Well, hello there! Why yes, I did survive Turkey Day! The food was delicious and well-received by all, the house looked well enough, and both my family and my boyfriend's family got along! It truly couldn't have gone any better.
And, in true don't-waste-anything-if-you-can-help-it fashion, I made some tasty turkey stock! I hope all of you out there with Turkey carcases did or are planning on doing the same! Here's my basic poultry stock recipe - homemade stock is great for risottos, soups, stews, gravy, you name it. Works with rotisserie chicken bones, too! I usually just keep a freezer bag of vegetable peelings in the freezer for when it comes time to make the stock, and throw those in.
I hope you all had a lovely holiday, and even that if you didn't, the stress has hopefully subsided now!
Basic Poultry Stock
Turkey or chicken carcass, meat and skin removed (a little skin is okay)
1 onion (or, the skin and ends the onion)
2-3 large carrots, unpeeled (or, the peels of several carrots, and their tops)
3-4 stalks celery
1 handful parsley, stems and all (great when you have extra parsley that's getting a little yellow)
1 handful dill, stems and all (optional)
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme (great way to use up those extra herbs from the holiday feast!)
5-6 whole black peppercorns
Add all ingredients to your largest stock pot. Fill to cover with water; place over medium-high heat and let simmer 3-4 hours, until vegetables are completely cooked through and the stock is a lovely golden color. Occasionally skim the scum off the top with a spoon. Strain the stock into a bowl to collect the solids (all the vegetables and bones); discard the solids and place the stock in the fridge overnight. Skim the rest of the fat off the top of the stock the next day. Place stock in the freezer for homemade stock whenever you need it!