Monthly Archives: November 2010

this week’s recipe: thanksgiving leftovers

Well folks, we did it. My husband and I hosted 13 friends and family in the house we moved into just four weeks ago. Our holiday began with a fridge on the fritz and turkey brine all over the kitchen floor (twice), and ended with a big plumbing problem we’ve yet to solve. Let’s just say that I spent a lot of time thinking about my grandmother, who always managed to make holiday dinners flow smoothly while keeping a smile on her face. Not to mention the ironed linens, polished silver, and creative displays that always graced her tables. As I laid out the tablecloths, silverware, and wine glasses I was lucky to inherit from her, I wished she was there to do her entertaining magic. Not that she would have had much patience for my fleeting thoughts of future holidays on deserted islands…

Fortunately, our moms were around to lend helping hands, our cousins and siblings kept us laughing, and the food was absolutely delicious. How lucky we are to have a home that can accommodate our families, and to live close enough to all of them that they’re willing to make the trek.

Today I’m thinking of things to (quickly!) do with all the leftovers. These three recipes caught my eye: Oh my gosh Spaghetti Squash (for our former centerpieces) from My New Roots, Turkey Enchiladas from Simply Recipes, and Sweet and Spicy Turkey Curry Soup from Goodlife Eats.

I also recommend the Apple Pecan Stuffed Squash from Goodlife Eats, which I made last night from leftover Thanksgiving ingredients. Yum!

sponsor introduction: flytrap

Flytrap is Jody Cedzidlo and Eric Haugen, a couple of sweethearts just down the road from me, here in North Carolina. Their beautiful shop is full of screen printed scarves, dresses, shirts, and accessories for women, men, and children. Jody is the designer, printer, and photographer behind Flytrap, “the one with a college degree in what things look like.” Eric is the shirt-folding, box-carrying, moral-support-giving, car-driving, coffee-making, behind-the-scenes psychotherapist that keeps the gears of Flytrap turning every day. Each item in the Flytrap shop is lovingly hand-printed by Jody, and she takes the utmost care in guaranteeing high-quality, totally permanent professional printing.

One of the newest items in the Flytrap shop is the scarf 3 pack, and at only $65, it’s an easy way to cross 3 folks off your Christmas gift list. Or, 2. Cause we know you’ll want to keep one for yourself.

Thanks Flytrap! Sponsors help make Mint possible, and I am so grateful for their support. If you’re interested in advertising on Mint, please get in touch by emailing mintdesignblog at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to give you all the details. Holiday spots are still available.

happy thanksgiving!


photo by emily shaw

If you’d like to read an essay (off-color but hilarious) on “decorative gourd season,” visit McSweeney’s

Or, if you’d prefer to remind yourself of why we celebrate Thanksgiving in the first place (I looked this up after one of my UK clients asked and I mumbled something about Pilgrims and Indians and changed the subject), visit here

Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll be back on Monday!