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Riverfront Vacation Rentals will Energize and Relax You
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Thursday, March 9, 2017


Riverfront Vacation Rentals at Mt Hood for Energy and Peace and Quiet

A riverfront getaway to a Mt Hood Vacation Rental will both energize you and relax you during your vacation. While you are in riverfront environments, negative ions which are odorless, tasteless and invisible molecules are inhaled in abundance. When these ions flow throughout your body, they produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the chemical serotonin, which is known to help in relieving stress and boosting daytime energy; it also helps to stabilize sleeping, eating and digestion. Pretty awesome that your riverfront vacation can do all of this, naturally!*
Dream Catcher Cabin is one of our most popular romantic retreats at Mt Hood. Enjoy the Salmon River just steps from the outside hot tub, firepit and picnic table during your Mt Hood vacation. You will be off the beaten path, but still close to all mountain recreation, shopping and dining. You can even dip your toes in the water during the summer months. Watch for frequent visits from ducks and geese.
Rapid River Retreat is a long-time favorite gathering place for families and friends. Located close to the end of a 1 ½ mile dead-end and gated road, this is the perfect place for morning walks with your dog. You will want to gather on the deck in the back yard at sunset with a glass of wine and good friends and conversation. Relax in the riverside hot tub at the end of the day to top it all off.
Getting a group of people together for a meditation or yoga retreat or a writing seminar? The Salmon River Rendezvous is perfect for gathering everyone for a calming retreat away from the city. With a large kitchen, 3 living spaces and room to accommodate up to 16 guests, you will have plenty of room to literally stretch out. The riverfront garden and firepit is just right for evening sing-alongs and story-telling. End the day with a soak in the private hot tub.
If you are dreaming of the classic log cabin vacation, you will love the Riverwoods Lodge. This hand-built log cabin sits on 4 private acres along the Sandy River. Take a walk to the riverside gazebo and read a good book or eat a picnic lunch. Gather around the firepit under the stars to relive the day’s adventures. Just minutes from the Sandy Ridge Trails, you will want to bring your mountain bikes on this vacation.
The perfect place to enjoy the river from inside or outside is the Salmon River Retreat. This well-loved home sits just steps from the river and enjoys panoramic views from the great room, the riverside deck and the hot tub. Gather around with cocktails, grilling dinner in the evening while you watch the sun go down. The slow-moving river is ideal for splashing around on hot summer days, too.
If you would like to explore more Riverfront Vacation Rentals at Mt Hood, visit our website. If you have questions or would like to make a reservation, call us at 888-424-9168 or you can book online 24/7/365.
*Want to know more about the benefits of negative ions and serotonin? Check out this article. http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/negative-ions-create-positive-vibes#1

 



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7 Books to Read While Planning your Summer Vacation at Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Thursday, February 9, 2017


7 Books to Get You Started on Your Mt Hood Summer Vacation Planning

It may seem too early to start planning your summer vacation to Mt Hood, but during the cold winter months is the perfect time to cozy up with a stack of books and dream about how you and your family will spend your time at Mt Hood this summer. We have compiled a group of books to get you started on your vacation planning. These books will get you excited about the places you will be visiting and the fun activities you will be enjoying during your Mt Hood trip.

Two popular hiking books that have been around for over 20 years still remain as two of the best guides for hikes throughout the Mt Hood National Forest in the area of Government Camp and up to Timberline Lodge.These self-published books are written by "Little Old Ladies In Tennis Shoes", Sonia Buist and Emily Keller, hence the name of their publishing company, LOLITS. The goal of these two hiking guide books is to break down longer trails such as the Timberline Trail, a 41-mile trail that circumnavigates Mt Hood at "Timberline", into shorter, easy-to-do day hikes.They have provided detailed directions to trail heads, maps, difficulty ratings along with personal commentary and interesting information about the history of the area, flora and fauna and other relevant information.

