Thanksgiving dinner tastes great on the night, but you should use a little creativity when recycling the leftovers to avoid Thanksgiving overkill. I try to take my taste buds on a mini world tour to keep it interesting. No odes to leftover here – your taste buds will be delighted with some of my favorite international picks from around the web.

A Duran Duran World Tour Thanksgiving
Spice it up south of the border for this Mexican Turkey Posole Stew from the University of Illinois.
Or how about this Turkey Curry from RazzleDazzleRecipes.com to transport you to Thailand?
Turkey Moo Shu: picture by Tara Doone
Enjoy a quick and easy taste of China with Delish.com’s Turkey Moo Shu recipe.
Not in the mood for Asian food tonight? How about a Hungarian twist with Turkey Stoganoff from Simply Recipes?
Fettuccine with Turkey Bolognese: photo by Tara Doone
I couldn’t take your taste buds on a world tour without stopping in Italy! Try out Good Housekeeping.com’s Fettuccine with Turkey Bolognese Sauce.
Since we are so close, let’s pop into Spain too with a little Spicy Turkey Paella from BonAppetit.com.
Last, but certainly not least – a pit stop in my second home, England, with allrecipes.com’s Turkey Shepherd’s Pie.
Last Thanksgiving at Normandie’s with Julia and Jinty
If your not stuck with lots of leftover turkey, and happen to be lucky enough to physically be doing a world tour along with your taste buds, you might want to check out Passport Gastronomique menu translators to avoid any trouble navigating menus in a foreign language. They load onto any mobile device such as iPhone, iPad, iPadTouch, Blackberry, and e-readers like Kindle and Nook, so you’re armed with food expertise, not excess baggage fees. Bon voyage mon chers!
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  • November 26, 2010
    11:12 am

    Cute post and great ideas! No leftovers here of course but I haven't had moo shu in forever! Going to have to revisit that one…Have a great holiday Julie Anne!cupcakexo

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  • November 26, 2010
    8:57 pm

    Absolutely mouthwatering!!!!EUROPE MISSES YOU!!!♥Alfredo Lemos Suarez

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  • November 26, 2010
    9:01 pm

    Cool pic Julie! I see Jackie, Melanie and Freddie Stoppler [!] there, are you still in touch with them?Duran's Duranasty

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  • November 26, 2010
    9:02 pm

    Funny you should mention that – I just sent Freddie a friends request, but I haven't seen Jackie or Melanie in forever. I did have lunch with Bj in September while I was in New York.

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  • November 26, 2010
    10:27 pm

    OMG, that old photo is great. Bunch of Brits doing Thanksgiving!

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  • November 26, 2010
    10:28 pm

    I always thought the leftovers were better than the main meal. But then, I was pretty easily pleased when I ate meat regularly. In our home, the leftover turkey was often put into a turkey vegetable soup, not always a hit with some members, but I've always been a soup fan. Turkey sandwiches complete with some stuffing and cranberry sauce was one of my favourites as a teenager, a nice change from the never ending supply of cold cuts that found their way into my lunch. But best of all, rummaging through the fridge late at night and putting together a plate of cold turkey, stuffing and whatever other goodies could be found was heaven for me. I'd get my plate loaded and either head for the television or back to my room to read while I indulged. Some memories can be pleasant of these holiday meals but with the holidays came the inevitable family squables that became quite intense. That'a when a plateful of cold turkey, a good book and my bedroom door closed was a truly wonderful thing.

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  • November 26, 2010
    11:33 pm

    Jewles, leave it to you to make the bits an pieces of turkey. Staring back at me in ziplock bags Into inspiration an a world tour. The turkey curry is on my grocery list. No turkey sandwhich re runs for this chick. xo

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  • November 27, 2010
    3:36 pm

    Yum, Jewels….all I need is leftovers ;) Can't believe they ate all of it…

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  • November 27, 2010
    5:45 pm

    with seven growing kids, and your cooking, I'm not surprised in the slightest! The great thing about turkey is you can feed so many on very little money, so maybe you'll feel like making another one – or maybe just the breast, and try some of these recipes.

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  • November 27, 2010
    6:24 pm

    Good ideas for the leftovers, tho that paella recipe made me chuckle. Living in Valencia, which is the origin palce of paella, it seems quite heretic to me, LOL! Paella is never spicy or has turkey in it (or pepper!) But guess that I am used now to see very weird things in it (once I saw one with peaches in Finland, ew!)Isabel Ortiz Bernad

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  • November 27, 2010
    6:29 pm

    I know Isabel, my friend Emily Cash used to make the most amazing traditional paella, then have all our friends over to feast on it – I loved helping her in the kitchen while she made it. The idea here was just to depart from heated up leftover turkey with different flavors from around the world – not traditional recipes. I don't think you will find Moo Shu Turkey in China either.

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  • November 28, 2010
    1:12 am

    I actually took a crack at making this today. Came out good wasnt hard to do at all.Tracey J Whitney

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  • November 28, 2010
    5:34 pm

    Hello ladies! In script development hell, I swear when I emerge I am a 'comin' to visit. ALL Love darlings TxTracey Hordern

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  • November 28, 2010
    5:50 pm

    that was a lovely thanksgiving!!!!Julia Verdin

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  • November 28, 2010
    5:50 pm

    Next year my place girls!

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  • November 28, 2010
    6:05 pm

    I LOVE you blogs! You and mom should follow each other.I am showing her your blog as we speak. She LOVES it.Go to to ChefHula.com and check out all the fun Kauai stuff she is doing!Love you!!!!!Lauren Haas

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  • November 28, 2010
    6:10 pm

    Beautiful pic!! Makes me wish I had some turkey!! :) Sharon McConnell Worster

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  • November 28, 2010
    6:15 pm

    Not one of mine Sharon – I haven't improved that quickly yet.

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  • November 28, 2010
    6:16 pm

    Pic is by Tara Doone.

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  • November 28, 2010
    6:22 pm

    This is the first year I didn't cook…I kinda liked it! :) Mandi Jackson

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  • November 28, 2010
    10:02 pm

    Looks yummy! I have Turkey noodle soup on right now! LOLMary Ann Murphy

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