Perhaps, like me and every other child from an Italian family, you went home for a weekend in late November or early December to find that your mother was gifted about 12 loaves of panettone bread. She knows that those sweet, dried fruit-studded, slightly pyramid-shaped breads will sit on her dining room table for the whole month and she won’t eat them. She then pawned off two of the panettones onto you.
After Thanksgiving, odds are you’ll wind up with a huge portion of some food you rarely cook with, like cranberry sauce. And sure, you could smear the sauce on toast or make yourself a Ross Gellar-caliber Thanksgiving sandwich, but those really only use a tablespoon or so of cranberry sauce at a time.