Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Refrigerator, We Have a Problem

Namely, I've blown through all my Thanksgiving leftovers.

The first night it was Turkey Tortilla Soup.

The second night it was Turkey Enchiladas.

This morning I used up the last three cups of stuffing in a frittata recipe that I featured in last year's post-Thanksgiving post. That leaves only about two cups of mashed potatoes which will soon find their way into soup, bread, or be fried in little cakes.

If you're still fortunate enough to have some leftovers, check out these easy recipes.

Turkey Tortilla Soup
1 c. chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
2 c. shredded turkey
1 c. corn (optional)
1/4 c. wine
Pinch of crushed red peppers
1 t cumin
1 t Worcestershire sauce
1 t chili powder
2 (14.25-ozs cans) chicken broth or equivalent
1 can diced tomatoes OR 1 lg can tomato sauce or 1 jar salsa

Saute onions and garlic in Tbsp olive oil in a soup pot. Add everything else. Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. Serve topped with shredded cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips. 4-5 servings.

Turkey Enchiladas
1 c. sour cream
sprinkle of cilantro to taste
1.5 t cumin
2 c diced cooked turkey
2 c shredded cheddar, separated into 1 c for filling and 1 c for topping.
1/2 jar salsa

6 8-inch flour tortillas
6 ozs cream cheese, cut into long slices
can enchilada sauce

Combine filling ingredients. Divide into equal portions. Fill each tortilla, laying a strip of cream cheese on top. Line the enchiladas up in an 8x8 pan and pour enchilada sauce over. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes until cheese browns.

My other food-related problem is that the Bellevue Farmers Market season has ended (alas). I continue to buy my meats, poultry and eggs through the Skagit River Ranch Bellevue Buyers Club (delivered monthly to a centralized Bellevue location), but if I want local produce and specialty foods, I'll have to venture to another farmers market. It just so happens that a college student in Santa Barbara has developed a helpful tool to locate farmers markets for those times when we are out and about.

The program, called "Find the Data," allows you to enter "Bellevue" under the Location (state, city, or zip) field. Choose Bellevue, Washington, hit Enter, and a list of local markets pops up. Although clicking on a market name will not give you the hours and start and end dates, if any, there is a link to that market's particular website. It's a work in progress, and a helpful start!

During the Market off-season I'll be keeping up with the weekly posts on food, nutrition, foodie book reviews, and more, so check back often.

1 comment:

  1. The farmers market tool is really helpful!


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