Thanksgiving Leftovers – Revamp them into something awesome!

So the turkey is carved, the stuffing is put away and you have enough leftover mashed potatoes for another Thanksgiving.  If you’re like me, you really don’t want another traditional Thanksgiving meal.  Instead of another plate of turkey, stuffing, taters and cranberry sauce, revamp those leftovers into one of these amazing meals!  Let’s have a Leftover Makeover!

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So open up your fridge and let’s get started!

Revamp those leftovers!

How to properly oven roast a turkey

It’s funny when I hear people talk about cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  A state of panic sets in but why?  My approach when I cook a bird is pretty straight forward.  To me it’s just a big chicken.  It’s bigger, fatter, heavier and stuffed with more stuff.  So I just adjust my cooking times and temp and just let my oven work it’s magic. That being said I went straight to my trusty source to get the facts to share with you.

turkey101Important Tips

♥ Make sure when you put your turkey in a roasting pan you put it on a roasting rack, breast side up.  If you don’t have a rack just crumple up some tin foil and line the bottom. You don’t want the bird to sit on the bottom of the pan
♥ Your turkey is done when the temperature with a meat thermometer is 180° F in thigh and 165° F in breast or stuffing.
♥ Cover neck and exposed stuffing with foil to prevent over-browning for turkey breasts.
♥ When the turkey is about 2/3 done, loosely cover breast and top of drumsticks with a piece of foil to prevent overcooking.
♥ When your turkey is up to temperature, remove it from the oven and the roasting pan. Place on a platter and let to sit for at least 25 minutes prior to carving.

Gobble gobble gobble!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – TKW’s Holiday Foodie Gift Guide: The Cooking Essentials

Happy Tuesday TKW Family! On this week’s edition of Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer, I’m going to be sharing with you what I deem the cooking essentials every foodie needs. Today we’re focusing on the equipment. So while you’re making out that list for your favorite foodie, let TKW’s Holiday Foodie Gift Guide: The Cooking Essentials help you out and stop you from racking your brain on what to get them.

If you are reading this you’re a foodie (well okay you could be blood-related thus you’re bound by like God and Mom to read this). Us foodies love food porn whether it’s the end result, i.e., the recipe or the gadgets, gidzmos, ingredients, pots, pans or what not that gets us to that end result.  We love it.  It’s no secret that I LOVE LOVE LOVE all aspects of food porn – trust me, I have commercial shelving units, yes UNITS, of pots, pans, roasters, grinders, bakers, food props, utensils and… well you get the gist. I got a lot of ‘stuff’.

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This edition today is all about cooking essentials – pots, pans, general kitchen equipment (well okay other than a toaster or microwave – you get the picture).  These are items that I use day in and day out and LOVE!  Yes these items do lead to Amazon where it’s an affiliate link (the small commission I make off of that helps fund TKW so thank you for your purchases!). For those of you that know me, you know how incredibly critical I am about the items I use. If I don’t use them, I don’t promote them.. period!  And while some of these items may be out of your budget I will list some alternatives that I have used and do love.

Let’s go shopping for your favorite foodie!

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups with Triple Hot Chocolate Mousse

This post is being sponsored by Nordic Ware featuring their AMAZING Cookies & Cream Baking Pan. So if you recall when I shared my review of the Nordic Ware Cookies & Cream Pan, I promised you that I’d share the recipe on how to make these adorable (and unbelievably DELICIOUS treats).  Oh trust me, it wasn’t easy not sharing it right away but I wanted a teaser; something that even though you never tasted it you already craved it.  I honestly was so happy by how these turned out. These have to be one of the prettiest desserts I’ve made in a really long time.

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I am so in love with this pan from Nordic Ware  that I cannot wait to make more stuff with it! As you can see this post is pretty heavy with photos.  I couldn’t control myself.  The camera just loved these decadent little beauties. I seriously want to have a party JUST to make these as the dessert.

Almost too pretty to eat… ALMOST!

Weekly Menu

Happy Sunday TKW Family! How was your past week? For those of you in the United States, are you ready for Thanksgiving?  So yesterday was my first ‘real day’ out of the house other than a dr. appointment for Mr. Fantabulous.  This past week was Rough, with a capital ‘R’. He was in so much pain from his shoulder surgery that I barely had any free time or even time to work on TKW.  If/when I did get to sleep I was woken up about every hour to change the water in his cryopack for his shoulder, get him a pain pill, fluff his pillows or add/remove blankets. However as our vows state “in sickness and health…”

but I’m telling you what folks, the man needs to get better real soon otherwise I’m gonna run away or but his butt in a big ol’ basket on Mama Fantabulous’ porch with a note “Return to Sender” LOL  My lord people! I’m not going to stereotype at all as not all men are terrible patients – I have some girlfriends that are seriously insane when they get sick let alone have surgery but if I don’t beat that man with a sack full of oranges in his sleep (remember it’s apparently not supposed to leave bruise marks – plus you get super juicy oranges.. LOL) it’s going to be a miracle.  But I have no one to blame but myself – I spoil him RIDICULOUSLY.  We don’t have kids so for me, his is my ‘kid’. The thing is, he truly appreciates it but when I cannot go to the bathroom in peace for 5 minutes… c’mon lord, give me a break and let his happy pills sleep for 3 hours at a time.  LOL


Lord give me patience…and no jiggle thighs LOL

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