Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for so many blessings but at this moment I’m most thankful to relax. I can put up my feet, savor another pomegranate cocktail and watch good-boy hubbie clean the kitchen.
Sigh – not just yet. Richard’s gripping that picked-plucked turkey in a vice, making moves to discard it in the trash.
“Drop that bird and put the carcass in the pot!”
Did he forget the value in those bones? That carcass will make the best soup of the year! My job isn’t over until the turkey bones, stray bits and juices are in my largest pot, simmering on the stove.
This recipe is loosey-goosey, the ultimate “kitchen sink” soup, as the end result largely depends on your holiday leftovers. I used my leftover turkey meat, “Wild Rice, Fennel and Sausage” stuffing as well as leftover “Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Mushrooms”–the mashed potatoes slightly thickening the stock into a silky, savory brew.
Five years since inception and Simmer and Smoke is available in paper and Kindle, with other formats on the wing. Mallory, Shelby and Miss Ann are, at last, alive. A feeling akin to childbirth? Not quite. It’s more like a funeral and I’m mourning their loss. I can’t revisit my people––give Mallory another pill washed down with booze; push Shelby … Full recipe post »
Happy Memorial Day! Perhaps the long weekend will offer you more time to relax and fire up the grill, and the following recipe for Hot Slaw and Shoulder Sliders has been a family favorite for generations. My millennial son, Zan, is getting married to Lucy in 4 weeks, I’m hosting a party the night before the wedding, the boy wants mama’s … Full recipe post »
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