DSC_9607 (1600x1060)We tried not to go overboard for the Xmas Day menu where we end up with tons of leftovers.  I think we did pretty well.  I did the turkey breasts in duck fat, just like the leg quarters we did here.  Alas, there’s no way to make modern day turkey breasts taste better than “just OK” but at least these weren’t dry.  The stuff just above the cranberry sauce was a new side for us – corn pudding.DSC_9598 (1600x1060)There are scores of recipes for this dish online, I didn’t follow any particular one.  Mine has bacon, onions, and chopped bell peppers along with whole and creamed corn.  I used Parmesan in it but most any cheese should work – cream cheese was often mentioned.  Jiffy cornbread mix is a popular ingredient but I just used my usual yellow corn meal.  DSC_9599 (1600x1060)St Francis got in a Maine Coon-ish kitty the other day from a fellow that is active in the rescue business but is having health issues and can’t keep up his regular pace.  He brought this boy in the other day with three other cats that the shelter had agreed to take off his hands.DSC01477 (1600x1060)Maine Coons are reputed to be most excellent pets and can grow pretty big.  The mane should grow quite long.  This fellow has just been neutered and is still woozy from the anesthetic.DSC_9611 (1600x1060)I’m sure turkey noodle soup was pretty commonly on the table for many this week.  It’s a good way to use up that leftover turkey.  I dropped a couple of eggs into the simmering soup to let them poach.  Worked great!  I did spoon some hot broth over the tops to help them along.DSC_9615 (1600x1060)Another way to use up that turkey!  I bought some canned biscuit dough on a whim the other day and one can didn’t have enough to cover.  I think if I do this again that I’ll par bake the biscuits separately before topping the filling so that the bottoms aren’t quite so doughy.  I took these off, flipped them over on a tray, and slid them under the broiler for a spell.  That went a long way to repair the initial error.DSC01442 (1600x1200)Here’s another shelter kitty.  Staff have named him George, he’s been with them for 5 or 6 months.  Adult cats don’t place as quickly as kittens.  Mrs J says he’s a good one, friendly and playful with the other cats.DSC_9581 (1600x1060)I’ll wrap this with a cheeseburger –  pickle, onion, mustard.  I jazzed the mustard with minced peppers and onion to where it’s more of a relish than plain mustard.  Sometimes all you want is a basic burger and fries.

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