Thanksgiving Memories From Your Kitchen


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It’s time to start planning your holiday meal, whether it’s just you or two or a family of many, it’s always fun to try something new for the holidays.  However, how many times have you tried something new which actually turned out to be a disaster?? 


Hubby and I still laugh about the time we almost burned down the backyard trying to fry a turkey – whoever came up with the Turkey Fryer probably had too many drinks first!


As you will read in Friday’s post, our Thanksgiving meals are very low key, however, in honor of Wayback Wednesday, I went back into the crates of my old blog DeDivahDeals to bring out this recipe for leftover turkey.



During the holiday, most people overcook and then have many leftovers for days on end, so it’s important to find creative ways in which to make those leftovers appetizing.  Now I am not saying that a Turkey and Cheese sandwich with mayo and a slice of tomato isn’t appetizing, but there are other options.

As a small family of four, we always have Thanksgiving leftovers so in looking for creative recipes I found this one for a Crock Pot Turkey and Potato Chowder, but of course added a little twist based on my veggie preferences.


turkey chowder ingredients
  • 4-5 cups of Red Potatoes
  • 3 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 cup Onions, chopped
  • 1 bag frozen Mixed Veggies (corn, peas and carrots)
  • 1/2 bag frozen mixed Sweet Peppers
  • 3 Sprigs of fresh Thyme – remove from stems
  • 3-4 cups of cooked Turkey
  • 4 cups of Chicken Broth
  • 4 tbsp of Corn Starch
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
corn starch and chicken broth
crock pot turkey and potato chowder
  1. Wash and chop potatoes into 1-inch chunks.  Stir cornstarch into chicken broth then add potatoes and remaining ingredients except for the Heavy Cream into Crock Pot.  Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  2. Stir in Heavy Cream, cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  3. Serve with crackers or cornbread.
recipe for turkey leftovers

Okay, time for you to share – what major kitchen mess-ups have you had preparing a family holiday meal?

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This article has 11 comments

  1. bethhavey

    I’m salivating already and getting excited about having my family here again for Thanksgiving.

    • DelBlogger

      Yes, normally it’s a day to slow down, relax and enjoy family and friends – so I hope you get to do that and much much more!

  2. Darlene

    Those meals look so delicious…who is the designated cleaner-upper after such a scrumptious meal? My motto would be: if we eat together, we clean up after together. That would be a great way to extend the together and keep hostess-stress at bay!

  3. Lynne

    That sounds delicious! I never thought of a chowder. Will have to try it.

  4. beverlydiehl

    Meal disaster? How about the time the table was elegantly set with the best china, finishing touches being made in the kitchen, bringing out the salt & pepper, butter, trivets… Returning to the table with the cranberry sauce to see the cat perched delicately in the dead-center of the table, licking the butter.

  5. Madam too Much

    I don’t do Turkey nor partake in Thanksgiving dinners. It’s not part of my heritage. Since my birthday usually falls around Thanksgiving I am all about giving Thanks for another year and enjoying libations. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Sis.

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