Whether you ski or snowboard at Mt Hood during the winter or summer, or you are a history buff, Timberline and a Century of Skiing on Mount Hood is an easy and fun book to read with lots of photos and anecdotal stories from many long-time local residents and employees of Timberline Lodge. The author, Jean Arthur, grew up skiing at Mt Hood and working at Timberline Lodge throughout high school and during the summers while in college. P. S. When you stay in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental during the winter and purchase 4 Timberline lift tickets in our office, we will give you a copy of this book!

These days if you are traveling to Mt Hood from Portland, it is about an hour to 1 1/2 hour drive to get here. During the early 1900's when the first automobile trips were made to Mt Hood, it really was an adventure taking up to 3 days to get from Portland to Government Camp, a 60-mile trek over mostly dirt (and mud) roads. The book, Off to Mt. Hood chronicles the early days of road trips to Mt Hood as told by Ivan M. Woolley, who was a college student at the time and would drive tourists in a 1907 Pierce Arrow, a 4-cylinder, 48 horse power vehicle. This book is sprinkled with stories of personal experiences of Mr. Woolley and his compatriots and passengers. He shares the hardships and stories of many of the early settlers who also opened road houses in the area including Wemme, Welches, Faubion, Tawny, McIntyre and more.

Mount Hood, A Complete History by Jack Grauer is the quintessential and most comprehensive chronicle of the people, events, adventures and history of the Mt Hood area. Mr. Grauer writes about everything from the early Native Americans, the first settlers passing over the Barlow Trail, winter and summer recreation including mountain climbing, animals and flora, geology and geography, famous and not-so-important buildings and much more. Jack Grauer's first love was mountain climbing, with his first of 131 ascents of Mt Hood happening in 1947 when he got the bug. The book has a definite slant on the mountaineering history of Mt Hood. First published in 1975, this book has had several updates and revisions with the most recent edition being published in 2010. 

It's been 38 years since the last total eclipse was seen in the continental USA. The moon's shadow completely covers the sun August, 21, 2017 creating the opportuntity to experience Totality. Next year's "Great American Total Solar Eclipse" will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide with the full eclipse being visible just south of Mt Hood. Imagine the morning Sun dwindling down to a narrow crescent and a moment later it vanishes as you're plunged into an eerie twilight. This is a celestial event that is an indescribable sight that is among the most awe-inspiring and beautiful in all of nature. And it is not to be missed! Get Eclipsed is written by Fred Espenak (aka "Mr. Eclipse") retired NASA astrophysicist and leading authority on eclipses, and his eclipse chasing wife Pat Espenak (“Mrs. Eclipse”). Their infectious enthusiasm will get you excited for the eclipse. For more books about the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, click here.

The "wildly" popular book that was made into a movie, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed is the book to pick up this winter to read about a personal life transformation with many of the author's experiences centered around Mt Hood. Much of the movie was also filmed throughout the Mt Hood National Forest and at Timberline Lodge. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman at a crossroads in her life after sufferening loss as she forges ahead on a trek from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail that eventually strengthens her will and heals her soul.

Mt Hood Vacation Rentals are scattered throughout the Villages of Mt Hood, from Brightwood to Welches, Zigzag, Rhododendron and on up to Government Camp. Our cabins, cottages and lodges are from 1-bedroom to 5-bedroom and accommodate 2-16 guests. All homes include fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces or woodstoves, cable, satellite or Internet TV and wifi and washers and driers. Most homes welcome your well-trained dogs at least one year of age. Many include a private, outdoor hot tub, too. All are non-smoking
 
Search here for the perfect Mt Hood Vacation Rental for your summer vacation or call us today at 888-424-9168.

 



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3 Hearty Dishes + Turkey Sandwiches for the Day after Thanksgiving
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Monday, November 14, 2016


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Aaahh, the day after Thanksgiving. Friends and family are gathered around watching football, playing board games or maybe taking an afternoon nap. And the refrigerator is stuffed with leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and veggies. Of course, everyone has a preferred way to make a turkey sandwich. Here are the favorites from the Mt Hood Vacation Rental team.

