Leftover Turkey Idea — BRILLIANT!

I am sorry for the poor pictures… I am sorry that this post is about two weeks late…. better late than never (which is really becoming the motto at our place lately!)  This one is just too good to not post.

Maybe some of you will eat a turkey for Christmas… if so you have to try this out.  For years, I have always had leftover turkey.  We try sandwiches, and all types of things.  Usually the turkey is completely dried out and quite frankly, I sit and wonder how a bird can taste so good on one day and be completely gross the next time around, and the third and fourth time around!  That, my friends, is a thing of the past!!!  I have my wonderful neighbor to thank for this fantastic idea.

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Sorry for the shadow… I was doing good to snap this photo!

While you are cleaning up your Thanksgiving dinner, and trying to find containers to put all your leftovers in, try this:  Dice your turkey into small cubes and put it in the bottom of a large baking dish.  We had leftover carrots, so I cut those up into small pieces as well, and layered them over the turkey.  Then I took my leftover gravy and poured it over the top of the turkey and the carrots.  ( You could really add just about any vegetable that you had in with this.)  Then, I took all my leftover potatoes, and scooped them on the top of the gravy… Ah Haa… you see where we are going with this, don’t ya?  Shepherds pie idea isn’t it?!?!?!  I then put tin foil over the top, threw it into the refrigerator.  The next day when we wanted dinner, I took it out, placed it in the oven for a little while, and we totally had another Thanksgiving dinner all in one!  It was DELICIOUS!!!  In fact, it fed my family of nine TWICE!  Once on Friday and then again on Sunday after church!!!  Not one person complained!  The turkey never once dried out!  They lapped it up so fast, I was doing good to get these few pictures!!!  I can’t wait to cook another turkey again….. Leftovers will never be the same! CAM00793

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Chicken, Alfredo, Oh My!

When you go to a fancy Italian restaurant and your husband orders Alfredo…. Then when you leave the place and your husband tells you that he likes YOUR Alfredo better…. That is PURE bliss!!!

I am going to share that pure bliss with you!  Are you ready for the easiest, TASTIEST Alfredo you can imagine?  Here you go:

1     8 oz package of cream cheese

1 cube of butter

1 C of shredded Parmesan cheese

1    1/2 C of milk — I don’t use anything less than 2 percent… for ANYTHING…. that watered down stuff is banned at my house!

 You might want to double it and keep some in the fridge for those late nights when you really need something to munch on… I have to admit it is even good cold… straight from the fridge…. That’s what 7 children and insanity can do to a gal!!

Put it in a microwave safe bowl and heat and stir occasionally until smooth and creamy! I like to use my hand mixer when it is nearly “there” to get it super creamy.  This is  Super, SUPER easy and super, SUPER tasty!  If you like mushrooms, throw a few of those in there…. I don’t…so I don’t put ’em in there!  I also like to sprinkle parsley flakes in it just before serving and give it a good stir.

My favorite way to serve it is with breaded chicken breasts or nuggets and pasta.  Occasionally, I pour it on the chicken while it is cooking and then for the last 10 minutes or so, I’ll take it out and add cut up tomatoes and sprinkle the top of it with mozzarella cheese and put it back in the oven for just a few more minutes.

I always cook my breaded chicken breasts at 400 for about 30 minutes.  Pretty darn easy…. Too bad I don’t have Italian music, a red checkered table-cloth,  and droopy candlesticks to put on my table!!!

Tiny Spicy/Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Happy Chinese New Year!!!

What?  Wait?  It isn’t?  Oh bummer!  I was hopeful that it was!  It would serve as a WONDERFUL excuse to  share my next recipe with you!  However, that’s OK!  This next recipe is so good, you don’t need to wait for a  special occasion to make it!!  This is the one sure dinner recipe that my husband ALWAYS loves and NEVER critiques!

Once again, I came across this sauce… somewhere… ages ago!  My disclaimer is… if it is yours, thanks!  It is truly AMAZING!  I usually double or quadruple this recipe.  It stores wonderfully well in the refrigerator for those nights you are looking for something super quick!

In a medium saucepan, combine the following ingredients:

1 1/2 C sugar

3/4 C ketchup

6 Tb brown sugar

1 1/5 T soy sauce

3/4 C chicken broth — I just use 3/4 C of water and put about a tsp of chicken bullion in it.

3/4 C white vinegar

1 -2 tsp chili paste — “Sambal Oelek” (found in the Chinese food section) Now for the paste, you need to be careful!

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It is super hot and a little goes a long ways!  I have also discovered that if I omit the paste, it makes the best Sweet and Sour sauce as well!  My kids LOVE to dip their chicken nuggets in this stuff!
Bring your ingredients to a slow boil.  You want your sugars to dissolve.  At this point, I take a heaping large table-spoon of starch and mix it with about a 3/4 cup of water.  Mix it into a paste.  When your sauce begins to boil, add your starch.  The sauce will thicken up almost immediately.  Serve it over your chicken and enjoy!  Our favorite way to have it is to use the pre-breaded chicken breast bought at the store.  I can cook those up in about 30 minutes, while cooking my rice.  If the sauce is already in the refrigerator, all I need do is take out what I need and reheat it in the microwave.  Serve it over the chicken and rice and you will find a good reason to go and celebrate a New Years… ANY DAY!!!