Using up the Christmas turkey

It's been awhile! Life catches up to me now and then and during Christmas, it chases me down.

We had turkey for Christmas, so today I boiled the carcass and froze five containers of turkey and broth for soup or noodles later on. I use Mom's homemade noodle recipe, which makes big, thick and delicious noodles. When I have turkey or chicken noodle soup, all I want are the noodles!

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbs oil
5 large eggs

Mix oil and salt, then beat the eggs into it. Sift the flour into a large bowl and make a well in the center of it, then add the egg mixture a little at a time, mixing with your fingers. You should wind up with a firm dough that needs to be kneaded a little to smooth it. Once that's done, cover it with a damp cloth and let it rest about a half hour.

Set your meat with plenty of broth to boil, then roll out the noodle dough at least 1/8 inch thick. Using a pastry cutter or a sharp knife, cut the dough into strips about a half inch wide and as long as you want them. I usually cut mine about 3 inches long because they're easier to handle when cooked.

Drop the noodles into the boiling broth one by one and let them cook until tender, anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. What makes the difference is how thick the noodles are, how fast the broth is boiling and the altitude where you are.

When they're done, the broth will have thickened. Serve with cooked peas and carrot sticks. Mmm... I'm ready!

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