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Ah Thanksgiving. Family drama aside, the only thing better than Thanksgiving dinner is Thanksgiving leftovers. Seriously, I live for day after turkey sandwich, topped with cranberry sauce and gravy and, if you’re lucky, some awesome stuffing. So good. However, turkey sandwiches are not exempt from the law of diminishing returns and, eventually, you might get sandwiched out. But don’t worry, that just means you get to think of new and fun things to do with your leftover turkey! Last year I made turkey pot pies, but this year I decided to go for a tetrazzini. Less messing around with dough, more immediate gratification.

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Every November I host “Friendsgiving,” which is basically a dry run of Thanksgiving with a good group of friends.  I make the turkey, gravy and pumpkin roll and my friends each bring a dish with them as well. This year folks brought green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, fresh cranberry sauce, pecan pie cookies, bread and brussels sprouts au gratin. Add in generous amounts of wine and Cards Against Humanity and you’ve got a pretty excellent Friendsgiving. However, I had one hitch in the turkey planning this year. Thanksgiving is pretty late in the month so the stores hadn’t stocked up yet on turkeys when I went to pick one up. To top that off, when I went to

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Congratulations! You made it through Thanksgiving! And now, if you’re anything like me, you are (a) sick as a dog, (b) about to hit your turkey sandwich limit and (c) still blessed with an abundance of Thanksgiving leftovers in your fridge. But alas, what to do with it all? Well, my friends, the answer is turkey pot pie. There’s nothing quite like that warm, creamy, veggie filled crock covered with a golden crust. Pot pies are so homey and comforting and, big bonus here, they freeze exceptionally well. The easiest way to go about making a pot pie is to just use a frozen puff pastry. However, the grocery store was out of frozen puff pastry when I made my

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I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said “Love people – cook them tasty food.” This made me really happy and I especially enjoyed the timing of it, as it is almost Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving. I love the food, the the leftovers piled on in sandwich form and, mostly, I love the gathering of (and the chance to feed) people I care about. Thanksgiving is usually a family affair. Some families are big and boisterous, some are small and quiet, but family is important and I am thankful for mine. However, I am also thankful for my friends or, as I sometimes call them, my “urban family.” So I’ve started hosting an “Urban Family Thanksgiving” dinner before

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