I was honored when my fireman son-in-law asked to add this recipe to their firehouse cookbook. You can prepare parts of this turkey soup ahead of time and then assemble when ready. Serve with crunchy-crusted bread. —Carol Perkins, Washington, Missouri
The unexpected combination of flavors and textures in this cool salad sparks taste buds. It can be a main course for a luncheon or a side dish at a dinner or a barbecue. I've gotten many compliments sharing it as a potluck dish.
-Sara Primarolo, Sanquoit, New York
Myrna Sisel of Green Bay, Wisconsin makes the most of her turkey by simmering the carcass to create this soup that's warm and comforting on a cold winter's day The golden broth is full of rice, barley and colorful veggies.
I've always loved turkey, dumplings and stuffing, so I combined them and added a punch of Creole flavor. My family loves it, even my little ones. It's got some kick, but a dollop of sour cream mellow that out. —Relina Shirley, Reno, Nevada
"We have many cold months in Idaho, and hearty soups served with hot rolls help warm us up," writes Tami Christman from her home in Soda Springs. "My mom got the recipe for this delicious soup—chock-full of kidney beans, apples and turkey sausage—at a country restaurant in Lima, Montana. Guests always ask for a copy."
While trying to find a creative use for leftover turkey, we decided to add gnocchi instead of noodles. My 8-year-old daughter always asks for more. If you don't have leftover turkey, a rotisserie chicken works just as well. —Amy Babines, Virginia Beach, Virginia
"Our family looks forward to a pot of soup every Saturday," writes Janet Eggers of Pound, Wisconsin. "This one ranks high at our house because the flavor is sooo good! The wonderful aroma of Italian seasonings simmering always brings folks to the table. The soup's nicely spiced, and the turkey sausage makes it a little lighter."
This hearty, chunky soup is the perfect answer to your Turkey Day leftovers. Combining the earthy flavors of curry and cumin, no one will mistake it for canned soup! Jane M. Scanlon, Marco Island, Florida
Dried cranberries give this refreshing salad sweetness while chopped pecans lead a pleasant crunch. Whether served on a lettuce leaf or stuffed inside a pita, it makes a perfect lunch or midday snack.
—:Andrea Yacyk of Brigantine, New Jersey