So now that this little group hug is over, I will tell you all about my turkey soup that is simmering on the stove.
After Christmas dinner was all over and done with, I tossed the turkey carcass and the neck and gizzards in the freezer.
Last night before going to bed I dumped that frozen carcass in a pot. I added a big quartered onion, three carrots cut into maybe 4 inch pieces, a bunch of celery and celery hearts, some parsnips, some bay leaves, sea salt, marjoram and a pile of peppercorns. Filled that pot with water, brought it to a boil and let it simmer overnight. This morning the broth was ready. Nice to wake up to the smell of turkey.
So I proceeded to strain the stock into another pot. I was left with a bunch of soggy vegetables and a lot of meat falling off the carcass. I removed all the bones and chopped/mushed the vegetables and ended up with a lot of sweet turkey meat and vegetable goodness.
The pictures don't really do it justice. There was "a lot" of meat and vegetables. I dumped all the good stuff back in the pot with the broth, and added some diced sweet potato, more celery and a pile of chopped parsley, as well as the rest of the turkey leftovers.
Added some Knorr chicken powder and more sea salt and pepper and brought to a steady simmer to cook the sweet potato. About 20 minuted ago I added a pile of orzo, which is now cooking and should give the soup just the right consistency.
We have nice bread and unsalted butter.
Should be tasty. I'm starving!