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. banasy©

    That's not an answer, my friend.

    November 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roadsniper

    Fried spam is the killer ,especially on sandwichs with pepper jack cheese!

    November 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Thelma Lou Brickmore

    Fried spam *will* kill you, that's true...lol

    November 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Herkimer Schwartz

    And Micky D's Mc Ribs will too. Did you read what those things are made of ?

    November 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thelma Lou Brickmore

    No, Herk, what are they made of?
    I never go to MickyD's anyway...

    November 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Herkimer Schwartz

    @Thelma Lou Brickmore
    I read an article on it and it said they contain the same material a yoga mat is made of.
    Look it up under McRib ingredients.

    November 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Herkimer Schwartz

    I really love the name.

    November 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Thelma Lou Brickmore

    Herkimer Schwartz:

    Gotta keep it fresh!

    From what I hear, the McRib has all the taste *of* a yoga mat...

    November 25, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nightshade

    Yeah Thelma
    It's some pretty nasty stuff. And they smell like a pair of sweaty socks that have been in you gym bag for a week.

    November 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Thelma Lou Brickmore

    All the more reason for me to stay far, far away!

    November 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mmmmm

    thelma lou you must be a vegan everybody has a junk food monkey on their back...coughitup and coughitover...!

    November 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. **cosmicvox *

    spamitty spam ... wonderful spam ...

    November 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. justathought

    I knew there was something good about eating somewhere else. I only took home what I wanted. It will be gone soon. Except my candied yams, I had to bring the left overs home (I fixed for 20, but for some reason there were only 12)but, Ummmm are they good; just about like desert!

    November 26, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    You pushed me. Please don't make a lot out of this.
    My doctors are now eliminating possibilities for this last collapse, in which I did not completely lose consciousness but did go into shock in the ambulance.
    I have a seizure disorder. I knew that before. I've had three seizures since the first one, in September of 2010. Of course I'm on meds for that.
    I have had an undiagnosed neurological condition since I was 17.
    My kidney function was reading abnormally but that could be because I am very muscular (from working out), and I was eating almost nothing but protein (for bodybuilding) until two weeks ago. Since then, I've been eating everything like a good boy.
    I have an inoperable meningioma that has not grown in 14
    I got shingles around my left eye this week, probably as a reaction to the hospitalization and stress. I wanted to ignore it, but couldn't. That has responded well to medication.
    I'm not 115. I'm really 72. I'll be 73 next week.
    Now I've ruined my quasi-youthful image here, but I don't act as if I'm that old.
    Doctors all agree that I have to stop going the way I was.

    November 26, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. bio dome

    Joey, I'm not sure if you knew that my Daughter had seizures also? And I am so very sorry to hear of all your aliments, but I do have a question for you; that's if you don't mind?

    My Daughters Doctor told me once, that the seizures don't hurt her; I then become fiercely angry and told him otherwise. Once the seizure subsided; she would cry.

    Can you tell me if there is any pain with yours? please and thank you

    November 26, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
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