Fall gluten-free soup

Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

December 4, 2013

Sorry for taking so long to post this! My plan had been to take pictures on Monday morning but I slept in past my alarm and was late for work. I don’t think squeezing a food photog sesh in there would have flown with my boss. So the post got delayed and you got all things pumpkin instead.

You all saved your turkey carcasses right? I don’t know why, but I feel like Dexter saying things like that. Putting all carcasses aside, this Turkey and Wild Rice Soup is all kinds of amazing. It also makes enough to cure world hunger.Β I wish I could take credit for the recipe or at least for making the soup, but all that goes to my Mom. She’s awesome. We (she) make this soup almost every year but there’s no actual recipe for it so each year it turns out differently. But that’s how it rolls in my Mom’s kitchen. Though sometimes she follows recipes, she also has the ability to just throw things together and they always work.

turkey and wild rice soupI unfortunately do not have the same kind of confidence when it comes to cooking. Baking is a different story. Part of what comes with baking is accepting that your recipes will fail. It’s also far more of a science so too much or too little of something can ruin a recipe. But I understand baking. I know the ratios, how different ingredients react, baking times, pan sizes etc…so I’m not so apprehensive when it comes to recipe creations.

turkey and wild rice soup This is probably the opposite of most people. I have a very scientific brain and do much better with “exacts” rather than just adding things and seeing what happens. I can identify a sweet spice with my eyes closed but savoury herbs and spices? I may as well have my nose plugged because I don’t know the difference. I legitimately spent 30 minutes over the weekend smelling different spices and testing myself. You gotta start somewhere!

Anyway, here is THIS year’s recipe for Turkey soup. Next year’s may be entirely different, but I have faith it will be equally as delicious!

Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

by Davida Kugelmass

Prep Time: 40 mins

Cook Time: 4 hours

Keywords: cook appetizer soup/stew gluten-free turkey

Ingredients (Yields: about 16 cups)

  • 1 turkey carcass
  • 1 cup lima beans
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 T dried sage
  • 1 T poultry seasoning
  • 1 T dried thyme
  • 1 T marjoram
  • 2 splashes of white wine
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • *cheesecloth for straining


1. Soak lima beans for at least 1 hour.

2. In a very large pot add turkey carcass and cover with water.

3. Bring stock to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for 2 hours. Every once and a while skim the top for fat.

4. Let cool and then strain through cheese cloth. Set stock aside OR place in refrigerator overnight and skim the fat off the top in the morning. Save contents of cheesecloth until cool.

5. Once cooled completely sort through cheesecloth to remove the bones and pick out the turkey pieces.

6. Shred turkey pieces into bite size.

7. In a large pot, saute onion, carrots, celery and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

8. Add turkey stock, turkey pieces, lima beans, wild rice and spices to the veggies and bring to a boil.

9. Reduce heat to a simmer and add in wine.

10. Cook for 2 hours.

*Because each carcass will be different you may have to adjust the spices and/or add water. If you find your soup needs more flavour add a bit more of each spice. If you find your soup is too thick add in more water.

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  • Reply
    December 4, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Girl, you need to either a.) put a recipe book together or b.) get your own cooking show πŸ™‚

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Blushing πŸ˜€ It would be a dream to have a cookbook! As for a cooking show? No one would watch it haha

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan
    December 4, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Ooh – Your turkey and wild rice soup looks so fabulous! Love Lima beans and wild rice combined!!! Thanks for sharing lady!
    I am so with you on the baking – it is so much easier! I never thought about why I felt this way – but you make a good point!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Thanks Shahi! I’m a huge Lima bean fan! Ooooh maybe I could bake them into something?!? Ideas!

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    Danielle @ Green is the New Black
    December 4, 2013 at 5:35 am

    This soup sounds delicious! I am the complete opposite and find cooking much easier. It’s funny because my brain is also very scientific and my job requires precise calculations for feeding recipes (I work with preterm babies, so one math error can make a big difference!), but when it comes to baking, my brain doesn’t do so well! My baked goods never come out the way I’d expect. Maybe by the time I get home, my brain just wants to guess at things? Who knows! It’s good to have a balance of people who can bake and people who can cook in the world! Have a great day!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 11:35 am

      I work with preterms too! What do you do?

      Thank goodness the world has it’s fair share of cooks and bakers πŸ™‚

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    December 4, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I much prefer to bake and often joke that my baking never relies much on science. For some reason, I am able to play around, not measure too much and still create the yummy end result. Magic touch? Maybe lol.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    December 4, 2013 at 6:58 am

    This looks so delicious! We always make turkey soup following holidays, but with noodles. I have to say though, I much prefer wild rice to noodles. I might try to commandeer the turkey carcass this year before my dad gets to it so that I can make this. πŸ˜‰

    Unlike you, I find cooking SO much easier. Baking is just too exact!

