Stop Holiday Food Waste With These Recipe Remixes

Stop Holiday Food Waste With These Recipe Remixes

Stop Food Waste Leftover Remix

Throw out your Thanksgiving leftovers? Think again! You may have a few dishes that you can breathe new life into before it’s time to toss. Take a look and see how you can reduce holiday food waste!

I try to reduce food waste with my lovingly prepared holiday meals where possible, and I’m sure you’ll agree that it feels good to create new dishes instead of throwing out leftovers!

Freezing leftover turkey and sides will extend the life of the leftovers and create new foundations for future dishes.

November 29th is observed as “Throw Out Your Leftovers Day” and I say repurpose what you can safely and deliciously!

As a reminder, always follow the latest USDA guidelines on safe leftover consumption and when in doubt, toss it out!

Turkey Ravioli With Homemade Ricotta

Making ravioli is easier than you think when you pick up wonton wrappers in advance of this recipe remix. This recipe works whether you have leftover chicken OR leftover turkey…It’s PERFECT!

And if you need a homemade ricotta recipe, I have that, too.

Yum! Monte Cristo Sandwiches after Thanksgiving!

Jorj’s Monte Cristo

The Monte Cristo sandwich is a sweet-meets-savory classic that’s so yummy, it’s been on Disneyland’s Blue Bayou and Tahitian Terrace menus since 1966!

My recipe calls for turkey and ham – or just one of the two – generous amounts of sweet cranberry sauce, and slices of Muenster cheese – made in a cast iron skillet.

Leftover Turkey Shepard’s Pie

Who says you can’t transform those last scraps of turkey into a HEAVENLY Shepard’s Pie? When you follow my instructions and pipe the sweet potato onto the top of the casserole dish in artful little dollops, compliments will follow! Substitute the lamb for your turkey and you’ll be set.

Leftover Potatoes, So Many Ways!

Don’t settle for potatoes one way when you can make potatoes into several delightful dishes, like leftover Mashed Potato Croquettes or a hearty Breakfast Skillet with Glazed Eggs!

It’s not hard to find an excuse to eat more pototoes…but if you need ideas to jazz up your leftover potatoes, you have come to the right place!

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This Chicken Liver Recipe Will Cure Your Foodie Fears

This Chicken Liver Recipe Will Cure Your Foodie Fears

Face Your Foodie Fears

Face your foodie fears with this Chicken Liver Mousse recipe, a timeless party appetizer that I’ve been enjoying since I was a kid! You’ll be surprised how easy (and tasty) chicken liver can be.

I grew up eating chopped chicken liver. Mom or Gram would sauté the livers with some onions and garlic, add diced hard-boiled egg and swirl in spoonful’s of Miracle Whip. Dad would mold the final product into football shapes for game watching, or into silver dishes for holidays.

We would slather up pieces of pumpernickel bread and chow down. I LOVE chopped liver.

I can see you right now.

You’re turning up your nose at the thought of eating chicken livers.

I’m here to tell you that it’s time to overcome those fears and love you some liver.

Chopped liver may not be your thing, but a fine liver mousse made with shallots and sherry and apples, is just the perfect appy for your next entertaining event.

Let me show you how easy it is to make.

Chicken Liver Mousse

Servings

A Crowd

 

Ready In:

30 Minutes Plus Chilling

Good For:

Party Appetizers
Entertaining
Fall/Winter

Ingredients:

4 slices thick-cut bacon (I like maple bacon)
1 pound chicken livers
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large shallots, peeled and diced
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
½ cup dry sherry
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon allspice
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature, ½ stick
½ cup half and half
¼ cup apricot jam
Baguette slices

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Add the bacon to a skillet over medium heat and cook until crisp on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon to paper towels.

Add the chicken livers to the skillet and cook until browned all over. Season with salt and pepper. You
want the liver to still be a little pink in the center, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in the same skillet. Add the shallots, apple, and sherry. Season with thyme,
allspice, salt, and pepper. Cook until the sherry reduces and the shallots an apple are soft, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to the food processor. Add in the bacon and pulse to blend everything together. Add
in the butter. With the machine running slowly pour in the cream. You will have a smooth, spreadable mixture. You may add more cream if needed.

The mousse will firm up when refrigerated, so it can be a little loose at this point. Pour into ramekins or small bowls. Spread a small amount of jam over the top.

This will prevent discoloring of the liver. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for several hours, or
even better, overnight. Let the mousse come to room temperature before serving with slices of baguette or crackers.

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Southern Supper Book Club: “Big Lies in a Small Town”

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It’s National Book Lover’s Day and my book club party planner is here! Host a Southern-style book club supper with “Big Lies In A Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain and these recipes from my cookbooks.

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I must admit, I was captivated by this book from the first sentence. After all the main character’s first name is Morgan.

Her surname is Christopher (name of my middle son) and her boyfriend’s name is Trey (name of oldest son). There’s a Jon in there somewhere, I’m sure!

The extra pull is that the novel is set in my adopted state of North Carolina jumping back and forth from the early forties and to the present. But it is the writing that really captures the reader. You feel like the characters are your peers. You find yourself dancing in a time warp while you are cheering for the heroine(s).

This is my next pick for our Super Supper Book Club. Gather your readers, give them the title and dole out the recipes for what will be a roller coaster discussion and meal.

Morgan Christopher’s life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit; she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women’s Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold―until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.

I already cooked up some questions for your Super Supper Book Club gathering…

  • After a year, you get your hands on a cell phone for the first time. Who do you call? 
  • Was it brave or crazy for Jesse’s family to aid Anna?
  • Does Morgan ever come to accept that alcohol is a problem for her, or does she simply comply with her parole requirements?

My Southern inspiration for this Super Supper Book Club menu is Jesse’s family’s Sunday dinner. I take the liberty of substituting Anna’s least favorite vegetable (collard greens) with my delicious recipe for Swiss chard. I exchange corn on with cob for creamed corn. In place of stewed tomatoes liberated from the family’s root cellar, I substitute slow roasted cherry tomatoes.

The author didn’t mention a dessert, but I bet the farm, there was strawberry shortcake somewhere, sometime on Sundays. My swaps are allowed, because all these recipes are rooted in my love of the South. Lest there be controversary during the discussion, keep those paintbrushes close to allow everyone to express themselves.

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Super Supper Book Club Menu: “Big Lies in a Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain

Fried Chicken Basket

Sunday Best Dishes, page 71

Creamy Smashed Parmesan Potatoes

Sunday Best Dishes, page 280

Braised Rainbow Chard

Canvas and Cuisine, page 124

Old-Fashioned Cream Corn

Fresh Traditions, page 208

Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Fresh Traditions, page 205

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Southern-Style Strawberry Shortcake

Canvas and Cuisine, page 331

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