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By Deborah Smith, Executive Editor

As much as we love celebrating Thanksgiving in our house, Leftovers Day is just as delicious and, comes with a lot less work. Yey!! This Thanksgiving in the wake of Sandy we combined two families, two turkeys and two traditions into one and it was probably our best Thanksgiving ever. As you can see in the pictures, the second turkey didn’t get cooked. We’ll be cooking that bird today and trying something a little different with this Southwestern Turkey with Garlic-Ancho Chili Paste and Gravy. The 3 heads of garlic are roasting in the oven as we speak and smell heavenly.

Some standouts from yesterday’s dinner will be starring again tonight. I tried a new sweet potato recipes that was the hit of the table. I highly recommend you add this to your next holiday menu. Ree Drummond’s Soul Sweet Taters. Another experiment that turned out to be a winner was Bobby Flay’s Cranberry-Serrano Relish.  We’ve got leftovers of this which will go great with the Southwest Turkey. And, finally another interesting twist on stuffing (we had three types by the way) was the Tortilla Chip Chorizo Stuffing This stuffing was surprizingly light and airy and went down way too easy. I loved the green chilies and tons of scallions. Again, should go great with our Southwest Turkey.

Now, I will admit to one disappointment with our meal, and one hillarious mistake. I wasn’t wild about the Sausage and Cornbread stuffing recipe that I got from my America’s Test Kitchen cookbook. I’ll be adding a ton more stock to the leftovers and trying to redeem myself. Speaking of redeeming myself, one of the highlights for my guests last night was when the bag of giblets came slipping out of the cooked bird as I transferred it from rack to platter. Oh, yeah, my family and friends lie in wait for me to mess up in the kitchen and believe me, they pounced. I swear I gave that bird a probing any TSA agent would be proud of but, I could not find that damb bag anywhere. I am convinced we had a crafty bird who artfully kept it up his sleeve until he found the opportune time to humiliate me.  To further redeem myself, I can tell you that the bag is out of today’s Turkey. Ha!

For those of you who have a plethora of party leftovers, how about Turkey Spinach Pie or a nice Turkey Soup? Or, better yet, serve up your suggestions for leftover makeovers in a comment below. I’ve got a whole new bird to put the moves on tomorrow. I’m going to need all the suggestions I can get. And no giblet jokes.

 Deborah Smith is the Founder and Executive Editor of  Launched in 2007 as a home for her growing collection of recipes, Jersey Bites soon grew into a hub for all things edible in the Garden State. In her spare time, (Ha) she works as a Social Media consultant and speaker.  You can learn more about her services and marketing through social media on her blog

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