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    December 4, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Soups are perfect for just kind of throwing things together and hoping for the best! This looks great!

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    Elise @ 9toFit.com
    December 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I love the turkey soup creations after Thanksgiving. My mom’s is always different every year too, but there still hasn’t been a year she hasn’t made it

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    December 4, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Looks delish! I should of asked my mom to wrap up the carcass and send me home with it. πŸ™‚

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    December 4, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Ohhh moms, aren’t they the best? I didn’t save my turkey carcass because I didn’t eat normal turkey this year, but this looks totally doable for me to add chicken perhaps? I’m really going to make an effort to make my own soup more often than not–canned soup is fine of course but veryyy sodium-based. Once again, delicious recipe!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Totally do-able with chicken! And throws some veggies in with the carcass to make the broth extra delish πŸ™‚

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    Caroline Taylor
    December 4, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Such a good idea to use the turkey!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    December 4, 2013 at 8:19 am

    This looks so good. My mind was blown when you talked about saving the turkey carcass, plus I wasn’t going to pack a turkey carcass in my suitcase and bring it back to Connecticut with me. That being said, putting it in boiling water for a few hours doesn’t seem too hard. Maybe next year!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      I can just imagine you travelling back to conneticut with a carcass haha. Interesting convo at security lol

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    December 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

    This looks amazing! I like having measurements too, at least until I’m familiar with something enough to play around with it. Honestly, I’d be totally happy if my husband did all the cooking (he does most of it anyway). I can cook, but I’d rather just get to the eating part πŸ™‚

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    December 4, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Can I just say that your pictures look stunning?? This soup looks sooo delish…remind me of matzoh ball soup, which I totally need to make soon. Like tomorrow.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Seriously honored coming from you πŸ™‚

      I need matzoh ball soup right this second. Make the craving go away!!!

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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    December 4, 2013 at 9:13 am

    my mom makes something similar and she legit takes a WHOLE CHICKEN with other things and boils it for hours in a giant pot that can feed a small village. i’m a terrible cook and need recipes; there are very little things i can make on the fly unless i want to feel my family failed meals.

    Vodka and Soda

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Chicken soup! It’s the best. Seriously though Kat, it’s like the easiest thing to make. I’ll teach you!

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    December 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Hhaha you’re so cute! I can just picture you sitting down with a bunch of spices in front of you smelling them. You’re right though, you can’t learn if you don’t try! I am no good with mixing spices yet. Or baking ratios. This girl does not have a mathematical brain at all. I can’t even count change correctly sometimes… okay tangent over. This soup sounds delightful. I love wild rice and don’t have it nearly enough.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      I can’t figure out the tip no matter what! Thank god for calculators. I’m good with remembering how much of each but can’t do math for my life.

      And yes, major nerd right here!

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    Christie @ Kissesandkale.blogspot.com
    December 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Oh wow Davida, this looks so delicious! Unfortunately, we had Thanksgiving out of town so I didn’t get to save the turkey carcass. I’ll still have to make this recipe though; it looks perfect for the cold winter weather we’ve been having.

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    Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    December 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

    This looks delicious! I love your pictures- what kind of camera do you use?

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    December 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

    This looks awesome! I love making turkey sandwiches and soup with leftover turkey. So good.
    I definitely find cooking easier – it’s easier to correct mistakes with cooking than it is with baking!

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    Lillian @ Seize the Latte
    December 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Ok, I’ve decided that you need to get picked up by the Food Network so you can be the next Barefoot Contessa/Pioneer Woman, because this recipe sounds and looks amazeballs. (Really, though, all your recipes look and sound amazeballs. Hence the need for the Food Network to scoop you up and turn you into a superstar.)

    I’d planned on saving the turkey carcass so I could make soup over the weekend, but then I got lazy. (We had dinner at a friend’s house, and I didn’t want to schlep the carcass back after having gone to such great pains to schlep the whole bird there.) However! You’ve already inspired me for next year, so it’ll be on like Donkey Kong in November 2014. Turkey carcass of the future, you’ll have a noble purpose! πŸ™‚

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Everything about this comment made me smile! No one would watch my show but I appreciate the comment πŸ™‚ Is 2014 here yet? I’m ready for the year to be over gah. Can you tell it’s been a long day?

      Come hang out with me. Thanks πŸ™‚

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    December 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a turkey carcass, but I wish I did, as this soup looks delish! Your pictures get prettier everyday and I love your new watermark. I made one, but didn’t really like it. Now you’ve inspired me to make a new one. πŸ˜‰

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    Danielle @ LabelsAreForTinCans
    December 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Maybe it’s a Mom thing – my Mom is totally the same way! Even with baking sometimes. Which impresses me… especially since they always turn out!

