Do you still have Thanksgiving leftovers? If so, combat boredom with Mark Bittman’s suggestions for transforming Thanksgiving mainstays.
Last night I used the last of my mashed potatoes to make something like Bittman’s garlic-rosemary potato fritters. Instead of garlic and rosemary, I used caramelized onions (which I cooked the night before to save time) and thyme. Some crumbled blue cheese would have been a fantastic addition; I found my fritters a little dull.
Along the same lines, read this great essay by Tamar Adler about applying Thanksgiving-meal planning to everyday cooking:
We see in everything we buy and cook the promise of leftovers, and the makings of meals to come. … To cook sustainably, we need meat and vegetables to come in their own skins and on their bones and covered in their leaves, because they’re more economical and will leave us more to turn into future meals. We need to cook a bit more at once, and then do little cooking, and more adjusting during the week, which is often all we have time for, anyway.
Sounds a lot like someone I know.