Turkey Sandwich Ideas

Turkey Sandwich

Paul likes just plain white or wheat bread, white meat, mayo, iceberg lettuce and salt and pepper.
Cari likes her turkey sandwich on a seedy whole wheat bread with cranberry relish, pepper jack cheese, romaine lettuce and slices of sweet pickles.
Betsy uses a whole grain bread, the more textured and interesting the better, white meat, sliced tomatoes, leafy greens and Miracle Whip. Cheese added is ok, too.
Kayla likes her turkey sandwich hot; she uses leftover rolls from the night before with hot turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes open-faced and of course, eats it with a fork.
Debi is a purist and likes dark meat on a grainy, wheat bread and lots of mayo.
Cailin likes dark meat only on thick-sliced garlic Texas Toast, mayo, tomato and romaine lettuce or spinach.
Rachael and her family do not make turkey sandwiches with the leftovers; they make turkey soup with homemade noodles using her husband's grandmother's recipe.
Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Of course, if you have had your fill of turkey sandwiches,
we have 3 tasty recipes for using up turkey day leftovers below.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

2 cups mashed potatoes
1 egg
1/4 cup flour
dash of salt & pepper, to taste
dash of garlic powder
canola oil for cooking
 
Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Form into golf ball sized balls, the flatten with your hands to about 1/2 inch thick. Heat 1 - 2 tbsp. canola oil in cast iron skillet or other large pan. Cook the pancakes on each side until they are golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes. Serve with sour cream.
 
For a really flaMashed Potato Pancakesvorable variation, try adding one or more of the following ingredients to the mashed potato mixture.
 
1/2 cup shredded cheese
Diced scallions
Diced cooked bacon or ham
Substitute sweet potatoes for the mashed potatoes

Turkey Biscuit Pot Pie

2 cups frozen peas, carrots and green beans, thawed (or leftover cooked veggies from Thanksgiving Dinner)
1/2 cup diced celery
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup butter
1/2/3 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
1 cup chicken broth
2/3 cups milk
2 cups chopped cooked turkey (light and dark meat is ok)
1 package ready-to-bake refrigerated biscuits
 
Preheat oven to 350°.
 
Turkey Biscuit Pot PieSaute onion and celery in butter until soft, but not browned. Add the flour, salt, pepper and seasonings and stir to make a roux, cooking off the flour flavor. Add the milk and stir until it bubbles and you have a creamy sauce. Slowly add in the chicken broth and stir until combined; bring back to a slow simnmer. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Pour into at 13" X 9" X 2" pan. Top with the biscuits, spreading evenly over the top.
 
Bake in the preheated oven according to the biscuit package instructions. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Turkey Soup

Turkey carcass with meat still on it
1 tbsp canola oil
1 small onion, minced
2 stalks celery, minced 
1 16 oz. package frozen peas and carrots
1 cup uncooked rice
season to taste (salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, turmeric)
 
Turkey SoupThe most important and time-consuming task in making your soup is in prepping the carcass and making the turkey stock. First, remove all the skin and any other little bones or gristley pieces. You may need to break the carcass into 2 or 3 pieces to fit into your stock pot.
 
Put the carcass into your large pot with water to completely cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer slowly for about 3 hours, partially covered. This will pull all of the meat off the bones and pull flavor out of all parts of the turkey. You will need to scoop out the bones and place them on a plate. When it cools to the touch, pull off any turkey meat that did not come off in cooking and reserve. Discard the bones and other inedible parts. Pour the stock left in the pot into another pot or bowl, through a strainer. This will help you find any small bones, but keep the meat that ends up in the strainer. Put your stock and all turkey back into the pot and simmer on low.
 
In the meantime, sauté the onion and celery in the oil until it is soft and translucent. Add the onion, celery and frozen vegetables to the simmering stock and bring back to a simmer. Add the rice and cook for another 30-45 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.
 
Your turkey likely already had seasonings from roasting, however, you can add more salt, pepper and other seasonings to your liking. A pinch of turmeric will brighten the color of your soup stock.

