Create new dishes with typical Turkey Day food

Terri Pischoff Wuerthner, Special to The Washington PostNovember 21, 2012 

Here they come again: turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, all the makings of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

It's food we look forward to, then quickly tire of after the feast. Cut-up turkey and its pairings don't seem as attractive the next day, the day after that or (especially) the day after that.

So give your leftovers fresh appeal by repurposing them. Not in sandwiches or with microwave reheating, but in recipes that will make you embrace the extras you usually feel guilty about not using. Recipes so good, in fact, that you might deliberately create leftovers just so you can make them.

For example, that cranberry sauce will make a repeat appearance in Cranberry-Gingersnap Ice Cream Pie. In fact, you might end up buying cranberry sauce year-round, simple and quick to put together.

There's nothing wrong with a little Thanksgiving in July.

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