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Leftover turkey + squash + mashed potatoes = $5,000

Trying to figure out what to do with your leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, squash and cranberry sauce?

Stephen Petrotto might have the answer you're looking for.

Thanksgiving dinner And it could hold the key to his future.

Stephen, a student in the culinary skills program at Erie 1 BOCES, is a finalist in the Culinary Institute of America's Top Turkey Scholarship Recipe Competition. Like all the other applicants, he had to concoct a recipe all his own, using Thanksgiving leftovers, and submit it in the form of a video. (Jordan Warner, a senior from Cheektowaga Central, filmed the video for Stephen, who's a senior at Clarence High School.)

The videos from the nine finalists are posted on YouTube. The one with the most "likes" by Dec. 6 will win a $5,000 scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America.

So take a gander and see what you think of Stephen's croquette. (If you like what you see, go to his video on YouTube and give him a thumbs-up.)

(To see the other finalists' videos, go to www.youtube.com/ciaadmissions.)

Enjoy your leftovers!

- Mary Pasciak

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