Palace Ballroom Cookbook Bonanza!

Short notice, but the good food folks at Tom Douglas Restaurants are hosting this really cool sounding event on Monday night, Dec. 1st, at the Palace Ballroom. It’s called the Ultimate Holiday Cookbook Social, and it sounds like a blast.

There will be a ton of chefs and authors there to sign books and dish up some of their specialties. Holla to the fact that we have so many awesome local chefs here in Seattle! And it’s $20 bucks to get in! Some of the chefs/authors on the docket are Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s, Leslie Mackie of Macrina Bakery, Fran Bigelow of Fran’s Chocolates, and Tom will be there too. There are a gaggle of others so make sure to check out the roster.

The chefs and authors will be autographing their books too. Should be a fun event and a good chance to cross off some holiday gifts off of the list. You’ll need to RSVP, so please email And I promise this will be the last Tom Douglas post for awhile; this event was too cool not to mention.

Photo from Nancy Leson’s All You Can Eat blog

Tips for turkey leftover hangovers

Much like the rest of the country, I indulged and gorged yesterday on Thanksgiving. My mother did an excellent job with our turkey – she brined it, roasted it with a generous butter smear and added oranges, apples, and onions for aromatics. Delicious. But much like everyone else, we’ve got a ton of leftover turkey and need to find a few ideas for what to do with it.

What I like to do with mine (outside of reheated leftovers) is to get a fresh baguette, slice it up, put gravy on one side of bread, cranberry sauce on the other and turkey to separate the two. Heat up the gravy so you have this nice ying-yang with the warm, savory gravy and the tart, cool sauce. And add the stuffing if you want to end up on the couch afterwards. Simple, quick and easy; I love this.

Other folks on the internet have weighed in with some ideas. The team at Serious Eats made an entire list of sandwich ideas for their leftovers. Tom Douglas has recipes for turkey pot pie and turkey pho (as we know pho is usually made with beef, this is more like a turkey noodle soup). There are a ton of recipes out there for leftover Thanksgiving eats, but remember the advice that the Chicago Sun-Times has; keep things simple!

Enjoy the leftovers and get ready for the holiday shopping season!