in the whole house, but eventually it has to be done. After a while, food gets stuck in the garbage disposal, it becomes backed up or it starts to release unpleasant odors. Not just the garbage disposal, but the sink as well, can house a host of germs, even when it appears relatively clean and there is no visible plaque on the surface. If you’re like most household, dishes inevitably start to pile up after a few days, food and waste gets dumped into the sink and like the old saying goes: “out of sight, out of mind.” But even if you don’t see the germs, don’t forget that they’re still there, and start your spring cleaning by giving the kitchen sink a good scrub down.
RHI Sink                                          Photo Credit: Lotus Kitchen Solution

Wipe Down Cupboards and Drawers
Another area of the kitchen that is often neglected, spring cleaning will be off to a great start if you give your cupboards, pantries, and drawers a thorough wipe down. It seems like a hassle, but once you do it you’ll be glad you did, and you might even be surprised to find how much dust and debris comes from these rarely cleaned, and rarely thought of storage areas. Clean off your kitchen table or the island and prepare to take everything off the shelves and out of the drawers. These things can be temporarily transferred onto the table or island while you clean out the drawers and wipe down the shelves. This would also be a great time to wipe down some of the less-used items in your pantry, as things can start to accumulate dust and may become sticky or moist due to other items leaking or spilling. Now that you have everything spread out before you, you can also get rid of anything that is outdated or no longer acceptable for use. It also leaves the perfect opportunity to reorganize everything as you put it back where it belongs.

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Clean Out Your Refrigerator and Freezer
This is another one that often gets left by the way side as time filters through. Not only is it inconvenient and time consuming, but it’s also a less-than-desirable task that no one ever wants to do, but somehow always seems to need to be done. Like it or not, things spill, leak, and run over in the fridge, leaving behind sticky, grimy residue in the fridge that is not only visually unappealing, but also hazardous to your heath due to cross contamination with the other foods in your fridge or freezer. To get a great start to your spring cleaning regimen, we suggest a thorough cleaning of your fridge and freezer. It won’t be fun, but it will be one of those things you’re glad you did once the task has been completed.

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Scrub the Microwave
A clean microwave is a great feeling, and it’s also one that doesn’t come often. As your microwave is busy zapping your food and getting it ready to eat, the food particles are often thrown to the deepest, darkest recesses of the microwave to dry and leave a caked-on residue. It can be quite a pain to clean the microwave, especially when it means scrubbing off months of foods that have been zapped a hundred times over. It can also be tempting to skip this task, figuring that the next time you use the microwave it will simply become soiled again, but having a sharp clean microwave can keep your other food safe from bacteria and cross contamination, and it can make the task of cleaning the microwave much easier when it is done more frequently.

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These are just a few of the biggest cleaning tips that we suggest when you start your kitchen spring cleaning, but other tasks range in time requirements and cleaning difficulty. If you finish all of the above, and still find yourself with time left over, consider cleaning out the kitchen waste bins, washing the kitchen windows on both the inside and outside, dusting and wiping down the walls and baseboards, and even getting your knives professionally sharpened and oiled. Do you have any other special projects you like to undertake for your kitchen spring cleaning time? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

A Special Meal for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re a foodie who loves to cook, you might be thinking of ways that you can give your Valentine something special from the kitchen.  If you regularly cook and bake for your Special Someone, chances are that you are looking for something truly extraordinary for this year’s celebration.  You can go many different directions with your Valentine’s Day feast and it all really just depends on your cooking preferences and your Valentine’s level of pickiness. If you want some fresh ideas on what to prepare this Valentine’s Day, check out our suggestions for delicious recipes below and choose the one that’s right for you.

Cheesy Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip
If your Special Someone is a shrimp scampi lover, this treat could be just the thing for them. This delicious shrimp scampi dip goes perfectly with breads or pita chips and can be served with a variety of your favorite snacks. After prep and bake time, this recipe still takes only about 35 minutes to prepare, and it’s definitely easy on a scale of simple-to-hard.

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2 tbsp. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c. dry white wine
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
1/2 lb. medium peeled and deveined shrimp, defrosted
1 c. ricotta
1 c. shredded white Cheddar
1/4 c. grated Parmesan
Sliced baguette, for serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes, then add white wine, lemon juice, parsley and shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until shrimp is no longer opaque and wine is reduced, 5 to 7 minutes.

