Tag: Leftovers

How to Make Quiche out of Just About Anything

How to Make Quiche out of Just About Anything

French home cooks always seem to have a dozen wonderful things up their sleeves to make on the spur of the moment. Great ideas to use up leftovers come awfully naturally, as well, and they all appear to know about how to feed 6 people with a cup and a half of milk, 3 eggs, a bit of ham, and a handful of grated cheese. How DO they do it? These folks are always frying croutons, whipping up homemade hot chocolate, baking an apple tart using apples from the backyard tree, simmering cream soups or vegetable pastas, stirring up something tasty with canned tuna … or even making quiche! How is it that even carbs aren’t a problem for them? This is proven routinely by the unending ubiquitous photos of yard-long baguettes being carried home by slim citizens riding bikes down tree-lined sunny Paris streets. (Well, right now they’re limited to an hour out a day and can’t go far from home. Sigh.) Over the years I’ve been writing the blog, I’ve read and seen quite a lot about this phenomenon, but staying in France for two weeks a couple of years ago gave me a much more complete and definitely personal insight. I’m finding it all definitely useful in today’s cooking world.

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A Chicken in Every Pot:  Recipes to Stretch that Bird and Other Stuff to Soothe the Soul

A Chicken in Every Pot: Recipes to Stretch that Bird and Other Stuff to Soothe the Soul

I’ll admit there’s a lot of anxiety around COVID-19 and some of it is justified. It’s not just that a frightening virus is making its way around the world, but also that our cornerstones feel as if they’re crumbling. Schools closing, sports on hold, people hunkered down, groceries tight, churches live streaming their services, restaurants and stores shuttered, long-planned trips and weddings postponed. 24-hour news cycle repetitions without meaning to, frighten us a la 9-11 and more. We’re missing being with the people we love and like — if we’re staying home more as we’re advised — and that’s a hard row to hoe, friends, despite it being for our own and the common good. Feels a little like a world war to me, though of course it’s not. Right?

So first a little about what I’m thinking for staying sane, in touch, and active. Because we need that to be able to cook! — for sure. Next, a couple of ways I’m using odds and ends in my kitchen this week–just for ideas about wasting NADA. Then, I’ll get to that chicken and lots of ideas for cooking–and if that’s your first priority, scroll down immediately. Read on…

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Black Friday Breakfast Turkey Stack

Black Friday Breakfast Turkey Stack

This version includes the cheese sauce. Sure, we need just a little more gooey cheese the day after Thanksgiving. You know it!

Working ahead on Thanksgiving food is truly a happy, hearty, fulfilling, and filling part of my job as a food blogger. That activity usually includes coming up with something new to do with Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s a fun occupation that keeps me, and, of course my husband Dave and the babies (see below), right on top of our game this week.

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Green Chile-Turkey Gravy on Cornmeal Cheddar Waffles (with a fried egg)

Green Chile-Turkey Gravy on Cornmeal Cheddar Waffles (with a fried egg)

If food could laugh, this dish would be a really hearty chuckle!

Dave and I love to go out for breakfast. It’s not that we don’t like to cook breakfast at home; we do. In fact, I cook breakfast many mornings.

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20 Main Dish Salads to Continue Your Healthy January Adventure

20 Main Dish Salads to Continue Your Healthy January Adventure

{print recipe for Kalamata Egg Salad with Charred Red Peppers}

If you’re not trying to get healthy this month, you might still want to read this week’s post featuring main dish salads.  Even if all you managed to accomplish was to clear out your entire cellar’s store of Pinot Noir but skipped every red, green, and silver Hershey’s kiss you encountered (and so didn’t gain an ounce in December), you could drum up interest in hefty, heart-warming and filling whole meal salads–if nothing else but to figure out what to do with leftover steak (leftover steak?!), those couple of lonely pork chops, an oh-so-sad single portion of salmon, one languishing chicken breast with wing attached, or perhaps only a drawer full of vegetables and cheese with little else to recommend them but a poached egg or two and maybe a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.

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Chicken-Cauliflower Chowder

Chicken-Cauliflower Chowder

I know. Chicken-Corn Chowder — the salty-cheesy kind with bacon and lots of soft potatoes– is what you’re thinking. I love that, too, and can remember the very first time I ate it in the kitchen of Woodlawn Planation. But this is a tad different and works to do that sad? but stupendous thing folks sometimes find so difficult–

use up the leftovers.

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Easy Chicken-Black Bean Soup:  Dinner Done!

Easy Chicken-Black Bean Soup: Dinner Done!

I don’t make Chicken-Tortilla Soup; I don’t know why. People like it; my husband likes it. Well, I think I did once make it now that I’m thinking of it.  A favorite gloppy, flaccid and nondescript overly-seasoned offering in many inexpensive restaurants, I’ve never gotten my mind around it because you can’t tart up a poorly-made cheap soup with freshly made tortilla chips and a half-cup of Cheddar for gods’ sake. I know, I’m just being snarky and nit-picky. Squinting my eyes, pulling my mouth to one side, and making a nasty guttural noise here. So when I hit the pantry looking for something to round out a little “leftover” (an unfortunate adjective if there ever was one) rotisserie chicken for dinner, I made the soup you see above and immediately thought of it as:

Easy Chicken-Black Bean Soup.

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Eggs on Risotto Cakes with Basil and Spinach or What to do with Leftover Risotto

Eggs on Risotto Cakes with Basil and Spinach or What to do with Leftover Risotto

IMG_2702A Twin-Cities friend who is a member of the church I served in Minneapolis…

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Miss you…Prospect Park United Methodist.

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Veggie Frittata or What to Do with that Last Leftover Serving of Vegetables from Dinner the Other Night

Veggie Frittata or What to Do with that Last Leftover Serving of Vegetables from Dinner the Other Night

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A scant cupful of sautéed or grilled vegetables from last night’s dinner-or even the night before’s.  Eggs. Fresh tomatoes and basil. Or not.  Maybe a little grating of cheese or a little chopped cheese that’s about to mold. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner is then served in under 5 minutes if you make your very own little vegetable frittata, which is just an Italian word for open-faced omelet. Have a little meat, too? Throw it in.  Freshly cooked vegetables are good 3-5 days in the refrigerator.  Cooked chicken, by the way, is ok for 3-4 days, too–as is cooked bacon.  Using up your leftovers will make you feel better about living a green life and will make your wallet happy, as well. Continue reading “Veggie Frittata or What to Do with that Last Leftover Serving of Vegetables from Dinner the Other Night”

Ham and Pea Risotto with Lemony Green Beans and Sautéed Tomatoes

Ham and Pea Risotto with Lemony Green Beans and Sautéed Tomatoes

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There are some nights when dinner just doesn’t want to get made. I’m tired or the fridge seems to hold not one good thing despite the fact that it’s full.  And that is occasionally because I’ve told myself I need to use up leftovers even though I’m sick of them after the holidays. Lord. Waste not… Continue reading “Ham and Pea Risotto with Lemony Green Beans and Sautéed Tomatoes”