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Thanksgiving Turkey transformed to Turkey Pot Pies for the freezer!

After our Thanksgiving gathering (turkey, Darrell's fabulous stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, butternut squash  and creamed corn from the garden, fresh cranberry/orange relish, homemade applesauce, the Fall Harvest Salad , and the ubiquitous Crescent Rolls without which my step-daughter could not survive Thanksgiving dinner), I pulled all the meat off the carcass and put the bones in a big pot to simmer for several hours, creating a wonderful broth. I spent a chunk of Saturday afternoon cooking carrots in some of that broth, cutting up turkey into bite-sized pieces, adding corn (from the summer garden) and peas, and then blending the broth, left-over potatoes and stuffing into a thick and wonderful gravy to create the pot pie filling (see our recipe for Turkey Pot Pie for all the instructions here ). Sunday afternoon, Darrell made pastry crusts and we assembled pies, ready for the freezer. Yum! Easy-peasy winter meal that can bake in the oven while we're out doing ch

Fall Harvest Salad with Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, and Beets

I created this for a Thanksgiving 2012 get-together, wanting to focus on hearty fall garden veggies. It was a big hit at the table! One small Butternut squash, cut into cubes (or half of a medium squash) 20 Brussels Sprouts, cleaned and cut in half One small beet, cut in halves or quarters 3-4 slices of bacon, fried crisp, drained and cooled, broken into small pieces One smallish head Romaine lettuce, split into quarters and chopped chunky 3-4 smaller leaves of kale, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces 2 green onions, sliced thin 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans ½ cup dried cranberries ¼ cup Grated Parmesan cheese Brown sugar Honey Salt Vegetable or olive oil Balsamic or Red Wine vinegar Coarse black pepper Toss Butternut Squash cubes in a little oil in a bowl to coat them and spread on a baking sheet. Roast at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes (depending on the size of your chunks) or until nearly done. Return to bowl and add about