What do you do with all the leftover’s from Thanksgiving? Well my first thought is to eat them every day until there are no more……sigh, but of course that’s a guy talking, and we all know where that’s headed so we’ll just leave it at that. Did I mention I cooked a 23 pound turkey for two people? Needless to say almost half of it is now in the freezer along with a quart of gravy….after all these years of cooking for so many people, I just have a hard time making small amounts, it’s not really my fault!
But there is something to be said for Thanksgiving day leftover’s, and that my friends is why I don’t go out for Thanksgiving, because the few years that I did, I still had to cook a turkey the next day……left overs are a must!
One of my favorite things to do with left overs, is very simply a turkey sandwich, of course not your garden variety turkey sandwich but one with all the trimmings. In this part of the country I have come to know it as a Bobbie, a staple of a local deli in West Chester, Pa. Now the deli Capriotti’s makes their Bobbie on a long Italian Sub roll, and the original is stuffing, shredded turkey, mayo and cranberry sauce. My version goes on a good Sour dough bread toasted, with mayo, stuffing, sliced turkey, whole berry cranberry sauce, and of course cole slaw! Trust me, the cole slaw makes it!
Now if your still looking for something else to do with all of that glorious turkey, here’s a recipe for Turkey Pot Pie that I did last Thanksgiving, just click on the link to see the recipe!
Ask Chef Dennis
It seems that the most questions I get asked on a regular basis are about Foodbuzz. This week it the topic of choice seems to be about posting……do I self post or let it my content get pushed by foodbuzz? I am an advocate of posting your own and I’ll tell you why. Do you want to be in the top 9? If you don’t upload your own post, the chances are virtually impossible, because if your content is pushed by the feed, there are no images sent with it. No images, no top 9, it’s just that simple. I have to admit I have a pet peeve about those posts too, if I don’t see a picture of the post, and just your smiling face I won’t buzz the post.
I do like to buzz my friends posts, but since my time has gotten to be so limited, I do it the easy way. I go to the foodbuzz page and click on buzz, when that opens, I go to the end of the toolbar and click on my friends. Then all of my friends posts appear, with the new ones first, and if I don’t see a picture of what you made, I just pass it by, and if I do it, you can bet others are too. But I do buzz all of my friends that took the time to upload an image.
It’s really pretty easy to upload your own post and image, and only takes a few minutes. There are other benefits to doing this as well, while your uploading you can use key words to place your post in the category you want, such as baking, family, or healthy. This is what yo do.
1. On your profile page, go to submit your post, then choose submit as a blog post, if you submit your post as a recipe, the comment function will not be there, and you get extra buzz points when your friends leave comments on your post!
2. Fill in the Title of your blog post (use the same one you used on your blog), fill in a summary of your post to give your friends an idea of what you made or what you are doing.
3. Use the tags so people can find your post when they are searching for that dish, use as many as are relevant. This is also where you can place your post in categories.
4. Fill in the link with the exact page address of your blog post, so it goes directly to your post. Then fill in your name as the source. If your name is not there, we may not know it’s your post, my blog is not an acceptable name!
5. Now you have reached where the image is uploaded. Upload Photo , Enter a Title, use the same one from your post….consistency! Now choose your file, browse to your image and select it then upload it. Make life easy use a jpeg! The size of your image should be between 300-500kb, no larger. This holds true for your blog as well, large images take too long to load on your blog, so keep them on the small size without losing quality.
6. Now assign your location and submit.
you can submit more than one image, and sometimes I will submit two, but please you don’t have to submit every image in your post….that’s overkill, and if you share them all, and you do it consistently you will lose some friends. Usually the image that is submitted with the post is the one chosen by the Foodbuzz gods, but sometimes additional images do make it in the top 9, so if you have two really good images, it can’t hurt to submit them both.
While were on the subject the other big question I get is regarding the elusive Top 9. Let me start by saying that the process is subjective, and possibly changes depending upon who is judging them. If you want to be on the top 9, I still believe that the key to at least being noticed is to increase your buzz points for your blog submission, now the way to increase your buzz points for your blog submissions comes down to how many votes (buzzed) you get, and the more friends you have, the greater your chance to have more votes is.
Did you know that where you start on the buzz point scale depends upon your eater status (how much silverware do you have), which is determined by how much and how often you post, and your overall activity. Once you increase your eater status your posts will start higher which increases your chances of getting to 99. I bring this up because when you do make the Top 9, your submission can move around the field, depending upon how many new votes you get, this is a chance for the general population to get to see your image and vote on it. So the editors pick the post, and the readers continue to vote on it. Besides getting you more page views, you will also receive more friends requests form bloggers who are noticing you for the first time.
I would like to ask Newbies to read my Foodbuzz Etiquette 101 I keep seeing a lot of the same issues and know most are only from lack of understanding….Please check it out when you have the time, its the post that started Ask Chef Dennis.
Here’s a new tip from my friend Kita at Pass The Sushi, if you open up a friends post from Foodbuzz and you want to stumble it, or pin it, you want to give your friends website the hits, not Foodbuzz. Look in the top right hand corner of the foodbuzz bar on the blog page, and you will see a little x, click on it and the foodbuzz bar disappears and you get the true blog address! So stumble and pin away, your friends will get the hits! Thanks Kita!
Toni from Boulder Locavore passed this new site on to me, Foodepix I do see some of our friends there, so check it out when you get a chance. The one downside to the site is it requires images to be 250×250 pixels, so not only is it in the square format but a restricted size as well. If you post to Tastespotting this is the same format that you use for them.
If you haven’t been over to Pasplore, I recommend you do, its really a very unique site, and I think you’ll enjoy it.
I have talked about Google+ in the past and recommended you join while it’s still in its infancy, if you haven’t joined do it now. Google+ is growing everyday, and you can tell by the way that facebook is scrambling to make changes that it see’s it as a very real threat. Just think of where you would be if you had joined twitter when it first started.
That’s about it for today my friends, thanks so much for stopping by. If you have questions please send them my way, and if you have any suggestions or tips you’d like to pass along email them to me, and I will make sure to give you credit for them! Just remember its a jungle out there so be careful, and don’t forget……
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