I do not care how much you claim to lovvvvvvve Thanksgiving dinner — at a certain point, eating the same damn leftovers everyday gets OLD. For a period of time growing up, I actually hated Thanksgiving dinner because I knew we would be eating it the day after Thanksgiving, the day after the day after Thanksgiving, the day after the day after the day after Thanksgiving, and so on. My parents weren’t huge foodies so it didn’t occur to them to take the leftovers and turn them into something different. But YOU CAN. Here are 10 ways to reuse that leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce and stuffing so that no one at your table whines, “Aww man, Thanksgiving dinner again?!”
This Thanksgiving, make it your mission to blow your hard-to-impress in-laws or crotchety relatives away with something other than the expected bottle of wine or pumpkin pie. May we recommend that you come armed to Thanksgiving dinner with a simple side dish that is super easy to make, but seems like you slaved away all day over. We can’t guarantee that these people will admire you year-round, but at least they’ll be impressed for one night. That’s something. Click through for some ideas for sides that shows off your cooking skills (as paltry as they may be) and ingenuity.
The holidays remind us of family get-togethers sharing food, laughter and bonding. But if you are a food addict, the holidays may be one big, guilt-ridden binge. Food addicts think about food and have memories of food too, but they will most likely be linked with memories of hiding it, being punished by withdrawal of food, or being abandoned from loving relationships and using eating as a means of comfort. With all of these complicated issues surrounding the act of eating, it’s no wonder the holidays are so stressful for people who struggle with food addictions. The frenzy and excitement brings stress, and food addicts comfort and calm their stress with food. How can you help if you are addicted, married to or know a food addict during the holidays? Click her to read an expert’s advice on Your Tango…
For the first time since 1888, the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. Because this might not happen again until the year 79,811, we’d better play dreidel for squares of pumpkin pie and put gourd stems in our menorahs while we have the chance. Click through for some yummy Thanksgivukkah recipes for this once-in-a-lifetime holiday.
In honor of Movember, that great month where men grow their lip sweaters for charity, pastry chef, Miss Insomnia Tulip of Lou Lou P’s Delights, has transformed Burt Reynolds into a cream-filled pastry. The bizarre eclair features a recreation of Reynolds’ famous 1972 Cosmo spread where he posed naked on a bearskin rug. I’m assuming that his mustache and excessive amounts of body hair are made of fondant, but still, this dessert only slightly more appetizing than those STD cupcakes. [Photo: Splash News]
“Thanksgiving appetizer” might seem like an oxymoron, because, well, the entire day is dedicated to stuffing yourself. Do you really need a snack before the main event? I say yes, for a few reasons. Firstly, if you munch a bit throughout the day, you’ll be less likely to completely gorge yourself at dinner (at least in theory). Secondly, being interrogated about your relationship status by your great aunt is infinitely more bearable while eating a delicious dip. Plus, as a Thanksgiving guest, bringing a fun appetizer is a surefire way to feel like you contributed something, even if the host refuses any help with the actual dinner. Sound good? Click through for 10 super easy Thanksgiving appetizer recipes!