I don’t know about you, but I personally feel that even better than the Thanksgiving meal itself are the leftovers. Who’s with me? I even go to the point of roasting an extra-large turkey and including more sides than my family of five needs just so that we can have those yummy leftovers. Aside from just heating them up the next day, I try to make creative meals with them. Today I’m sharing a couple of options of what you can do with those leftovers.
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Do you have a bunch of squash on hand? Freeze it for later! Freezing spaghetti squash is super easy and takes less than an hour from start to finish. It’s a great way to save your favorite gourd for winter. After you learn how to freeze spaghetti squash, be sure to scroll down to the bottom for some excellent recipe ideas.
I’m starting this recipe with a confession. I am not known for my astounding cooking abilities. I can grow it, I can preserve it, but I tend to be a disaster in the kitchen. Why am I sharing this? Why am I letting you know that I’m real? Because that way you know you can handle any recipe I share here on The 104 Homestead. This broccoli rice casserole is a perfect example.
Summer is winding down and before you know it all the glorious fresh herbs we’ve been taking advantage of will no longer be available. It’s time to talk about how to dry herbs. You can simply bring them indoors and hang them as bundles from hooks (I like doing this with lavender). You can also make racks/screens like these ones. When you need to preserve a lot at a time, it’s easiest to dry herbs with a dehydrator.
I love dill pickle spears. I prefer spears over coins because they stay crisper. Yes, late at night I sneak to the kitchen to eat them right out of the jar. Shhh, don’t tell my children. There are a lot of dill pickle recipe ideas online, but there is something they all lack. The secret to a crispy pickle. Leaves. Plant leaves.
Specifically, I am referring to grape leaves. Grape leaves contain tannins that inhibit a naturally occurring enzyme in cucumbers that cause them to soften. Other types of leaves (such as oak and cherry) work, but may cause a bitter taste in your pickles.
My friend brought by some flax seed crackers for me to try and I was instantly smitten. Her’s were a straight flax seed cracker, but it got me thinking about the wonderful potential for this amazing potato chip alternative. Based on the seasonings you add, you can tailor them any topping you have on hand (hummus, goat cheese, salsa, dip) or eat them just as they are.