 



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Cozy & Quick Comfort Food Dishes for Fall
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Easy Versions of Favorite Fall Comfort Foods
 
 
One of the best reasons to stay in a vacation rental when you visit Mt Hood is for the fully-equipped kitchens. You and your friends and family can easily prepare a group meal in the kitchen, then you can gather around the dining table for conversation and a delicious feast.
 
During the fall months, with the cooler and wetter weather, it is the time of year when we start to cook inside more often, too. We have 3 of our employees’ favorite fall comfort food recipes below. These dishes are all versions of more complex dishes in easy to make versions that will be sure to please a crowd, but if you want leftovers, make an extra pan.
 
Cari’s Pan Burrito
This is Cari’s quick version of burritos. You can make a large batch and feed a crowd without having to do all of the work of making individual burritos. You can substitute shredded chicken or pork in this recipe, too.
 
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 package of burrito seasoning
1 12 oz can of refried beans
1 small can of tomato paste
1.5 cups of water
4 cups of grated cheese
1 cup of salsa
4 large flour tortillas
Sour cream
Fresh chives, diced
 
Brown beef in skillet with diced onions then season beef and onions with salt and pepper.  Drain off fat.  Add packet of burrito seasoning, water, tomato paste and refried beans to the same skillet and mix well.  Let simmer for 10 minutes.
 
In a greased 9 inch pie pan, place ¼ of beef/bean mixture then a layer of cheese topped with a tortilla, repeat this process until you have 4 tortilla layers.  On the top of the final tortilla spread 1 cup of your favorite salsa and more grated cheese.
Bake at 350° for 30-45 minutes until pie is thoroughly heated.  Serve with sour cream & chives.
 
 
Betsy’s “Fake” Lasagna
This recipe includes most of the ingredients you will find in lasagna, but it is a lot less work to make as a casserole. Make 2 batches for a large crowd.
 
3 cups orecchiette, farfalle or fusilli pasta cooked according to package directions.
2 jars marinara sauce
1 tbsp. olive oil
½ onion, diced                                                                                                                             
1 bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb chicken Italian sausage (mild or hot)
1 pint ricotta cheese
3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
 
Saute onion and bell pepper for about 5 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until browned. Add the minced garlic and cook for a couple of minutes (do not let the garlic turn brown). Add the marinara sauce and cook for 5 more minutes to meld the flavors.
 
Pour a layer of sauce in the bottom of a 13” x9” pan or a 3 quart casserole dish. Add 1/3 of the cooked pasta. Spread ½ cup of the mozzarella cheese over the pasta, then a layer of sauce so that it seeps down into the pasta. Add spoonfulls of ricotta cheese and another ½ cup of mozzarella cheese. Continue with 2 more layers, topping the casserole with the grated parmesan cheese.
 
Bake covered at 350° for 30 minutes. Bake uncovered for another 15 minutes. Take out of the oven and let the casserole rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
 
 
Rachael’s Pumpkin Dump Cake
When Rachael makes this cake for work, she has to make two, so her husband has one to eat at home. The first time Rachael brought this to the office, the team devoured the entire cake by mid-morning.
 
Cake
1 package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tbsp butter, melted
 
Filling
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
8 tbsp butter, melted
1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
 
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine the cake mix, egg and 8 ounces melted butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13x9 inch baking pan. To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and the pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla and 8 ounces melted butter and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well. Spread the pumpkin mixture over the cake batter and bake for 40-50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.
 
 


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Family Road Trip Tips when Driving to Mt Hood for Christmas Vacation
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Staying in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental with family and friends has been a tradition for decades. Many of our holiday guests drive to Mt Hood, so we thought it would be a good idea to share a few tips for getting here and getting around after you arrive.

Family Road Trip Vacation Travel Tips

Taking road tips longer than an hour with kids can be very challenging. Depending on the age of your children, road trips can be trying for parents and add the need for extra planning. Young children need a lot of attention and older kids will constantly need to be entertained. Here are some tips to make that road trip as much fun as the destination.

