It's January 1. You look around the house and see a dozen half-full bottles of Champagne scattered everywhere. It happens to the best of us. While leftover Champagne is rare, it could definitely be a problem if you got a little too excited last night and popped wayyy too many bottles. Sure, you could drink the remaining Champagne for breakfast, but you likely had your fill last night.
This January 1st many families in Russia—and those from the Russian diaspora around the world—will wake up to their refrigerators still full. The leftovers of zakuski, the appetizers, prepared for and eaten at the New Year's Eve dinner, will be stowed there—covered with plastic wrap, stuffed into Tupperware, or stored in repurposed margarine containers. Someone from the family (usually a grandmother or a mother) will reach in, take them out, and place them on the table.
Until just recently, the meaning of the word “hamify” was lost on me, and I’m pretty sure it may be an abstract concept for you, too… because, as mentioned in the article we published yesterday, the MyRecipes staff made this term up like a week ago. But once the idea was broken down by all the talented food freaks I’m surrounded by every day, something clicked.
Anyone is welcome to call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line to ask about how best to prepare their Thanksgiving turkey, and Thanksgiving Day is the staff's time to shine.