My favorite day of the year has come and gone.
As is my wont, I went nuts over the feast and ended up with way too much food and a blown food budget for the next few weeks, so I sat down this morning and made a plan to use everything up, (and also to keep the feast going for a while longer.)
The thing I miscalculated the most was the stuffing (I have two gallon-sized Ziploc bags full of leftover stuffing) and so need to be extra creative there. The stuffing was really, really good this year, I thought, with a delicious sour dough crouton (and expensive, because I used good bread), apples, sausage, and parsnips (yum!). I also bought a good bottle of ruby port for the cranberry sauce, which was terrific and had the most beautiful color I've ever seen, and a bottle of Grand Marnier, so I need to get busy with those. I bought seckel pears, persimmons and pomegranates for garnishes and centerpieces, and the pears and persimmons are at their peak of ripeness and need to be used soon. And, oh yeah, I bought ingredients to make a clementine/jicama salad with queso fresca and pepitas, but ran out of time/energy. So that's on the menu for next week.
Finally, since I have such bad camera karma, I had to borrow a photo from Chow, which you should be reading anyway, of what I hope my stuffed acorn squashes will look like.
And any thoughts on interesting things to do with Grand Marnier and pomegranates would be lovely. I also want to hear about what you all ate yesterday, with recipes!
*Stuffing in Acorn Squash and Mushrooms
*Beef Stew w/Port
*More Cranberry/Fig Sauce in Ruby Port
*Something with Grand Marnier (suggestions?)
*Apple/Pear/Cranberry Pie (or Galette if I'm feeling lazy, which I probably will be)
*Chicken Breasts Roasted on Stuffing w/Mornay Sauce
*Something with Pomegranates (suggestions?)