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. bio dome

    Na, she was conscious. Anyhow, I'm tired myself... I didn't get much sleep. I'll catch-up with sometime tho. Nice chatting. 🙂 be well ! take good care, ya hear?

    November 26, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    @bio dome-I have worked with children who have seizures and they are unaware of having the seizures. Usually they cry when they wake up because they are unaware of where they are at first and that can be frightning.
    @JIF-I did think you were younger, Now your distinguishing *for sure*. Tell me you are a sagitarius, I am my birthday is in DEC.
    Thelma-What a fun name.
    There is something I make every year after Thanksgiving and it was not put in the turkey sandwich, *turkey suffle'*. It is in a Better homes cook book. My family loves it. I made what I call "Turkey bone soup with dumplings".

    November 26, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Morning jif scottish moma nice seeing your both alive and doin well

    November 26, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ gung hoe:
    Good morning.
    @ Scottish Mama:
    Yep: Sag.

    November 26, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    No matter what your age is, I adore you.
    That's all.

    November 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Of course you know that was Jazz, speaking about her baby girl who passed.
    It's hard not to wonder, even many years after...
    I know.

    November 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazz7

    Bug OFF Donna, Your nose must be so dirty by now from sticking it in where it DOESN'T belong! That is MY DAUGHTER, shut your TRAP or I'll shut it for you!

    November 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazz7

    Good riddance, have at your little world DONNA!

    November 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gold Dragon

    Well JIF hope you are doing better.
    I will be going through the "ginny pig" stage with new doctors next week and schedule testing.
    I have been through 14 surgeries already in this life span and will be going through more. The surgeries I can handle but the chemo and radiation I dont want to do.
    My grandson has multiple seizures. Sometimes he acts like there is no pain after a seizure and other time he cries like he is expreriencing pain after having a seizure. His neurologists said they cannot determine if they are painful or not and said it depends on the seizure. So its possible that some people experience pain on what type of seizure they may experience.

    November 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I wanted to make sure that JIF understood who your daughter was, so he'd have a better understanding of what your poor daughter was afflicted with, may she rest in peace.
    Nothing more, nothing less.

    You said yourself in your post:
    "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, you're a paranoid little girl, aren't you?

    November 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @Gold Dragon:
    I truly hope you can beat this so ýou can get back to your warm weather again.

    November 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Oh, and I would welcome a face-to-face meeting with you, Mary.

    November 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ripley! Believe it, or dont!

    Thats some kinda magic phone you got Jazz7? You can just slither threw that bad dog or what? Just wondering how you was gonna shut someones TRAP when you have a hard enough time shuttin your own damn TRAP??? But if its magic we still buy oddities, cmon!

    November 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ripley! Believe it, or dont!

    Hell you seem kinda odd yourself, we'll pay fair market price for you too...Cant imagine it would be too high! Museum open MON-SAT 9-6

    November 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Gold Dragon:
    I'm sorry that you're going through so much trouble.
    Maybe, at times, you also have what I did today: so much company and calls from well-wishers that it's tiring.
    Best of luck with your challenge.

    November 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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