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November 20, 2003
Issue #003

*******Table of Contents:*******

1. Turkey Talk - Leftover Turkey Recipes
2. The First Thanksgiving Food
3. Birthday Idea - No Melt Ice Cream Cones
4. Cooking Tip - Stuffing Your Turkey


1. Turkey Talk - What To Do With Leftover Turkey

How did the turkey get its name? According to the author of Food in History, the turkey is originally from Central America. The turkey, known as "uexolotl," was taken back to Europe by the Spanish. Turkish merchants bought turkeys in Spain and sold them in England. The English began calling them "turkie-cocks" and later turkeys.

Whether you're roasting, grilling, smoking, or frying your turkey this Thanksgiving or Christmas, be sure and store your leftovers in the fridge within a few hours of cooking. Store the turkey and stuffing separately. Don't store longer than 2 or 3 days.

No need to waste your turkey once the main meal is over. There are many ways to make different and creative meals with your leftovers.

Here are a few leftover turkey recipes that I hope you and your family will enjoy:

Turkey with Orange Sauce

Leftover turkey slices
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed firmly
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 teasoon lemon juice
1/2 cup ornage juice
1 teaspoon olive oil

Mix together sugar and corn starch in a small saucepan. Then add the lemon juice and orange juice and stir over medium heat. Once the sauce is thick and bubbly, you can pour it over turkey slices and serve.

Turkey and Broccoli Bake

1 8-ounce package of frozen broccoli (or 2 large broccoli spears cut up)
leftover turkey slices
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/4 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon sage or thyme

Boil broccoli until tender (but not mushy). Line the bottom of a 9X13 inch casserole dish with broccoli spears. Cover with turkey slices.

In a saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time, stirring constantly. Then add milk and chicken broth, stir, and cook for five minutes or so. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add sage or thyme. Pour sauce over broccoli and turkey using a ladel.

Cover dish and bake in a 325F degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

1 8 ounce package Pepperidge Farm stuffing
1/2 stick melted butter or margarine, melted
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can Milnot
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups diced turkey
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1/2 onion, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Mix the stuffing and margarine together and divide in half. Line the bottom of a greased 9X13X2 inch casserole dish with half the stuffing mixture. Set aside the rest of the stuffing mixture. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl and spread over the stuffing. Then spread the rest of the stuffing on top and gently pat.

Bake in a 350F degree oven for 30 minutes.

2. The First Thank You Feast

It was 1621 when the American colonists at Plymouth and the Wampanoag Indians shared the harvest feast. Americans now know the feast as the first Thanksgiving and celebrate the feast with gusto.

The vegetables of the New World adorn the Thanksgiving dinner table: potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, and pumpkins. According to the History Channel, the first Thanksgiving table had more meats than vegetables. Colonists didn't have much, if any, sugar and couldn't have made cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie. In fact, with no ovens, they couldn't have baked anything. The meal probably included spit roasted wild game and maybe some seafood.

I've compiled some of my family's favorite Thanksgiving recipes that I hope your kids will enjoy too. Click here for Thanksgiving food recipes.

3. Birthday Idea - No Melt Ice Cream Cones

In addition to a birthday cake, why not make cupcakes with a twist. Here's an idea my kids love. Use leftover cake batter or whip up a cake mix. Pour batter into flat bottom ice cream cones leaving about 1/4 of the top of the cone empty. Bake in a 350F degree oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. The batter will rise and the cupcakes will look like ice cream cones. Have a bowl with different colored icing and toppings and let kids decorate their own cones.

4. Cooking Tip - Stuffing Your Turkey

When preparing your stuffing, make sure all ingredients are cooked thoroughly before stuffing your turkey. Stuff loosely and use a meat thermometer. Delicious stuffing is sure to be a kid pleaser during the holidays.

Wild Rice Stuffing

1 onion, diced
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups wild rice, cooked
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon marjoram
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions and mushrooms in oil. Stir in wild rice. Add spices and salt and pepper to taste. Loosely stuff the cavity of the turkey. Rub turkey with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

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Happy Turkey Day and Happy Kid Cooking!

Clarissa, mom chef
Easy Kids Recipes

P.S. I'll have some Christmas cookie recipes in the next issue of Recipes Express.