Overhead on CNN.com: Give us the leftovers and no one gets hurt
People love their Thanksgiving leftovers and know how to get creative with them, too.
November 25th, 2011
03:27 PM ET

Overhead on CNN.com: Give us the leftovers and no one gets hurt

Editor's note: Readers have a lot to say about stories, and we're listening. Overheard on CNN.com is a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Comment of the day:

“Turkey clubs, turkey noodle soup, turkey salad, turkey ala king, stuffing sandwiches ... the list goes on.” -Barb

Loving leftovers

This year’s Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone, but the food, for many, hasn’t. Half a turkey, mounds of potatoes and bowls of gravy are sitting in fridges all over the United States just waiting to get freaky with a foodie.

Enter CNN.com readers. Some shared their love of the leftovers and the creative ways they make sure not to waste any.

Kara said, “Here in New Orleans we often use leftover turkey to make gumbo. Yum.”

Tom said, “Hey, I just bought a pre-cooked turkey breast from Publix so I could have nothing but leftovers. Every last bit has become turkey sandwiches so far (but I may be starting to get tired of turkey sandwiches."

MikeD said, “Turkey is particularly good for tetrazzini.”

Ben said, “Green chili turkey enchiladas and turkey noodle soup.”

Brian said, “I'm making a stock out of turkey carcass.”

Tim said, “Sandwiches...both hot with gravy or cold with cranberry...soup, or something akin to stew with everything thrown into a pot. Thanksgiving is terrific, but the after Thanksgiving leftovers officially kick off the Christmas season. It doesn't get any better than this!”

Ed said, “Hot or cold, as-is or as sandwiches, are all really good to me. My favorite thing to do with the leftover turkey is to boil the carcass and make homemade turkey noodle soup. A bit of a pain I'll admit but it beats anything you'll find in a can by far!”

Will said, “I prefer foods like potatoes or green beans warm. We make enough for a serving on Thanksgiving and one more meal later on. The main challenge is turkey – I can't stand the amount of room it takes up in the fridge and don't want it getting bad in there and ruining other foods. The trick is to slice it up, package into storage containers, and not buying a bird that is so large we have to eat it five days in a row.”

Michelle said, “I usually get a large turkey and use the leftovers in anything that would normally require chicken. I can't wait to make turkey enchiladas tomorrow!”

Gomo said, “That’s the best thing about after-Thanksgiving: the delicious leftovers.”

Martini said, “Forty years of cooking turkeys did us in. No more turkeys. It's chicken from here on in. Enough with the gobblers. We're still good with the cornbread dressing, cranberry goo and sweet potato casserole. Anymore we're cooking with one goal in mind....leftovers. Hot or cold.”

BCS mess

Many college football fans have long been frustrated by the BCS selection system that chooses which teams will play in the major bowls. And with losses from every top ranked team except LSU (prior to today’s game against Arkansas), things have gotten particularly complicated this year. If LSU loses today, every top team will have a loss and the arguments about which team should be in which bowl will begin.

CNN.com readers shared their frustration and suggestions:

TallinOK said, “The BCS is a joke. At the beginning of each season, large Division 1 schools flat out stomp smaller schools and run up the scores for BCS points. If you don't believe me, look at the scores of the major Division 1 schools. My alma mater (about 8,000 students) got the privilege of playing three top 10 schools in their first four games. The scores were obscene. I think the BCS is not only a joke, but is obscene when it rates by computer these kind of pairings.”

Matt said, “I'd like to hear more about the anti-trust suit brought against the BCS. This whole system is ridiculous and needs to be replaced with a playoff system.”

Smooth responded, “College already has a playoff. It just starts the first game of the season.”

Henry said, “Eight-team playoff is the answer.”

drp146 said, “The BCS is a joke. No chance of a Cinderella story. It's rigged to a certain extent to favor the large schools and conferences.”

Raymond Peters said, “Let's face it. As long as colleges and universities as well as coaches are making big money the BCS will continue to be played as is. It's all about the Benjamin's, gentlemen! Incredibly enough, I don't see why we don't have a playoff season like the NCAA basketball season. Let the best team standing win!”

Sean said, “The BCS blows and ruins college football. Long live the NFL.”

Brock275 said, “Let's be very clear. Installing an eight-team playoff will only change the NCAA into something very near to the NFL. Is that what we really want? I understand the heartache, particularly if your favorite team is locked out. However, this type of controversy is the unique quality to NCAA football that draws everyone's attention. We want each and every game to be important (unlike NFL when they sometimes sit their second string and throw the game for playoff purposes). With all that said, I think the computer scores are suspect – but they are balanced out somewhat by the human factors.”

bobcat ( in a hat ) responded, “@Brock275 It may not be exactly what we want, but it would be a step in the right direction. There have been a lot better teams eligible to be in these games. But instead, they base it on the opinion of a few people. I never have agreed with that.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below, or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Oh. I didn't know what he was doing.
    I need to get out more.

    November 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)

    Sorry BOMBO

    I missed that one too.

    November 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    Just got home from work, now I'm on the home computer.

    Don't worry guys, I took is as being in good fun. I wasn't sure whether to butcher the spam sketch, or the shrimp thing from Forrest Gump. But I stand by my choice.

    November 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)

    I'd rather you do the spam. Living here in the south, the shrimp thing has been done to death. All the seafood restuarant commercials have found a way to slip it in there. Old ideas take a long time to die down here.

    November 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO

    You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, turkey-kabobs, turkey creole, turkey gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple turkey, lemon turkey, coconut turkey, pepper turkey, turkey soup, turkey stew, turkey salad, turkey and potatoes, turkey burger, turkey sandwich. …That- that's about it.

    November 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I enjoyed the spam reference.
    I've got to get the series on DVD....
    A friend of mine has the whole collection, including all the movies, but he won't let me borrow them.

    November 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    If you're not a Monty Python fan, you should check them out.
    Delicious sense of the absurd, and far ahead of their time.

    November 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)

    Oh thank you so much. You just had to go there. But you forgot turkey and SHRIMP. LMAO

    November 25, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I love Monty Python, but I never memorized the films–except THE MEANING OF LIFE, which I live by, to an extent.
    I have to memorize Medtner and Boris Blacher, among other fluff.
    My phone is ringing all the time: "how are you feeling?"
    (I feel awful.)
    I was in hospital for tests and exams three times this week.
    Never mind. It will pass.

    November 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I feel with my hands.

    I want to know: haven't they found *anything* yet?

    I *knew* you had to like MP: no well-rounded sense of irony is complete with out a few lessons from them...

    November 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Oh, and the TV show has much easier bits to memorize; shorter, don'tcha know.

    I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok...

    November 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I'll be fine.

    November 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. s kel

    Whats this artical about...........munch munch .....muhumm.......gulp...... Urppp, wheh excuse me.....smack smake I just ate a turkey and cranberry sandwich .

    November 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. s kel


    November 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat2u

    Ahhhhhh, Turkey, turkey turkey turkey turkey. Ahhhhh.

    November 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
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