Friday is garbage day in our neighborhood so the last of Thanksgiving either went into the disposal, out to the trash or down my gullet last night so hopefully by the time I get home the house won’t smell like a dead bird. Every year we spend 24 hours or more building a feast that gets eaten in 20 minutes, which is the length of halftime of a football game and I’m starting to think…that’s not a coincidence. The days after Thanksgiving are the best because your family and friends are gone…and you still have food so, like you, I have spent the last week feasting on turkey day leftovers as creatively as possible but I’m out of ideas…and I’ve learned that turkey chunks are not a good replacement for chocolate chips in cookies. In an effort to de-turkey the house, this week we’ve made sandwiches, omelets, casseroles, salads and soups to empty the refrigerator. We even tried to make stuffing muffins but they just ended up looking like something that dropped out of a giraffe. Chicken and waffles is considered a delicacy in certain parts of the country so why does turkey and waffles taste like feet? And you really can’t put an ethnic spin on Thanksgiving Day leftovers because I put a layer of mashed potatoes on a tortilla and wrapped it around a turkey leg…but that didn’t make it a taco. I also tried mixing the leftover yams, potatoes and stuffing and forming them into a kind of fritter and frying them up. I think they might have tasted OK but, once again, I couldn’t get past the visual because they looked like something that had already been eaten. I also saw a recipe where you lay mashed potatoes on top of rice, sprinkle turkey and cranberry sauce on top and roll it up for some turkey sushi and I was going to try it until I realized I’d be eating the carb equivalent of Moscow. Anyway, I’ve now tried to do so many things this week with the leftovers I can no longer remember how Thanksgiving dinner tasted. Clearly, most of America either makes too much of some things or we’re making things nobody likes. If you’re slipping in things like turnips and rutabagas…this means you. These are the only conclusions that can be drawn looking at the multitude of leftovers. There’s rarely much leftover pumpkin pie or ambrosia because those are both sugar-based foods…and everyone likes whipped cream. It’s always the damn starches and the fact that you cooked a turkey the size of a jeep for 5 people. I felt like I was peeling potatoes for most of the night on Wednesday and I remember thinking, “Are we shipping some of these to Cambodia?” because we can’t eat this many mashed potatoes before Easter rolls around. As it is on Thanksgiving we eat until we’re in pain, pass out on the couch and then wake up and eat some more. Most of us are still full on Saturday when we’re out hanging up Christmas lights because the law says that Christmas lights have to be hung the weekend after Thanksgiving…I think that’s the Third Amendment. I know it’s real close to the gun one.
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