    I am impressed by your dedication to spice smelling πŸ˜‰

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    Nicole @ fruitnfitness
    December 4, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I love turkey wild rice soup, by far one of my favorite fall/winter meals. My mom makes the best turkey wild rice soup but like yours doesn’t use a recipe. We make wild rice soup multiple times a year but I have never thought to add beans to it. I might have to try that next time.

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    December 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

    this looks amazingly delish and can i say from a blogger perspective that i’m SO impressed with the way you left some carrot and such on the spoon for the photos. such a nice touch.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      THANK YOU! First good picture I’ve ever taken! Food photography is the bane of my existence!

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    Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour
    December 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I love using leftover Thanksgiving turkey for soup..this version looks so good!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    December 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

    What is it about mom’s that makes them so amazing at improvising in the kitchen? It’s the same in my home. Me, on the other hand? Hopeless at cooking. Like you, baking just makes so much more sense to me… which is funny since science and math were never my fortes in school.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Maybe having kids gives you some magic talent or something? Don’t even get me started on my Math skills! horrific.

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    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    December 4, 2013 at 11:48 am

    My mom makes a similar soup in place of chicken noodle when I’m sick. Oh, moms… I will definitely be making this soon with chicken instead of turkey since my turkey from Thanksgiving is all gone!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Would be amazing with chicken too! My Mom is making it seriously hard for me to move out!

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        December 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        It’s always nice to have company in the kitchen. I’ll do the cooking and you do the baking. Love you.

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    December 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Yum yum yum! My mom is really good at baking but I am more of a cooking person. I find it way easier probably because I do it more. My mom makes awesome Finnish bread called Nissu. I’m sure she has a recipe but she hasn’t shared it with me!

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    December 4, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I’m the exact opposite! I’m cool with adjusting or experimenting with cooking, but with baking, I need a recipe!

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    December 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Turkey turkey turkey turkey twerking everywhere!!!! πŸ˜€ Love this – I think I would sub in some black-eyed peas! LOVE THOSE THINGS!!!!! And they’re good luck on NYs DAY!

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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    December 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I can feel a cold coming on and this soup looks like it would do just the trick in soothing it….unfortunately I do not have a turkey carcass lying around, haha!

    Beautiful pics btw πŸ˜‰

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you! No turkey carcasses lying around? They’re a kitchen essential! just kidding πŸ˜‰

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    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    December 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    My dad is in charge of the turkey soup making after thanksgiving! This year we didn’t have any cause we didn’t host Thanksgiving :(. Your mom’s turkey soup looks fab!

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    December 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Love any rice soup! I’m definitely the opposite in that I have more experience and feel more comfortable with cooking. This probably has something to do with not having a very big sweet tooth though. Most of my friends are very good bakers however. Thank you for sharing!

    atelier zozo

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    December 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Yay for mom’s cooking! Mine never cooks from recipes! The funny thing is I discovered the magic of Thanksgiving leftovers this year. Have to admit I just used leftover turkey stock but I made a vegetable pasta soup with leftover chunks of turkey and my family and I loved it. We were having some brown rice with our meal so my husband and I tried the soup with rice and we just loved it…and now we’re craving turkey & rice soup! Your (your mom’s) looks amazing!!

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    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life
    December 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    This soup is really pretty! (like, that was my first thought:) And then I looked at the ingredient list and I started to drool … this is a fantastic soup Davida! Hmmm … with soups I’m comfortable with messing around … most cooking I need a recipe though. Baking, ha! I rarely make something according to a recipe! I’m a little lopsided in those areas! πŸ™‚

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    Karey @ Nutty About Health
    December 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    This soup looks amazing!! It’d be perfect on a cold, foggy winter day… like today. πŸ˜‰

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    Ja @Ja on the RUN
    December 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    YUMMM! I love the sound of this! πŸ™‚ It sounds really yummy! πŸ™‚ I love meals after the Thanksgiving more. πŸ™‚ People create variety from the left overs. πŸ™‚ Love it!

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    Lindsay @ Shiny Love Affair
    December 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    This looks amazing, Davida. I love soups like this. I really do like baking and cooking the same. I think it’s more difficult to make up your own baking recipes. I usually mess things up a few times before they’re good enough to share. I think there’s less room for error when cooking because you can slowly add things until it tastes ok. Sometimes when I’m baking, the batter will taste awesome but once it comes out of the oven…it’s a different story.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      I know I’m so weird…cooking really should be easier for me! You can cook, I’ll bake and everything will be better πŸ™‚

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    December 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    This sounds so delicious!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    December 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Ironically, the family recipe without a recipe is a soup too my mum makes whenever I’m sick. This is such a great idea though. You know why? Because you get to eat ALL the turkey to get to the damn carcass. πŸ˜‰

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    December 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Turkey and will rice soup is one of my all-time favourites! My family has loads of recipes without recipes – my dad’s an avid chemist and a cook, and he loves nothing more than to experiment. Because he worked in an indian restaurant while he was a teenager, we’ve gone through countless (delicious) iterations of curries. The next is never quite the same as the last!

