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Creative Kentucky Recipes for the Holidays

With the winter holidays just around the corner, here’s a culinary question: what can you do with all the leftovers?

Various cooking sites, blogs and readers offer a virtual cornucopia of ideas–from reheating leftover cranberry sauce for use as pancake syrup, to making a cranberry apple waldorf salad, turkey pot pie or turkey and dumplings, topping a shepherd’s pie with leftover mashed potatoes or creating a healthy main course meal of butternut squash stew with quinoa and turkey.

Another great local recipe for “next day” turkey found here on our site is a tasty classic, the Kentucky Hot Brown. But you can find inspiration in countless other places--Food Network personalities such as Michael Chiarello, Rachael Ray and others do turkey dishes. Michael has a turkey soup recipe that incorporates diced leftover vegetables like green beans, brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes served with mashed potato patties; Rachael’s Chicken and Green Bean casserole could be easily altered to use up leftover green bean casserole, with turkey and cheese.

Be sure to search for, find and save columns from local food bloggers, TV programs from cooking shows, and newspaper articles from the Food section. To quote Melissa D’Arabi, writing for the Louisville Courier-Journal, “Americans overwhelmingly associate canned pumpkin with just one dish (pumpkin pie) and one day of the year (Thanksgiving).” Your leftover pumpkin puree can be whipped into a versatile and delicious pumpkin cream cheese.

What is your favorite local (or family-related) source for finding Kentucky recipes? Kentucky Scratch Cooking (a cookbook from a member of the McCoy family)? Savoring Kentucky? The Southern Lady Cooks? A Taste of Kentucky? Share your favorite Kentucky cooking resources with us and feel free to use our recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers and other holiday dishes.