Making the Most of Leftovers – Sweet Potato and Black Pepper Biscuits

I love, love, love Thanksgiving leftovers! The turkey, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce all smushed together, melts in my mouth as I ascend into a warm, dreamy haze before the tryptophan has a chance to kick in.

But, after your fourth turkey-hash induced coma in 48 hours, even the most devoted Thanksgiving Dinner disciple needs to find a way to spice it up. This year, in my quest to use all of our leftovers in new and exciting ways, I stumbled on this recipe for Sweet Potato and Black Pepper Biscuits. I’m not known for any sort of baking prowess, but these were pretty simple. I had just enough leftover sweet potatoes for a healthy-sized batch, and they were a perfect complement to my savory turkey pot pie.

My First Try at Sweet Potato and Black Pepper Biscuits
My First Try at Sweet Potato and Black Pepper Biscuits

If you want to try these for yourself, check out the recipe from the Green Crane at


My Contribution to Thanksgiving Dinner- Caribbean Rum Fudge Pie

I am not cooking this year. Well I am making a mini-Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, for the sole purpose of having leftovers. For the first time in several years, we are not hosting on Thursday. We are heading over the river and through the woods to my sister’s house, to have dinner with my small (NOT) family. It’s going to be a great day filled with brothers, sisters and cousins galore.
I will not arrive empty-handed though. I am,p bringing one of the many pies that will adorn the table. This is a pie that my mother started making at least a decade ago, and now, no Turkey Day would be complete without it.
Here is the Very Easy Official recipe:

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon rum flavored extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup walnut halves
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch single crust
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips until melted. Stir occasionally until chocolate is smooth.
3.Cream butter or margarine with sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add melted chocolate, instant coffee, and rum extract. Stir in flour and broken walnuts. Turn filling into pie shell. Top with walnut halves in decorative pattern.
4.Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 -35 minutes, until you can poke it with a toothpick and it comes out clean.. Cool.
I say “official” recipe, because in our house, there is simply no need for the walnuts. They just detract from the chocolate. My substitute: bittersweet chocolate chunks.
Best served a bit warm, with whipped cream and a glass of milk.


Loaded Question: The Battle of the Dishwasher via


We are renovating our kitchen at the moment. The plan is to put in a new dishwasher. This article is making me rethink that though!

When a 4-Year Old Ponders Thanksgiving

I always wonder what will transpire when my children’s homework projects require them to respond to open-ended questions. This weekend, I helped my 4-year old daughter create her “Giving Thanks Tree” for school. She made a poster with a tree stump at school. We were charged with cutting out leaves from construction paper, on which she would write out the many things for which she is thankful.

Now, you never know how a 4-year old might answer these questions. Has she picked up on the “what-the-grown-ups-want-to-hear” answers, like “Mom”, “Dad”, “my family”, etc. or would she give thanks for the ring-pops leftover in the Halloween candy bowl? I tried not to coach her too much, realizing that some if the charm would lie in her undying gratitude for that lollipop.

True to form, my daughter included a nice mix of “I love my family” shout-outs, and a few less orthodox responses. I was a bit relieved to see that she is thankful for me and Dad (spelled b-a-d… oops), her grandparents, and so on. After a while, she even decided she was thankful for her big brother. From there though, we hit the things this pre-school girl really loves: baby dolls, puzzles, and her pink flower nightlight.

I really wonder though how high her teachers’ eyebrows will rise when they get to the leaf that lists the family dog: “Guinness.” Should I expect a phone call?