Wednesday, November 22, 2017

ENTRÉE: Getting ready for Turkey Day, and lots of leftovers

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 10:12 AM

Hopefully you’ve at least gone to the grocery store by now, because there may not be any worse time to be braving the cart-congested aisles than the night before Thanksgiving. If not — or if you’re simply feeling anxious that you’ve missed planning something specific for Thursday’s big feast — we’ve rounded up some helpful features from around the foodie web.

Last-minute cooks can rejoice over 
click to enlarge Leftover turkey can be repurposed into many other meals, like this salad. - THE NEW YORK TIMES
The New York Times
Leftover turkey can be repurposed into many other meals, like this salad.
this handy resource from the culinary writers at the New York Times, which offers a guide to making your full meal, from the turkey to dessert, all at once over an 8-hour cooking marathon the morning before dinner.

The Times also offers up some tasty suggestions on taking full advantage of all those leftovers.

From the hive mind at Tasty, check out this overview of some easy and fast vegetable sides, like microwaved corn-on-the-cob, along with pan-fried broccoli and roasted carrots. All three take less than 20 minutes.

For a delicious use for all that leftover turkey, check out this recipe from Tasty for turkey skillet pot pie with buttermilk biscuits — yum!

For cooking from Thanksgiving through the New Year, we also love this handy-dandy "Beastless Feasts" holiday cooking guide from the cheeky folks at Thug Kitchen, which is all about the vegan lifestyle.

Don’t think we forgot about one of the most important parts of any festive feast: booze. The cocktail experts at have a fun roundup of drinks inspired by some traditional Thanksgiving sides, from cranberry sauce to a smoky, herbal cocktail paying homage to green bean casserole.

Of course, not everyone wants to get lit before they sit to feast, and not everyone can. With that in mind, take a gander at Serious Eats’ list of 11 nonalcoholic Thanksgiving drinks.

For those out there who are sort of (or very much so) dreading the stressful crowding of friends and family around the table, consider this rundown we printed in 2015 on some cannabis-friendly ways to infuse Thursday’s dinner.

If none of these suggestions strike your fancy or help you put together a seamless dinner, you can always consult "The Great Oracle," as I like to call it, also known as Google. That said, we trust the aforementioned websites to provide reliable and worthwhile cooking suggestions. Each is worth an exploration as you prep for T-Day, or any other special-occasion meal.


Just in time for the holidays, the esteemed Maryhill Winery of Goldendale, Washington, opened its new Spokane tasting room in Kendall Yards last weekend. Read all about the space, Maryhill's story and its award-winning wines in the print and online edition. You can also stop by for some wine to go with Thanksgiving dinner today between noon and 8 pm.

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Chey Scott

Chey Scott is the Inlander's Associate Editor, overseeing and contributing to the paper's arts and culture sections, including food and events. Chey (pronounced "Shay") is a lifelong resident of the Spokane area and a graduate of Washington State University. She's been on staff at the Inlander since 2012...