“You know what I’m thankful for, Aunt Tracy?” asked my niece.
“All this leftover Turkey!” she beamed as I surveyed the inside of my refrigerator.
I gave her a withering smile. I’m always thankful for a little bit of leftover turkey. But this year, we had so much turkey leftover, we needed a veritable chicken coop to keep it in. It seemed like I was on a holiday roll. I bought too much candy for Halloween and too much turkey for Thanksgiving. Naturally, with so much leftover food to eat, there was also starting to be too much Tracy around my middle.
I stared at all containers and baggies of turkey and wondered what I could do to use it in a way that wouldn’t have my family start gobbling in protest. If there were a recipe for turkey with candy, I’d be golden.
“What should we do with the Turkey?” I asked her.
“What do you mean?”
“Its fun to come up with new ways to serve the turkey after Thanksgiving so you don’t feel like you are having Thanksgiving dinner at every meal,” I explained.
She looked around the kitchen for inspiration.
“We could put it in the blender and make Turkey Shakes.”
I shook my head. Even if we added chocolate syrup, the idea made me slightly nauseated.
“We could freeze it on popsicle sticks and make Frozen Turkey Pops.” She said enthusiastically.
I wrinkled up my nose.
“Peanut Butter and Turkey sandwiches?” she suggested. I’m definitely from the “Everything Tastes Better with Peanut Butter” school, but this concept just seemed to defy the theory.
At that point, I realized that getting recipe suggestions from a ten year-old might not be the best idea.
“I’m sorry Sweetie. I just don’t think any of those will work.”
“Well, what do YOU think we should do with the Turkey?” she asked.
I closed the refrigerator door and smiled.
“Leave it in the fridge and eat the leftover Halloween candy, instead.”
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