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I needed more space in the freezer, so the smoked turkey carcass that went in after Thanksgiving came out Wednesday evening. I made stock that night and, in its usual way, it gelled beautifully. I really ought make stock more often; after a bad start 40 years ago and avoiding even trying for a few decades, it now seems to be something that comes naturally.

So, super-yummy smoked turkey stock. Friday evening, I added some of it to the water the wild rice cooked in. I knew I wanted to add some of the baby bella 'shrooms we picked up. Thanks to Susan's suggestions, I sauteed the 'shrooms along with some onion and celery in butter'n'olive oil. About 7 cups of gelled stock quickly melted back into broth, and I added the cooked wild rice as it was doing so. I added a goodly number of shakes of Penzey's Sunny Paris seasoning mix and a few generous splashes of cooking sherry (oh, the shame -- I know I should keep the real stuff on hand and not use the salt-laden "cooking" version). As the soup continued heating, I took scissors outdoors and cut several blades of garlic chives for garnish.

I made one of my international grilled cheese sandwiches (flour tortilla in a bit of melted butter and sprinkled with Aussie bush spices and garlic plus 6-cheese Italian blend, folded in half and crisped a bit). Susan had enjoyed some Channa Masala a bit earlier, so opted for a light serving of the soup.

Totally delicious, and plenty of soup for the next few days. It's the first time I've used wild rice in soup without making the dairy-based Byerly's recipe. My only regret at this point is that I didn't see the Burgers' Smokehouse buy 1, get 1 free deal on smoked turkeys until 15 minutes after the sale ended earlier this week. But even that's okay, as there's no room in the fridge for the turkeys or in the freezer for their carcasses.


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May. 10th, 2014 11:17 am (UTC)
Sounds delish!

I love making stock. It smells good while it's simmering, and it's so satisfying to see it gel when it's done. I think it's time for us to make another ginger chicken...
May. 10th, 2014 12:20 pm (UTC)
The International grilled cheese sounds good.

I discovered a grilled-cheese variant on Pinterest that I love:
1) butter the bread on outside in traditional manner,
2)inside, spread with softened cream cheese (sometimes I'll mix a little honey or maple syrup in)
3)sprinkle with raspberries, (or blueberries, or other berries according to your taste; I've tried it with apple slices too)
4)grill on both sides. Yum.

You can also do this with peanut-butter and honey or jam on the inside. Again, yum.
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