We usually have way too much food for Thanksgiving. But we know that in advance. One of the reasons we overcook is so we have leftovers. I don’t know exactly why, but I enjoy leftovers way more than I enjoy the food the first time around. And despite the fact that I know it’s nice to give departing guests a doggie bag, I get rather possessive of my leftovers…
Our Thanksgiving was a small affair this year. Recent events – the hurricane, my dad being in the hospital, relatives unable to travel – made for a really quiet and somewhat somber holiday. We lost the pleasure of the company of our older son to his girlfriend’s family. I know that’s going to happen – we’ll have to split our boys with others more and more as the years progress – but it still makes me sad each time it happens. I ‘m not one to plan too far in advance, but I do think I’ve got to act sooner next time to claim them for ourselves by inviting them now for next year!
Our guests were gone by 6:00, and by 8:00, hubby and son settled in to watch the football game, we were happy to have some leftovers to dig into. Football – it’s not my thing. But I was happy anyway. I found a movie that I had been wanting to watch and sat on the couch with a plate of leftovers on my lap, enjoying every bite.
Oh – the movie – Ruby Sparks. Don’t miss it. Really quirky (I’m a sucker for quirky), great acting, romantic, thoughtful and fun. Loved it.
Here I go again, getting off track. I’m supposed to be writing about LEFTOVERS. If you have them, here’s how to keep them safe, courtesy of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration:
- Cut up the turkey into small pieces to store in the refrigerator.
- Separate leftover stuffing and store it in a separate container from the turkey.
- Place leftovers into shallow containers, and refrigerate within two hours of cooking.
- Eat or freeze leftover turkey and stuffing within four days.
- Thoroughly reheat leftovers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, until they appear steaming hot.
What are you eating the day after? Apple pie for breakfast, perhaps?