Well, Thanksgiving 2011 has come and gone, and now many of us are searching for new ways to use leftover turkey. Below is a recipe I have used. It’s an Emeril Lagasse recipe that I found on the Food Network website. Though it says chicken, I have found it works well for turkey, too. I’d love to know what our ancestors’ favorite ways to use leftovers were. Thanksgiving has been a national holiday since 1863, when Abe Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of the month of November be put aside for a day of thanks (note: In 1941, congress officially moved the date to the fourth Thursday of November). So there are 150 years of family leftover secrets to be uncovered–an impossible task, unfortunately!
I hope to dig out Grandma’s old cookbook in time for some pre-Christmas posts this coming month. I know her fudge recipe is in there as are some other holiday treats. She was quite the baker apparently. Shame I never knew that side of her, as she was very elderly when I appeared on this planet. In any case, best wishes to all as we continue enjoying the beauty of this Thanksgiving season.