Transfer ingredients to a cutting board and finely chop shrimp. Add ingredients to a large bowl, along with ricotta, cheddar, and Parmesan. Stir to combine.

Transfer to baking dish and bake until warm and bubbly, 15 minutes. (Broiler for 3 minutes if you prefer a darker top.) Garnish with parsley and serve with bread.

Recipe via Delish

Boursin-Stuffed Chicken
If you’ve never tried this boursin-stuffed chicken, we promise you’re in for a treat. This is a special meal that your Valentine is sure to love, and with a few simple touches, this easy, 10-minute meal can become a fancy, Valentine’s Day banquet.


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4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1 package Boursin cheese or herbed goat cheese, 4 ounces
1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
4 slices prosciutto

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Using a meat tenderizer, pound the chicken to 1/4-inch thick. Pat it dry and liberally season it with salt and pepper on both sides. Place a spoonful or two of Boursin on one end of each piece, top with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese, and roll the chicken up, starting at the cheese-topped end. Wrap the chicken with a slice of prosciutto and place in the baking dish seem-side down, so the prosciutto doesn’t unravel. Repeat with all of the pieces of chicken.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear when pierced with a fork or knife.

Recipe via Delish

Four Cheese Heart-Shaped Pepperoni Pizza
Pizza is an American favorite, and while it’s usually thought of as a casual type of meal, you can certainly add your own twists to spruce things up. If your Sweet Heart is a pizza lover, this might be their ideal version of the ultimate Valentine’s dinner and it will mean even more as a hand-crafted peace with special heart-shaped pepperonis.


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1 pizza dough, rolled out into a large (about 12”s across) circle
8 ounces mozzarella, shredded
3 ounces  Locatelli Romano Cheese, shredded
3 ounces Monterey Jack, shredded
2 ounces gorgonzola, crumbled
1/8 pound pepperoni, cut into heart shapes (optional!)
1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil, for drizzling

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees (F).

Roll the pizza dough to desired shape and place it on a large, lightly oiled baking sheet or a pizza stone.

Combine the mozzarella, Locatelli, and Monterey Jack in a large bowl.

Evenly distribute the cheese mixture over the crust. Top with pepperoni and gorgonzola, evenly distributing them around the top of the pie.

Drizzle with olive oil, and bake until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is completely melted, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Serve at once!

Recipe via Baker by Nature
These are just a few ideas to jump start your Valentine’s Day meal ideas. Do you have a traditional recipe that you make each year for your Valentine? How did you decide, and what do you make? What are your favorite dessert dishes for Valentine’s Day? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below!

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

A kitchen backsplash is almost a must these days. It adds color and personality to the contemporary kitchen and gives it a more edgy and upfront design. The color, material and location of your kitchen backsplash are all variables that depend on your specific kitchen layout and design. Do you want to make a bold statement with your backsplash? Or do you want something a little more conventional that makes your range hood seem to pop out from the wall and accentuate the stove and oven area? There are many different ways to do a kitchen backsplash and today we want to discuss some of those options, as well as what options may be right for you depending on your kitchen’s design and layout.

Backsplash Location
The backsplash location can really be anywhere you choose, but typically the backsplash lies against the wall above the counter and stove and goes up to beneath the range hood and higher cabinets. Sometimes, however, the backsplash can surround the kitchen or range from one end to the other and cross above the sink and other kitchen appliances.  Where your backsplash is located, and how far you want it to go is really up to you and depends on the structure of your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen or a kitchen with a big island center that includes a range hood, you may not have as much opportunity for a backsplash as other kitchens.

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Backsplash Colors
The backsplash colors are also up to your discretion, but they may be limited based on the type of material you choose for your backsplash (which we will discuss in the next section). Many people choose to go with a backsplash that will complement and accentuate there standing design and color themes, but others choose to use their backsplash as a way to make a bold statement. The choice is up to you, but we encourage you to think about the kind of tone you’re trying to set with your kitchen and what kind of statement you’d like to the design to make about you and your home.

