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On Being Thankful.

As most Americans prepare for Thanksgiving tomorrow,  I’ll be arriving in London en route to visit my dad in Bridge of Weir, Scotland.

Of course he and my stepmum don’t usually celebrate turkey day, but we’ll gather in their village kitchen and cook a Scottish/American feast together. I know, for sure, there will be some sort of turkey and glorious HAGGIS BALLS (equal parts stuffing & haggis mixed together) that I love to make year round.

In Bridge of Weir, Scotland with my dad 2002For a food fanatic like myself, Thanksgiving is absolutely the best time of the year. Not just because of all the tasty bites, but also a time to exhale, be grateful and reach out to family and friends.

Back in April, my mother passed away and I had to fly to Miyako Jima (near Okinawa, Japan) to take care of her funeral and estate.

The trip was absolutely dreadful (except for a few delicious moments) but it would have been worse if we hadn’t reconciled the year earlier.

My mom and I hadn’t spoken for over ten years, until two years ago when a friend of mine, over lunch at Jitlada (my favorite Thai restaurant), demanded I call my mother. If it weren’t for my friend, I’d never have found peace and comfort of knowing my mother a bit better. She had retired from the business I abhorred (more later), and was just a funny, old lady I chatted and laughed with long-distance.

My dad and I were also estranged for many years (international divorce and spending ten years in a children’s group home can do that), and it took decades for us to want to be in each other’s lives again.

Although it wasn’t always easy (I used to hold on to anger)… IT WAS definitely WORTH IT. I fly back to Scotland to visit him once a year now, and I’m so grateful for every moment together.

If there’s someone in your life you’ve been waiting to call or visit, please stop and JUST DO IT.

Life is short. There’s always time to heat up the leftovers tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving. Love, Jo

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Stuffing Frittata

This is a repost of my favorite “Thanksgiving Leftover” recipe. This stuffing frittata is SO easy to make for a post-holiday breakfast or brunch.

LEFTOVERS! Stuffing Frittata, MyLastBite

Ingredients 

Cooking spray
2 cups leftover stuffing
1 cup of diced leftover turkey
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
8 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon ground fresh nutmeg
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Stuffing Frittata by MyLastBite.com
Directions
Preheat oven to 400
Coat an ovenproof nonstick skillet with cooking spray.
Place over medium heat (on stovetop).
Mix stuffing and turkey in a bowl, then put mixture in the bottom of pan to warm through.
Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese over top.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, 1 tablespoon of parsley (save the rest for later), red pepper flakes, and nutmeg. Add salt and pepper to taste… it depends on how much seasoning was used in the stuffing.

Pour egg mixture over stuffing and cheese to cover stuffing. Sprinkle Parmesan over top.

Carefully transfer to preheated oven.

Bake until the eggs are set and the sides have puffed up a little bit and cheese is golden, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Cool before cutting.

Sprinkle with remaining fresh parsley.

Remember: This isn’t just for “Thanksgiving Leftovers”. I’ve made it with good old Stovetop stuffing on a lovely Spring day. It’s fun, easy and super tasty!

Stuffing Frittata by MyLastBite.com

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A Caribbean Thanksgiving

Not Your Grandma’s Thanksgiving (2008)

Every year my sister Janet hosts a “theme” Thanksgiving dinner. It’s fun for her because she gets to dream up new recipes and ideas, and it’s fun for the guests because it’s not the same dishes year after year. We still get to enjoy the ‘basics’ like roasted turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, but every dish is prepared with a little twist. 

At this years gathering we celebrated a “Caribbean Thanksgiving”, which included Jerk spices, exotic island flavors and a rousing game of Limbo! Thankfully we did this before we stuffed our faces.  

The Menu:
Coconut Shrimp w/ Pineapple Salsa
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites
Caribbean Jerk Turkey
“Yo Ho” Mashed Potatoes
Buccaneer Gravy
Mango Cranberry Relish
Island Fresh Fruit Salad
Reggae Banana Chip Stuffing
Jonkanoo Seafood Salad
Grilled Veggies Abroad
Jerk Sausage Crostini
Key Lime Pie
Pirate Pumpkin Pie w/ Rum Whipping Cream
Chocolate Espresso Mini Cakes
Apple Alamode 

Janet’s Caribbean Turkey: She rubbed it first with olive oil, salt, pepper and Jamaican Jerk seasoning. It was stuffed with fresh limes, celery, onions, garlic and quartered butter cubes (about 8)… then followed with a quick wash of soy sauce. She then covered the wings and tips of the drum sticks and covered the entire turkey with foil, making sure to baste every hour. The turkey was 22.5 pounds to start, and ended up being over 25 after stuffing!

Photos of the delicious, family fun day!

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Cody & Chace Cutting Pineapple

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Kindal & Chace, Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

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Uncooked Bacon Pineapple Bites

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Pirate Decor

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Table Settings

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Janet and Cody. Done Cooking!

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Kindal and Chace

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Limbo Time! Janet, Kindal, Chace, Paul, Trevor and Laur!

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Thankfully we did this before eating!

Caribbean Thanksgiving Menu, MyLastBite.com
The Menu

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Janet and her delicious Caribbean Jerk Turkey.

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Peter gets carving!

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Reggae Stuffing

"Not Your Grandma's Thanksgiving" MyLastBite.com
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites

"Not Your Grandma's Thanksgiving" MyLastBite.com
Jerk Sausage Crostini

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It’s time to eat!

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Chow Time!

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Happy Cody! With piles of food and Jade.

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Paul with Chocolate Espresso Mini Cakes

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STUFFED and very grateful indeed!

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Leftovers – Stuffing Frittata

This is my favorite “Thanksgiving Leftover” recipe and I also use it when it’s not the day after turkey day! An easy-to-do frittata for breakfast or brunch.

Stuffing Frittata by MyLastBite.com

Stuffing Frittata

–Ingredients 
Cooking spray
2 cups leftover stuffing 
1 cup of diced leftover turkey
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
8 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon ground fresh nutmeg
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan 
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
–Directions
Preheat oven to 400
Coat an ovenproof nonstick skillet with cooking spray.
Place over medium heat (on stovetop).
Mix stuffing and turkey in a bowl, then put mixture in the bottom of pan to warm through.
Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese over top.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, 1 tablespoon of parsley (save the rest for later), red pepper flakes, and nutmeg. Add salt and pepper to taste… it depends on how much seasoning was used in the stuffing.

Pour egg mixture over stuffing and cheese to cover stuffing. Sprinkle Parmesan over top.

Carefully transfer to preheated oven.

Bake until the eggs are set and the sides have puffed up a little bit and cheese is golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. 

Cool before cutting.

Sprinkle with remaining fresh parsley.

Remember: This isn’t just for “Thanksgiving Leftovers”. I’ve made it with good old Stovetop stuffing on a lovely Spring day. It’s fun, easy and super tasty!

Stuffing Frittata by MyLastBite.com

Stuffing Frittata by MyLastBite.com

Stuffing Frittata on Foodista

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