Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

My long-time go-to wild rice casserole, perfect with after-Thanksgiving leftover turkey. So let’s talk turkey.We perch in separate broods, the crowd which loves Thanksgiving dinner and the gang which holds out for Thanksgiving leftovers. Last year, I might have been the happiest person not cooking a turkey. That’s because I stuffed myself at dinner and then came home with the carcass of a fifteen-pound bird that the next day yielded ten cups of stock and nearly as much meat.So keep your brined and roasted and smoked and deep-fried turkeys fresh-sliced for the holiday table.Just send me home with nothing but bones to feast for weeks, starting with sandwiches and warmed-overs before moving onto hot soup and pot pie and exotic-sounding, if you think about it, plain-fare turkey tetrazzini (like my mom's recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini) and turkey enchiladas.But most years, the choice is a comfort-food casserole, a one-dish supper that’ll hold over the leftover-lovin’ turkeys til next year…

Turnip Puff or Rutabaga Puff:
Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes

A tasty purée of root vegetables, either purple-topped turnips or, as pictured here, the lovely sunny-fleshed rutabagas. A favorite Thanksgiving vegetable recipe from my Canadian family. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

"Delicious! This is my niece's favorite casserole and [now] one of ours as well." ~Joan
What're you waiting for?! The Facts of LifeOne small boy to another: "Of course I know the facts of life! Wash your hands. Brush your teeth. Eat your vegetables." No Bucking TraditionIn some families, it’s a fact of life that it’s risky to buck tradition at Thanksgiving. Every year, it’s Grandma’s same cornbread stuffing and Cousin Isabelle’s favorite sweet potatoes.Here, the requisite vegetable has been my Auntie Gloria’s Squash Puff. Then I learned that she and my Canadian family have supplanted squash with turnip.Both are fall vegetables. Both versions are mashed. But somehow a squash puff and a turnip puff are entirely different. And since ther…

White Chicken Chili

What could be better on a cold night than a bowl of homemade White Chicken Chili, especially one made extra-easy with a rotisserie chicken or even leftover Thanksgiving turkey? White Chicken Chili is packed with goodness, pulled chicken breast, poblanos, green chilis, corn and creamy white beans.

Fresh & Seasonal. Hearty & Filling. Weight Watchers Friendly. High Protein.

Acorn Squash with Quinoa & Cherries

The Recipe: Acorn squash stuffed with protein-rich nutty-tasting quinoa [pronounced KEEN-wah], slightly sweet with dried cherries or cranberries, maple syrup and fall spices. A great choice for Meatless Monday during the fall. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real.The Conversation: What, exactly, is "tepid water"? And what in heavens does it have in common with quinoa?!
"... to die for ... my family's first experience with quinoa, and they raved ..." ~ Anonymous True Story.Late on a Friday, shoppers trolled the aisles in a nearby grocery whose shelves are lined with hard-to-find international ingredients as coveted by gourmet cooks as appreciated by immigrants longing for familiar tastes of home.One shopper studied his list, peered at labels, checked the list again. An observant grocery manager asked to help, thought for a moment but shook his head. “Naw, we don’t carry that.” Then his face brightened. “Whole Foods!” he said, naming the upscale organic ma…