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Backsplash Materials
Kitchen backsplash materials come in all shapes and sizes. Just a few of the very common materials used include glass, metal, wood, natural stone, mirrors, and brick; however, the most popular option for a kitchen backsplash, by far, remains tile. Tile has been a longstanding trend when it comes to the kitchen backsplash, and it continues to rule this realm of the kitchen. Think about what you would like to see in your kitchen day after day and what is going to stand the test of time. Styles change frequently, but some of the best designs stay popular. Also, think about the kind of work you’ll be doing in your kitchen and consider the materials that will be most suitable for this work. If you do a lot of cooking and use the counters, marble and mirror materials might become a cleaning and maintenance nightmare after time. On the other hand, wood may not stand the test of time and other materials have their faults, as well. Aside from testing the suitability of different materials, you may want to take samples and test them against your current design to get a real picture for ideal suitability.

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These are just a few of the most important things to consider when thinking about adding a backsplash to your kitchen design. Are you a fan of the kitchen backsplash? Do you have a backsplash in your kitchen or have you considered installing one before? What kind of things do you think need to be considered when choosing a backsplash design? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you.

5 Best Holiday Cookie Recipes

It’s that time of year again where almost everyone is doing cooking of some sort or another. Whether it’s crafting a delicious hand-made pie or rolling dough into delicious cookies, kitchens around the world are fired up and ready for the big day. A classic holiday favorite is cookies. It’s seems like you just can’t go wrong with cookies – pretty much everyone likes them, and even the non-chefs out there can usually find some pre-rolled dough to stick in the oven.

So, if you already know that you want to make some holiday cookies this year, but you’re not quite sure what kinds to make, we have some ideas. Based on Cooking Light’s 36 delicious Christmas cookie recipes, these are our favorite five!

Stain Glass Window Cookies
A bit out of the ordinary, we thought this idea was creative and adorable. Place them in decorative them strategically, and you’ll have a perfect cookie stain glass window for your guests to admire this year. Before they bite down and destroy it, that is.

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Classic Iced Sugar Cookies
It just wouldn’t feel like the holidays without the classic iced sugar cooking to add to your collection. Some people are picky, but almost everyone enjoys a good sugar cookie from time to time, and this one is sure to take the cake (literally, we mean).

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Giant Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Chocolate chip is another classic cookie, but it’s also something that most folks will enjoy, and you can make them your own by making them larger than life. It’s the holidays, and folks are loosening their belt buckles by a notch or two, so it’s the perfect time to go a little wild.

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Fudgy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Peppermint is a seasonal favorite and chocolate is a 24/7 favorite, so it’s hard to go wrong when you mix the two into a perfectly delectable cookie. The presentation is quaint and the flavor is moth watering. Try something new this year with some chocolate peppermint cookies.

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Truffle-Iced Sugar Cookies
There’s always got to be at least one melt-in-your-mouth cookie on the platter, and these truffle-iced sugar cookies are the ones. A delicious taste of the holidays, these cookies will be have your guests sneaking back to the platter for more.

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Enjoyed these recipes? These are just our top five out of a grand 36, presented by Cooking Light. But hey, don’t take our word for it – our top five might be different from your own. Check out www.cookinglight.com for detailed recipes for all the cookies above, as well as a storehouse of other amazing recipes for any and every meal you can imagine

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

If you’re like most people, you’ll probably be stuck with a lot of leftovers this Thanksgiving holiday season. Do you have a system for managing all the leftovers? Do you send each guest home with a dish, or maybe a little bit of everything? Does the majority of the food get thrown away or shoved down the garbage disposal? Or, do you end up cleaning out the fridge to make room for all the leftovers, but then somehow manage to end up throwing all that food away just a few weeks later?

What if you could plan out your Thanksgiving leftover meals without having to spend extra time in the kitchen or cooking a main-course meal to accompany all those side dishes? Below are some examples of great Thanksgiving leftover recipes that will help you conserve food while also saving yourself some work by enjoying some perfectly good food that is almost as delicious the day after Thanksgiving.

