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Friday, November 30, 2012

November Foodie Penpals

Wow!  I can't believe it's time for Foodie Penpals reveal day again.  Can I just say how much fun I've had doing this over the last four months?  I love picking out what to send to my penpal, but I'd be lying if I didn't say the best part is getting a box of goodies from a different part of the country every month.  If you're interested in participating or learning more, head over to the Lean Green Bean.

This month's box was courtesy of Leigh Ann in Florida, a/k/a the state with the climate least like the one I inhabit.  Imagine my delight when I opened up my box and saw these:

A gorgeous ripe avocado (no, a slimcado, which is apparently an avocado with less fat) and a Florida orange.  I can't tell you how ripe, colorful produce in the middle of our long spell of 10-as-a-high weather makes me feel.  The orange juice and zest went into the Thanksgiving bread pudding (really), and David devoured that avocado in sandwiches.

The box also contained fun mango chewy candies, honey, and post-workout supplements.  There was also a granola-type bar made out of quinoa--I'm packing that sucker in my purse when I leave for another business trip this weekend.

Thanks, Leigh Ann, for the fabulous treats!

On another note, is anyone else still working on their Thanksgiving leftovers?  We've turned the turkey carcass into broth and made turkey udon soup, and tonight I'm trying a recipe I saw on another website:  leftover cranberry sauce and brie panini with coarse mustard.  It sounds pretty fabulous to me--will report back next week on the results.

Which leads me to this question:  what is the most creative thing you've made out of Thanksgiving leftovers?


  1. I had some avocado salsa today. Might make a sandwich tomorrow.
    Turkey carcass broth sounds great.

  2. Well...I can't comment on Thanksgiving leftovers as it's not something we celebrate here but it's good to see nothing is going to waste. What a lovely box of goodies. Love the sound of the quinoa bar xx

  3. What a great ritual! I should definitely get involved with a foodie penpal. I love creative ways of utilizing Thanksgiving leftovers...

  4. Great pinpal box and yes, fresh fruit this time of year is perfect! I actually made some turkey enchiladas tonight from the Thanksgiving turkey. I had put the extra turkey meat in the freezer along with the carcass. Next week I'll be making turkey stock and who knows where is goes from there. I love the idea of the udon soup!

  5. What a great thing to do! I like to have pickles with any leftover bits I have.

  6. What an awesome package my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Great package dear! Unfortunately we do not have Thanksgiving in Greece but you can ask me after Christmas Day. I will have plenty of leftovers then!

  8. Always envious of these foodie penpal posts! Love keeping up to date on your goings-on though... happy holidays to you and yours!

  9. Hi Krista! December has sure been a hectic month here! I am sure for you too! How is everything going? I hope you'll stop by "The Cake Slice" soon... we're already showing off our December cakes and voting for Feburary's! :) Happy Holidays :)