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Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas That Are Better Than A Black Friday Deal

Thanksgiving deserves another day — it’s as simple as that.  

For those of us who love to cook, it goes by in the blink of an eye. We spend all day (nay, days!) cooking, and before we’ve put our feet up, it’s over. Everyone has plates piled high, they’re gathered around the TV and settled in for a cozy marathon.

Casoncelli Candy Wrapper Pasta Recipe

Take On A Weekend Cooking Project

As it happens, we have a solution: turn the weekend after Thanksgiving into its own occasion. Make it a two-day period focused not on shopping but on lounging and cooking and enjoying.

As in creatively working through leftovers and taking on a few only-at-the-holidays projects. Maybe finally try your hand at those candy wrapper pasta (then freeze them for Christmas Eve) or get a head start on cookie baking. And definitely make time to make eggnog. Because this weekend happens to be the perfect day to get started on a batch of “aged” eggnog, and to re-gather your crew for leftovers and more together time.

Aged Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

Make Aged Eggnog

Haven’t heard of aged eggnog? Well, now you have, and now things will never be the same come mid-December in your house. After a minimum of 14 days (some people age it for years!) in the fridge, this eggnog takes on a perfect smoothness, the sweetness mellows out, and the alcohol softens.

It’s just the thing to toast the holidays with, and it’s the perfect excuse for a Black Friday leftovers party. That’s exactly what goes on in Aida Mollenkamp’s house: she makes an annual event of it, throwing in the Black Friday towel, reclaiming the kitchen, mixing up some eggnog for edging then bringing her family back to feast on second, third, and fourth helpings of leftovers — revamped in their own delicious, but easy ways.

Giving Your Post Holiday Leftovers A Boost

Here are some ideas of how to use up the Thanksgiving leftovers while still keeping spirits bright.

Pomegranate Apple Ginger Punch Recipe

Post-Holiday Cocktail Ideas

If you’re taking the long weekend, you’ll likely be mixing up a drink or two. Here are some seasonal cocktail ideas that use leftovers:

Cranberry Turkey Waldorf Salad Recipe

Make Some Healthy-ish Recipes

If you’re determined to reset after Thanksgiving (while still using up leftovers), we totally understand. Here are some ways to do just that:

Coconut Kettle Corn Recipe

Get Your Snack On

Perhaps all you can manage right now is snacking and that’s perfectly okay. Here are some recipes for easy and (pretty) healthy snacking:

Toasted Brioche With Asian Pear Compote Recipe

Make A Big Breakfast

Since you have a few days off, you could do breakfast in bed, a big brunch, or just a lazy Sunday cook session.

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Get Your Bake On

Finally, if you’re making a culinary beeline for December, you’ll likely want to bake and bake some more. But if you’re not quite ready to make holiday cookies, here are some other ideas:

Okay, now that you have plenty of cooking inspiration, go stock up on all your cooking essentials then head into the kitchen and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!


Opening photo by Kevin Gilgan

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