Day-After Turkey Soup
One of the most delicious and easiest recipes to make with your leftovers is turkey soup. Chicken soup and vegetable soup is a national favorite, and turkey is a tradition when it comes to food items on Thanksgiving. Combine both of those these, and turkey soup is the perfect day-after recipe. Cut up the turkey, thrown in some veggies, and you’re on your way to a delicious meal.

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Carcass of one turkey (about 1½ pounds) without skin
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 head garlic, halved crosswise
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 cups diced skinless turkey meat (white or dark meat)
½ pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½-dice
1 cup small dry pasta shape, such as ditalini
¼ cup loosely packed fresh dill spigs, chopped
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Kosher salt

Put the turkey carcass, broth, garlic, bay leaves and thyme in a large Dutch oven (cut carcass in pieces if necessary so it fits) and add enough water to cover by an inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; lower heat and simmer, uncovered, about 40 minutes. Strain the soup through a fine-mesh strainer into a large bowl; discard the solids. Add all but 2 cups of the broth back to the Dutch oven; reserve the remaining broth for another use (it will keep refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen up to 1 month).

Add the turkey meat, green beans, corn and sweet potatoes to the pot; cover and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Add the pasta and continue to cook, uncovered, until the pasta and potatoes are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the dill and pepper and season to taste with salt. Serve with the bread.

Recipe via Food Network

Turkey Pot Pie
Everyone loves a good pot pie, and luckily, Thanksgiving leftovers normally provide the perfect ingredients for a delicious pot pie. Have too many sides with a lot of turkey that you’re not sure what to do with? No worries! Just dump everything into a pot pie and enjoy.


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2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 tablespoons flour
4 cups chicken or turkey stock
2 potatoes, peeled diced
2 cups shredded turkey
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
½ cup frozen peas, thawed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt butter in saucepan and cook chopped onion until tender. Stir in celery and carrots and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add potatoes and simmer until tender. Stir in turkey, parsley and peas. Pour mixture into casserole. Top with pie crust and brush with egg. Bake for 30 minutes until crust is golden.

Recipe via Food Network

After-Thanksgiving Pizza
Pizza is a cornerstone of American food, and what could be better than creating a pizza from Thanksgiving leftovers? As long as you have chicken, turkey or sausage, some veggies, or anything else that could be thrown on top of a pizza, you have just what you need to make the perfect after-Thanksgiving pizza.


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1 (11 ounce) can of refrigerated thin pizza dough
Desired toppings

Preheat oven to 450°. Unroll dough; pat to an even thickness on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutesor until lightly browned. Top and bake as directed in recipes below.

Turkey Club Pizza: Stir together 1/4 cup mayonnaise and 3 Tbsp. refrigerated reduced-fat pesto sauce; spread over crust. Top with 2 cups cubed cooked turkey, 2 thinly sliced plum tomatoes, and 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion. Bake at 450° for 6 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded colby Jack cheese and 4 cooked and crumbled bacon slices. Bake until cheese melts. Top with chopped fresh avocado.

Mexican Pizza: Sauté 1/2 lb. sliced smoked chorizo sausage and 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet onion in 2 tsp. hot olive oil until onion is tender; drain. Combine 4 oz. softened cream cheese, 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, 1/2 tsp. lime zest, and 1 Tbsp. lime juice; spread over crust. Top with sausage mixture and 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels. Bake at 450° for 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro leaves.

Apple-Goat Cheese Pizza: Sauté 1 thinly sliced Granny Smith apple and 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion in 2 tsp. hot olive oil in a nonstick skillet until tender. Spread 1/3 cup fig preserves over crust. Top with apple mixture and 4 oz. crumbled goat cheese. Bake at 450° for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted. Top with 1 cup arugula and 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans.

Shrimp-Pesto Pizza: Spread 3 Tbsp. refrigerated pesto sauce over crust. Top crust with 1/2 lb. peeled and cooked, medium-size shrimp (4 1/50 count) and 1 cup halved grape tomatoes. Bake pizza at 450° for 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle pizza with 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil.

Recipe via My Recipes

As just a few of the possible recipe ideas that can come from Thanksgiving leftovers, we encourage you to be creative and come up with your own unique recipes to make out of your Thanksgiving leftovers this year. Be sure to let us know what you come up with in the comments below, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!