Rave: Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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Fall is here (like we mentioned last week), which means chunky knits, Halloween, and of course, the Thanksgiving long weekend. We’ve gone from telling our parents we’re thankful for our Barbies and Archie comics to the ill-fated “turkey drop“. These days, Thanksgiving is a time to put on your stretchy pants, sit down with friends and family and have a good time, with an extra day off to recuperate. Whether you’re having turducken,  a meat-free dinner or just a plain turkey,
this holiday entails festive fall colours, appreciating who and what’s around
you and, of course, delicious food. Here are some photos that embody
Thanksgiving – and don’t forget the cherpumple for dessert.

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Yum, Yum: Making the best of leftover turkey

It’s happened again. We’ve been eating delicious turkey, stuffing and all that comes with it this past holiday weekend. Reality, however has settled in… what to do with the leftovers? You can only consume so much turkey with the fixings. Time to get a little more creative. We polled the fourth floor, and came up with our top ways to use the pounds of turkey mom has given to us (thanks, ma!).


Grilled Turkey, Brie and Apple Sandwich



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Ingredients
Serves one.
1 cup of turkey meat (white or brown) cut up into 2” slices.
1/2 an apple, cut in thin slices
3 1” strips of Brie 
2 slices of your favourite bread. We dig a twelve-grain slice.
Butter (to taste)
Dijon mustard (to taste)


Preparation
Gently fry turkey on a non-stick pan until golden-brown.
Butter bread and spread Dijon mustard on one half.
Layer apple slices on bottom slice of bread.
Alternately place cheese slices and warmed turkey slices on bread.
Place on baking sheet, bake in oven at 250 C for 9 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Let cool for a couple of minutes, and enjoy.


Turkey Soup
This is probably the most popular fourth floor recipe for leftover turkey, and a few of us have different opinions about the best turkey soup. This one won.

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Ingredients
Serves about four people


Leftover turkey bones and drippings. Every great soup starts with homemade stock – it’s easy.
Half a yellow onion, cut in to quarters
2 large chopped carrots
2 sprigs of parsley
25g of  fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
2 celery stalks
Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste
Shredded turkey meat (enough for four servings)
100g pasta/noodles (per person), cooked and drained


Preparation
In a medium sized pot, pour 1 inch of water and warm on medium heat.
Add leftover bones and drippings, and bring to a boil.
*Mom’s tip: Boiling the bones and drippings in just an inch of water concentrates the flavours and helps make for a richer broth.
Once bones have boiled for 15 minutes, remove from pot.
Add 3 cups of water.
Add onion, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper. 
Bring all ingredients to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until carrots are tender.
Toss in shredded turkey and stir to warm. 
Place cooked noodles in bowls and ladle hot soup over top. Serve with toasted garlic bread immediately.


What are you favourite leftover turkey recipes? Comment below or tweet us @rockitpromo.



Rave: Thanksgiving long weekend

One of our favourite holidays has arrived! It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, and we couldn’t be happier to drive to our parent’s, in-laws or friends’ house for a feast and some soul-soothing hangouts this weekend.

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We are really excited to have a day off to be with our families and loved ones to share quirky family traditions (you know you’ve got ’em). 


No matter where you are headed this weekend, we hope you have a wonderful time and take a minute to reflect on the wonderful things in your life. 



Yum, yum: Apple Pocket Pie Maker



Mmmmm….apples and cinnamon and puff pastry.

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re off enjoying delicious turkey and stuffing with our families, but we still wanted to share a simple idea that you can use to whip up a cute dessert at your next holiday meal (or any time you’re craving something sweet!)

 This gadget acts as a shape-cutter and mold for the lil’ pies.

The Apple Pocket Pies are an amazing fall dessert. They look and taste impressive, but are honestly so simple to make. Buying frozen pastry saves oodles of time, and ensures they’ll turn out.

 Not a baker. But they turned out nicely.

The rock-it team tested these by baking them last week (the baker is not normally a baker) and devoured them all the next morning. They, quite simply, rock.

You can pick up the Apple Pocket Pie Maker (with recipe) from PC Home (Loblaw and Real Canadian Superstore locations) for just $4.99. Isn’t that sweet?

 The plate was wiped clean in a matter of minutes. Hey, we work hard!