Turkey Pistou Stew with Pearl Couscous

Turkey Pistou Stew with Israeli Couscous
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It’s Thanksgiving for my neighbors to the south today. I’m sure most of them are absorbed in the pie-of-it-all right now. But once the wishbone is broken and the last round of coffee is served, they will be confronted with a new task – consuming all the leftovers. Now, this is one of those good problems to have to be sure. But being Canadian, I know how repetitive turkey day leftovers can be. Don’t get me wrong, I love a turkey sandwich as much as the next girl. But eventually, you start to miss the way you used to eat. Pasta, salads, noodles, and of course, soup. Luckily, a leftover, like turkey, can find a home in all of the above. But today we’re concentrating on this Turkey Pistou Stew with Pearl Couscous. Why? Because this soup is perfect for those final bits of the bird that aren’t exactly sandwich-worthy.

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Creamy Chicken Tarragon Soup w Watercress

Creamy Chicken Tarragon Soup with Watercress
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Think of today’s recipe as the soup version of the classic Provençal dish Poulet à l’Estragon. Traditionally, the French dish is comprised of chicken parts, simmered in a lardon and mushroom sauce finished with creme fraiche and, of course, fresh tarragon. It’s easily one of my favorite dishes. Today’s Creamy Chicken Tarragon Soup is very much inspired by this timeless classic but it has a second muse: a can of condensed soup. Confused yet? Don’t worry, all will be revealed and no, no cans of soup were harmed in the making of this, well, soup. Let’s dive right in!

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Butternut Tamale Pie

Butternut Tamale Pie
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In my neck of the woods, Thanksgiving is less than a week away and words cannot express how not ready I feel. I’ve complained about this a lot on this blog, but I don’t care, I’m going to say it again – Canadian Thanksgiving comes up way too quickly. I’m just not ready for the pumpkin pie of it all. But I will persevere and reacquaint myself with turkey brine. But before I get to the bird, there’s a little tradition I do on this blog every year. I give the holiday-loving vegetarians a meal option that doesn’t feel tacked together and isn’t just a plate of sides. This is a full-on main event designed to make omnivores jealous. And this year it’s this Butternut Tamale Pie. 

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Creamy Roasted Pepper Soup with Fried Goat Cheese

Creamy Roasted Pepper Soup with Fried Goat Cheese
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Today’s Creamy Roasted Pepper Soup is brought to you by my fridge. In my line of work, you often wind up with an excess of something. It could be a glut of apples, an abundance of pie filling, or a small shop’s worth of cheese. The cheese scenario is not as enjoyable as you would imagine. Honestly, handling leftovers is one of the hardest parts of my job. I know you probably don’t feel remotely sorry for me. And I get it, an excess of cake sounds like one of those good problems to have. But trust me, keeping leftovers interesting is no small feat. On the flip side, however, there is nothing more satisfying than transforming leftovers into something completely new.

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