Monday, November 15, 2010

Turkey Leftovers

I love this time of year when it's easy to get my hands on a cheap turkey that I can then use the receipt to submit an awesome rebate on.  I paid $3.42 for a 14 pound bird this year that I will receive a $10 rebate on.  That's a $6 money making turkey!   Yeehaw.  I'm sure Micheal Pollan (author of Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) and others of the anti-industrialized food movement would shake his head in disgust at me for not buying a local/sustainable bird but this money making bird is one deal that is just too hard to pass up!  Besides, we grow a good portion of our vegetables on our little homestead so we are doing what we can, where we can, with the budget we have.

I'm not hosting Thanksgiving this year.   My dad and his partner is.  So that means, like last year, I have to figure out what the heck to do with the huge bird in my refrigerator.  No one wants to eat turkey for days straight, at least my family doesn't. 

Last year I roasted our turkey and then separated the meat and fork shredded it into 1 lb. portions.  I used the meat periodically to make turkey quesadillas (about every other week or so) for 3 months.  It was pretty incredible how long it lasted us and it was super convenient too. 

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This year I'm hoping to shake it up a bit. Perhaps I'll try a turkey posole, enchiladas or a hearty stew?  Do you know of any healthy turkey leftover recipes I should try?  Please do share.  I'm looking for ideas!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Guess I lied... another Monday Garden Update

I thought there wouldn't be much going on in the garden after the last post but there is.  We had our first frost on Saturday night so we had to go out and get the remaining eggplant and peppers before they all shriveled up.

After Nick mowed down the garden last month some interesting things started to pop up when the plants didn't have a foot of grass to compete with.  Apparently, I failed to get a few blue potatoes and they have started to come up.

A second crop of musclun mix is coming up where we had it this season.  Gotta love nature!  These are so yummy and I love that I didn't plant them!  They are hardy through light frosts so we will be eating these babies quickly.

We also have a bunch of garlic coming up where it was planted earlier this year.  They are in concentrated bunches.  I'm not sure if I should just chuck 'em or if I should thin them out or not touch them and see what happens?

We planted purple onions two or three weeks ago and they have popped up.  We even had some onions pop up where we had onions before.  Hopefully they will get enough of a start before winter comes so we'll have a nice spring crop of those. 

We put row covers over our planted musclun mix (not the stuff that popped up on its on) and the roquette for frost protection.  Hopefully we'll have salad greens for the next month, maybe two?  :)