Family Tips For Parents

Relax and Breath - Your kids are going to play off your emotions. If you are stressed and in a hurry it will be more difficult for your kids to enjoy the car ride. Don't be in a hurry to have fun. Plan an extra day at the front end of your holiday visit, so you will have more time to enjoy the holidays once you are here. If you are planning on preparing a big meal, bake pies, wrap presents or decorate a tree, you will appreciate the more relaxed atmosphere.

Be Prepared for Hiccups - With kids something is going to go wrong. It doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Plan for car mishaps, lost money, and possible medical issues.

Take the Right Car - Consider renting a car. Renting a car will alleviate wear and tear created by mountain driving on snowy or icy roads at Mt Hood. And a rental car might have a few amenities you don't have in your personal vehicle that will make the drive easier for everyone. And if you rent a larger vehicle you will have more room to haul the family's gear. The extra money might be worth it.

If you are driving your personal vehicle, make sure it is equipped with traction tires or devices for driving on snowy or icy roads. You also want to be sure your heat and defroster are working and you have good-quality windshield wiper blades. We recommend carrying a blanket, flares and drinking water in the car just in case.

Short Breaks - Make the journey as fun as the destination. Depending on the length of your road trip, you might need to stop a few times. Be creative on where you stop. Plan ahead so you can stop at popular and interesting destinations along your route. Let the kids take fun pictures along the way, then post them on your social media pages, Facebook or Instagram. If you have fun selfies, share them with us and we will post on our Selfie Hot Spots blog. Or plan your breaks around meal stops.

Family Tips For Younger Children

Extra Necessities - Make sure you pack extra baby wipes, diapers, snacks, medicine, drinks, bottles (for babies) blankets and pillows.

Car Games - This is a must for all families. Simple old-school car games can help occupy the kids for a few hours and will be fun and different for today's digitally connected kids. Some possible games include 20 questions, the License Plate (finding 50 states) game, or I Spy.

Leave at the Right Time - Planning your departure time around your kids nap time can be huge. Also, try not to leave too early in the morning; let everyone get enough sleep before departing. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get here including delays due to weather, traffic and other unforeseen events.

TV/DVD Player - No parent wants to admit that they use the electronic baby sitter, but it really works on those long car rides.

Don’t Forget The Toys - Picking the right toys and books can help create some distraction time in the car. Bring at least one of your kids' favorite toys.

Family Tips For Young Teens

Portable Electronics - Your kids already know how to keep busy with their smart phones and tablets, so for this longer road trip, let them go with it..

Necessities - Much like younger kids teens will love to have pillows and blankets for napping and snacks for when they are hungry.

Put Them in Charge – Take turns letting the older kids ride in the front seat and co-pilot with the driver. Giving an active child some responsibility will help occupy some of their time. This is also good training for when they get to help with the driving. Teach the kids how to use a paper map, comparing the route to the GPS on your smart phone or in your car.

Local Information - Let your kids help you find things to do and see along the way and once you arrive at Mt Hood using smart phones and tablets while driving.



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Mt Hood Vacation Rentals for the Holidays
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Tuesday, September 20, 2016


 
 
Mt Hood has already experienced some snow days at the higher elevations and according to the National Weather Service we are looking at a La Nina weather pattern which will bring us a cold and snowy winter. Start planning now for your winter vacation to Mt Hood. While vacation rentals have good availability from January through March of 2017, the upcoming holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve are filling in quickly.

If you have been itching to get out on the slopes for some skiing or snowboarding or you just want to have some fun in the snow building a snowman or sledding down a hill, head up to the Villages of Mt Hood. Stay in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental during Thanksgiving Weekend and you can purchase discounted lift tickets for Mt Hood Meadows, Timberline and Mt Hood SkiBowl.
 
And all of our vacation rentals have complete kitchens with all appliances, pots, pans, dishes and utensils so you can prepare a holiday feast in your vacation home. Homes also have TV with cable or satellite for watching the football games and parades, fireplaces and woodstoves, Internet access, decks and BBQs and private outdoor hot tubs. Your dog is welcome at most homes, too.

