I had a lot of dessert sampling during Thanksgiving. There were some impressive spread of chocolate cakes, cookies, pies and etc. All home-made. I didn’t know this until recently, but the fiance’s family (his cousins) includes some very talented bakers. I believe one went to culinary or pastry school.

I enjoyed browsing thru a ton of recipe books at their house, one really caught my eye because I wanted to make every recipe that was in it. It was “The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2008” cookbook. I think this book can dangerous.


But I realized that with all the feasting the last few days during Thanksgiving, I did not have any food that had coconut in it. Not even coconut desserts, which is usually served at family parties, but this year we didn’t have any.

I was craving it this morning and made chocolate protein oatbran and added melted coconut butter, pumpkin puree and unsweetened coconut chunks.

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It’s time consuming to wait for the coconut butter to melt or at least get liquidy after it has hardened in the jar, but in this case, it was worth it.

I just put the whole jar in a pot with hot water (water level covering half of the jar) and wait for the coconut to melt inside and scoop it up. Liquid coconut cream.

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Our refrigerator is filled with so much leftovers that it looks like it’s going to throw up each time I open it. Even though I have a lot of leftovers in the refrigerator, I just want to take a break from eating the same food I’ve been eating.

Me and the fiance had cravings for dim sum. It’s simple, steamed and exactly the opposite of the Thanksgiving food that includes decadent desserts, and dishes filled with creams and sauces.

We went to our usual spot and ate at Furiwa Restaurant. This is our go to place for dim sum.

Shrimp dumpling and shumai.

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Fried shrimp roll and scallop dumpling/shumai.

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One of my favorite dishes at dim sum is Chinese broccoli.

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All together now. We were happy with this meal, it was just what we needed.

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Do you have a lot of Thanksgiving leftovers? How many days do you typically eat the leftovers?


  1. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    Hey HC,

    I know what you mean about having left overs I think I would be the one TU instead of the fridge. LOL I had a fridge full of food and wasn’t craving not one thing in it.

    Well I’m glad I went to someone’s house for Thanksgiving so leftovers were a small to go serving. I would say for left overs maybe no more then 2 days and probably 1-2 serving a day. Enough is enough! heh

    That coconut protein oatbran for Breakfast sounds delicious now if I can get up a wee bit earlier to crank out something quick like this I’d have a warm meal. It’s that time for hot oatmeal like dishes right?!

    Hope you’re having a great evening.

  2. we have quite a few leftovers… I don’t eat turkey, but Jason does, so right now I have a slow cooker full of leftover turkey I am making into bbq turkey for him!! 😀

    I’ve been eating the garlic mashed potato and (gluten free!) dressing leftovers… YUM.

    that broccoli looks So Good…

  3. What a beautiful breakfast bowl- those coconut chunks make it! And I’ve never had dim sum – looks so yummy- I wonder if there are any places that have it around here. We didn’t have a TON of leftovers. Enough turkey for Josh for two meals. I made him turkey nachos and a turkey stuff potato!

  4. OMG all of those dishes, especially that Chinese broccoli looks amazing! We typically do have lots of leftovers, but since we live out of town from the relatives, we don’t really get to bring much home with us. Which, is honestly fine, by the time we’re done with Thanksgiving we’ve had so much turkey and dressing and fattening foods and desserts we are ready for salads and lighter fare!

    My favorite leftover dish in the past has always just been the good ol’ homemade turkey sandwiches with lettuce, tomatoe, and mustard. yum =)

  5. well we had a 20lb turkey for just 3 people so we have turkey leftovers for a long time!! We plan on freezing it and using the leftovers throughout the year 🙂

  6. I NEED that cookbook! However, it does look like it could be dangerous 😉

    This year I totally got jipped… leftovers 😦 If I do get them, it’s typically 1 day that I keep them…depending on what it is. Dessert…that may last a little longer 😉

  7. mmmmm. I love dumplings!

    No leftovers for me! Its a good thing. Oddly, I don’t love turkey so having it for more than one meal is a bit much.

  8. movesnmunchies says:

    mmi love seeing that coconut in your oatbran!!! i want to try that!

  9. squigglefloey says:

    My parents went out for dimsum the day after Thanksgiving 🙂 Me and my brother slept in…
    The chinese broccoli was also my favorite dish, even when I was younger! I think the thick dark sauce is what makes it so yummy

  10. I am not a fan of coconut or coconut butter at all! it frustrates me because I want to like it.. but I just don’t. I spent 15 bucks on a jar, and now it is just sitting in my cupboard collecting dust. It sure does make a beautiful bowl of oats though 🙂

    I love Chinese food! Now you have me craving it 🙂

  11. We finally just got done our leftovers Sunday night. It gets tiring eating the same meal every single day. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving food but sometimes enough is enough.

    I’ve never had dim sum before. The dumplings, and broccoli look delish!

  12. Those dumplings look good, I haven’t had any in ages!

    I’m really really really bad at eating leftovers so we usually eat them once and that’s it 🙂

  13. We had so many left overs that opening my fridge made me crazy by Saturday!! I’ve just gone cold turkey (hahah didn’t even plan that joke) on the leftovers and am back to eating regular meals! The rest of my family can finish those up.

  14. I’m out of Artisana coconut butter– can you sad SAD and heartbreaking?!? 🙂

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