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    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    December 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Girl, where was the recipe last week when I was elbow deep in leftover turkey??? πŸ™‚ Pinning for next year!

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living
    December 4, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I love making turkey soup out of the turkey carcass after Thanksgiving. This year, we were away for Thanksgiving, but thankfully, I found some turkey parts at Whole Foods this week and just made roast turkey and stock tonight. Love how comforting your soup sounds!

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    Tina Muir
    December 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Yummy! This looks so much better than the stuff that comes out of a can, and things taste SO MUCH BETTER homemade! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      So much better than the canned stuff! And makes enough to freeze so you can eat it year round πŸ™‚

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    December 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Perfect timing on this post – it is going to be bitterly cold this weekend so I will be making soup at least once. This looks amazing!!

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    Nicole @ Quest for Balance
    December 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I’ll definitely have to book mark this recipe and save my Christmas carcass. It sounds so simple, yet looks quite delicious. I love recipes where you have a gigantic batch and can freeze some for later. I always forget it’s in my freezer and it becomes an awesome surprise when I’m hunting through it for an easy meal. My mom makes turkey soup to, but, it kind of sucks haha. We’ll just have to keep that a secret. She does have this amazing carrot turnip bake that is a passed down family recipe though. I get excited to eat it every holiday. In terms of cooking versus baking, I would have to go with cooking. I’m still learning the whole science behind baking so I have better luck with combining cooking flavours and seeing where it gets me. I generally just listen to my odd cravings and it seems to come out pretty well most of the time. Sometimes it’s beyond terrible though. Ok, world’s longest comment, ever. I’m outtie.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      bahahahaha I love everything about this comment!
      a)I hope you make this after christmas
      b)hilarious that your mom’s soup sucks and no one has told her
      c)you said outtie. Can we be best friends???

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    December 4, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    This is just perfect…especially as the weather starts to cool down! Soups are only bearable to me during cold months πŸ™‚ I love that you cook with your mom. I miss my parents! I’m hoping to get in some good cooking time with my momma when I go home over Christmas Break.

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    December 4, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Even though the words “turkey carcass” just give me the heebie-jeebies (totally a word), the recipe looks delicious! I love turkey soup! I had to laugh at you spending 30 minutes smelling spices … Kevin and I “test” each other on spices just for fun as we’re cooking! (He’d kill me if he knew I admitted that … good thing he doesn’t read blogs!)

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      hahahaha it’s totally a heebie-jeebie kind of word πŸ˜‰ And I’m obsessed with you and Kevin already!

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    December 5, 2013 at 12:51 am

    This soup looks and sounds amazing!! Now I just need to have some leftover turkey in my life to make it. Good one for Christmas time.

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    December 5, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Davida! This is so perfect! Great way to use up turkey, too!

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    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
    December 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Could you come to Scotland and make this for my dinner please?

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    December 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I love experimenting in the kitchen, but that’s mostly becauase I hate measuring stuff and having to wash up the cups afterwards lol. This soup looks amazing, and utterly comforting! I can’t wait to see next year’s version!!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 8, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Ugh I hate doing dishes! But with baking it’s kind of a must. I’m pretty good about measurements without using cups but if I’m baking for the blog I gotta make sure I”m getting it right πŸ˜‰

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    December 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    THERE it is!! The recipe I’ve been waiting all week for…only to have just put the carcass (yeah that does sound weird) in the freezer yesterday! Doh! Honestly though, I got some sort of weird virus-y thing yesterday and since the last thing I had eaten before all of that was T.Day leftovers, I knew there was NO WAY I would be able to even think about turkey for a while. So in the freezer it will keep until I’m ready! πŸ™‚ And just FYI, those pictures were totally worth the wait! Gorgeous, m’dear…gorgeous!

    And yeah, I’m the exact opposite from you! I can throw just about anything together when I’m cooking, but with baking, I have no clue!!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 8, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Thanks lady! But I have to say, you’re a pretty awesome baker yourself. And you obviously own with it comes to pancakes!

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    Lindsey D
    December 6, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Oh that’s a great way to use up leftover Turkey. I usually make turkey noodle soup, but maybe I’ll give this one a try next time..

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    December 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    This looks like the perfect post Thanksgiving use of turkey. I love the fresh produce… this is definitely a meal my family would enjoy:-)

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    December 6, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I totally find baking WAY easier. I know what works together. I know how things interact. I don’t have the same confidence when it comes to cooking. I’ve made a few recipes the past couple of weeks that haven’t been hits and it’s a little disappointing!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 8, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Nothing worse than a kitchen fail. I had a disastrous pasta recipe the other week…who messes up pasta?!?!

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