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Michael Dukakis on Turkey Carcasses

Former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis believes you are not through with Thanksgiving cooking when the meat is stripped from the turkey. Don’t throw away the carcass! He saves not only his Thanksgiving leftovers, but those of friends, too. He gets one out of the freezer occasionally over the year to make soup. Dukakis has always been famously thrifty, and he eventually became a cook, too.

“It all started when my dear wife after 23 years of marriage — and she was a good cook, I must say — one day said, ‘That’s it, I’m not cooking any longer,’ ” he said. “Just like that. At the time the only thing I knew how to make was French toast. So I was confronted with a choice: Starve or start cooking. So I’ve been doing all the cooking the last 29 years.

“I should also add one of our favorite purchases at Costco is rotisserie chicken,” he continues. “They sell them for $4.95. Kitty and I must get 10 meals out of them.”

First, he says, they eat the chicken itself. Then, just as he does with the turkey carcass, he uses the chicken carcass to make soup. The soups, particularly hearty ones, have become a bit of a specialty of his.

You can see Dukakasis’ recipe for turkey soup in case you want to try it yourself. But if you don’t want to use your turkey carcass, he’ll take it off your hands, as he explains in an article at the Boston Globe. -via Digg

(Image credit: Flickr user leigh wolf)

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MrsO made turkey soup today. I tested it and it's pretty darned good. Look forward to some lunches with it. She will freeze some of it for a later time.
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