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November 21, 2013
Tom turkey can yield more than Thanksgiving dinner. Leftover turkey can be used for more than one or two sandwiches. It can be used in soups, salads and casseroles, just ask Joan LeGro Bushnell.

Grosse Pointe Farms resident Bushnell has gathered more than 60 recipes in which the main ingredient is leftover turkey in her cookbook, “Gobble it Up! A Rafter of Recipes for Leftover Turkey.”

The soft cover cookbook stemmed from a conversation she had with her publisher. A writer of plays, melodramas and songs, Bushnell was discussing a wild game cookbook she and her husband had published years ago.

“In the conversation, the publisher came up with a turkey cookbook,” she said.

It’s a departure from her other forms of writing — “off the stage and into the kitchen,” Bushnell said.

With a topic and a publisher, she set about gathering recipes from her mother’s collection “Cooking Clips” and her personal collection.

“Mom was a very good cook” she said of why she included her mother’s recipes.

When the initial manuscript came in shorter than her publisher wanted, Bushnell added the turkey’s history in the United States, along with tips on buying, storing, preparing, cooking and carving a turkey. There also are turkey facts — a turkey has 157 bones and North Carolina annually produces more turkey than any other state.

Published in time for the Canadian’s October Thanksgiving celebration, she said, it sold out following its release in Exeter, Ontario, Canada.

“I did a book signing and people went crazy over it,” Bushnell said. “It’s been going very, very well.”

Reprinted in time for the holidays, the book is priced at less than $12. It can be found at Joyce’s Salon & Spa, Fresh Farms Market, Village Market and Jerry’s Club Party Store and on Amazon.com.

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