Dream Catcher Cabin
 
Dream Catcher Cabin is the perfect cozy retreat for a romantic holiday getaway with your sweetheart. This charming gem is right along the Salmon River with a private hot tub overlooking the water. Cozy up by the fireplace after Christmas Dinner and watch TV or build a puzzle together. Two bedroom, two bathroom, sleeps 4, dogs welcome.
 
 
Gather the family at the Salmon River Retreat with the open great room, spacious kitchen and sweeping river views. The floor plan is perfect for 2 families with sleeping spaces and bedrooms upstairs and downstairs. Relax in the outdoor hot tub after dinner, then the kids can head upstairs to play games and watch TV while the parents gather around the great room downstairs. Three+ bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 10, dogs welcome.
 
 
Crystal Creek Chalet
Looking for a traditional mountain cabin with lots of wood and two fireplaces, then the Crystal Creek Chalet is the place to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. This spacious, 3-level home has plenty of room for everyone to spread out. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Salmon River from the dining room during your holiday dinner, then gather in the great room to watch a favorite holiday movie. Four bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 10 dogs welcome.
 
 
Reserve a Mt Hood Vacation Rental for the holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve online or call us at 866-761-8029.


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Betsy's After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Monday, September 19, 2016


If you love canned soup, then this recipe is not for you. I always look forward to after-Thanksgiving turkey soup as much as I love cooking and eating Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all of the sides.

 

 

 

 

After you have eaten all of the sandwiches and heated up plates of turkey dinner that you can handle, it is time to make soup. My mom always made soup from the left-over turkey and I have carried on the tradition. You get a hearty almost stew-like pot of goodness that is perfect for our cold fall weather at Mt Hood.

This is the type of recipe that does not have a strict list of ingredients or amounts. You have to use items that you like and then eyeball how much you need based upon how big your turkey was and how much meat you have leftover.
 
The most important and time-consuming (relatively) task in making your soup is in prepping the carcass and making the turkey stock. First, remove all the skin and any other little bones or gristley pieces. You may need to break the carcass into 2 or 3 pieces to fit into your stock pot. I use my large blue canning pot and cook on the side burner of my BBQ on the deck.

Put the carcass into your large pot with water to completely cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer slowly for about 3 hours, partially covered. This will pull all of the meat off the bones and pull flavor out of all parts of the turkey. You will need to scoop out the bones and place them on a plate. When it cools to the touch, pull off any turkey meat that did not come off in cooking and reserve. Discard the bones and other inedible parts. Pour the stock left in the pot into another pot or bowl, through a strainer. This will help you find any small bones, but keep the meat that ends up in the strainer. Put your stock and all turkey back into the pot and simmer on low.

Now comes the creative part. The amount of the following ingredients can be adjusted to your taste or you can substitute for items you like better. Don't worry if a little of your leftover stuffing or mashed potatoes end up in the soup; they will cook down and add more flavor.

In a large pan, saute the following in a small amount of oil:

1 small-medium onion, minced
2- 4 stalks celery, minced
3-5 carrots, minced
2+ cloves garlic, finely minced (be careful, too much garlic will overpower other flavors)

When the mirepoix is soft and translucent, add it to the simmering stock. Then add the following ingredients. Simmer for about 30-45 minutes or until the rice is cooked.

Leftover turkey shredded into bite-size pieces
Leftover peas, green beans, pearl onions or other veggies from Thanksgiving dinner or 2 cups frozen veggies
Leftover gravy from Thanksgiving dinner
1 cup wild rice (substitute noodles or white rice if you prefer, or make dumplings)
salt, pepper & poultry seasoning to taste

Your turkey soup is ready to be served. This is good with crusty sourdough or French bread and a green salad. If you end up with more soup than you can eat in a day, freeze some. It is perfect for dinner after a crazy day that we know will come up with the holidays ahead. Talk about comfort food.

 

 



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