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How to Turn Thanksgiving Leftovers into Scones, Chowder, Sorbet and More

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

So it’s the day after Thanksgiving and, like many Americans, you have tons of leftovers: leftover stuffing, leftover sides and, of course, plenty of leftover turkey. Turkeys are big birds, after all, and people tend to forego poultry seconds in favor of the many sides and sweets.

Whether you hosted Thanksgiving dinner and have several containers of leftovers in your fridge, or were a guest gifted some turkey and sides by a gracious host, there’s got to be a better way to prepare the remnants of Turkey Day than popping them in the microwave.

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Dinner Rush! Grilled Ham & Gouda With Easter Veggies

Easter Levtovers Sandwich

My in-laws love Easter. The thought of budding flowers and warmer weather herald happy times for them. It’s the way they express their love for the season — a meal for five that could easily feed that many tenfold — that gets me onboard.

Whether celebrating a holiday or just another Saturday night, a meal with my chef father-in-law always means leftovers. I love it, don’t get me wrong! It’s just a matter of coming up with ways to use them all. The beautiful thing about his Easter meal is that everything is so simply prepared. A beautiful roasted ham (locally sourced from a Maryland farm just down the street from their house), lightly dressed green vegetables and a crisp white wine: It’s a blissful welcome to spring.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Made Fresh Again

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is a holiday full of traditions, and the most universal tradition of all is leftovers. (Vegetarians may not serve turkey, but they serve plenty of everything else!) In fact Thanksgiving isn’t really just a one-day holiday. It keeps going until there’s no food left.

But dispensing of leftovers shouldn’t be a chore, it’s a treat. So here are some clever ways to share the Thanksgiving bounty with your departing guests.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: Savory Sundaes

Dessert's the best part of Thanksgiving, anyway.

There are only so many ways you can enjoy a turkey sandwich: hot or cold, on a roll or marbled rye. You can even go old-school Atkins Diet and roll up some turkey in lettuce leaves. No matter your preference, leftovers get lame after that first sandwich. It’s right about then you realize you have enough food left to feed a track team for the next several days. Time to think up some new ways to use up your mashed potatoes and stuffing, and fast!

The infamous Thanksgiving cake is a great way to transform dinner into the best course — dessert — albeit a labor-intensive one. Take an easier route and re-imagine your favorite leftovers as sundaes. It’s a sweet idea for your savory sides.

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Cooking the Channel: Oven-Fried Chile Chicken

Anjum Anand's Oven-Fried Chile Chicken was delicious with my Indian leftovers

Anjum Anand's Oven-Fried Chile Chicken was delicious with my Indian leftovers

I love recipes—my apartment is overflowing with cookbooks, food magazines and recipes printed from online food sites—but I’m definitely a big improviser, barely ever following them to the letter.

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