Literary Leftovers

by calamity_hane

And now for something completely different…

Have leftover turkey in your fridge?

WU Facebook community member Angie Ledbetter–women’s fiction writer, an editor with Rose & Thorn Journal, and a foodie–knows exactly what to do with it. Enjoy!

p.s. Be sure to read her literary association angle at the end.

Turkey Stroganoff

16 ounces of lean ground turkey
1 small white or yellow onion, diced fine
1 package (12-oz.) wide egg noodles
3 10-oz. cans low fat cream of mushroom soup
2 cups low fat milk
Sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder to taste

Saute onion until as limp as your writerly muse after a weeklong bout with writer’s block. Add turkey and brown. Sprinkle on spices. (Good time to recall that variety is the spice of life, and vary your sentence types to add interest.) Pour in soup and milk. Mix well and simmer for 10 minutes or so. Cover and cook on low for @15 minutes. Prepare noodles according to package, then drain. (Feeling drained by your WIP? Try switching to a different project for a bit.) Garnish with parsley if desired. Serves 8-10.

**Literary Associations: The 18th century Russian noble family Stroganov is best known today for this namesake recipe, but most likey, beef stroganoff began as peasant fare before landing on Count Pavel Stroganov’s table. Tolstoy described Russian society of that era in War and Peace as being enamored with all things French, so the desire to cook in the French style may be credited with the invention of this favored dish.

Now, get cookin’ on your WIP 



  1. says

    Ah, so once again, it all comes back to Napoleon. You’ve inspired not only literary leftovers, but a desire to dive into Tolstoy again. But then again, after all that turkey tryptophan, the movie version of Anna Karenina might be the way to go. ;-) Thanks Angie!

    • says

      Amy — wouldn’t it be cool to have a writerly weekend full of good food and chat?

      Backatcha, D.D. & Ray. :)

      Great story, Bernadette!

      Kat — I used turkey vs. “cow” for you. LOL

  2. says

    Trust you to know exactly what was needed for today, my friend. Your artistic fingers are a touchstone for what salves the soul. Yummmm. Happy Thanksgiving to all. :)

  3. Bernadette Phipps-Lincke says

    I have plenty of ‘literary leftovers’ that I stew on and one day will bring to full boil.

    And on a tangent because you triggered the memory, I will confess something. When I was a teenager my father gave me War and Peace to read. The result…I went about introducing myself to strangers as ‘Natasha’.

    Great post, and thanks for bringing back the memories. :)

  4. says

    Loved the simplicity of this post – something I can literally sink my teeth into – :-D

    And funny but it makes me want to go work on my novel – yeah! And, to eat something yummy.