Hello, holly jolly readers! Are you holly jolly-roly poly from all the delicious Christmas eating? I know I sure am! I know that I will soon have to reintroduce myself to my treadmill, but I have thoroughly enjoyed all the Chrsitmas goodies (yes, lots of them peppermint this year!) and all the wonderful holiday meals.
Are you like me, in that you have lots of turkey and ham left? Or, maybe just the giant turkey and ham bones? I have done some cooking this week, using up every last yummy morsel of turkey and ham. I thought I'd share those recipes with you!
For the over-the-top delicious Honeybaked Ham, I made my dad some Ham and Beans. This recipe is my favorite combination--sweet/spicy. I'll never make great northern beans again without brown sugar and cayenne pepper! I used quite a bit of little ham pieces (that were left on the bone)--so our Ham and Beans was the main course. And as a good Southern girl, of course there was cornbread to go with it! Important Indelicate Note: I don't know how else to say this...but to make your beans less, er, gassy please click here to find helpful hints.
For the leftover turkey, I made Gumbo Style Turkey Creole. I made this meal for my parents, and since my mom is allergic to shellfish, pork, and beef (tragic, I know!!!), I thought it would be fun to try a chicken--or turkey--gumbo. This recipe just hit the spot! YUM. I did modify it a bit, according to lots of the reviews, and added a can of chicken broth, used turkey in place of the chicken, and added some okra. Because, what is gumbo without okra? It's gumbo that sits on a throne of lies... (name that movie)
For the gumbo, I made my FAVORITE (yes I'm yelling it!!!) Sticky Rice. I seriously am in love with this rice. Regular rice is dead to me. Dead, I say. This is the recipe I use...I especially love that it is a picture recipe. Even though I have made this rice about 25 times now, I still have to look at the pittures every single time. I guess I'm slow! If you're like me, and forget where the recipe is located, just Google "How to cook rice." And, magically, it will appear!
What leftover foods are still hanging around your house? If you say homemade fudge, and need of a good disposal technique--please ship it directly to MarytheKay, and I will *assist* you in that disposal! (Oh, you just think I'm kidding.)
Do you have any favorite recipes, using leftover holiday food? I'd LOVE to hear about them!
Now, go ye forth and enjoy your New Year's weekend. Now, I'm not tellin ya to get all wild and crazy on New Year's Eve. Like my daddy always used to tell me, as I'd leave the house on a date or a night out... "Remember who you are, and whose you are!" And then he'd give my date the stink eye, and pat the pistol in his holster.