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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Leftovers Don't have To Taste Like Leftovers....


Another blinger of a storm hit us Tuesday, making driving a 1st gear event! Got stuck in a parking lot, but was so slippery, two guys pushing moderately got me rolling... Tuesday was colder than Monday- if you can believe it, so another stick-to-your-ribs supper was made. I'm not a cheapskate, but I actually find it fun to create something different out of leftovers! Sundays' post showed food on that day. The following day, I took the left-over potatoes, chopped some broccoli, made cheesy broccoli soup in a crock pot. Good stuff! Tuesday night, I took left-over pot roast, chopped, fresh mushrooms and celery, chopped, mixed with leftover gravy, water, and soy sauce, simmered until tender and bubbly, and put in over brown rice for a quick, warming meal. Three meals, two out of leftovers, none tasted the same, all good! It's almost like a game with me- at the end of the game, dinner!

35 comments:

Dana said...

I am leftover challenged - my leftovers are served looking just like they were the first time. I'm always amazed at people who have the ability to discover completely new meals with last night's whatever.

Akelamalu said...

I hate throwing food away, so if I can make something of it I do!

doggybloggy said...

this is the only time this applies "its not if you win or lose its how you play" because three meals is a winner here

buffalodickdy said...

dana- How kind! I do better at life when challenged.. Don't we all?
Ake- Good taste combined with intelligence- we're not bad people, are we?
DogB- I know you and I(between us!) could show folks how to do this dance! You show both commom sense and creativity in your food and drinks...

Queenie said...

Since I've been forced to stay at home, it has become a challenge to me, not to throw food away. Best of all its the cash I save. When I think back to my Nan, she could make a heart-warming dish from a smile and a dishcloth (bet you don't want that recipe)?

MarmiteToasty said...

I LOVE it when nuffin goes to waste just to 'the waist' LOL... and when I use up leftovers the following day, me lads never know :) its an art ya know, pure art LOL

x

Roger said...

Your going to haft to grow another coat Buff! I hated those winters out there, so I understand your pain. Leftovers sounded good bud! Keep the fire warm!!

Leighann said...

You're fantastic! If only my husband would go NEAR leftovers in any form!

Bina said...

and man does that look and sound good! YUMMY!

Lynda said...

I have a problem with leftovers tasting like leftovers.

buffalodickdy said...

Queenie- I read about that spread you put out for Ake& Hubby- a feast like that in an upscale restaurant would have cost a fortune!
marmy- I was brought up by folks who lived through the Great Depression and WWII ! My Dad always said, "This family will never eat the stuff I had to eat in the Thirties and during the War!"
rog- Always have food, and always pay the heat bill in Michigan!
leighann- He wouldn't even have known these were leftover!
bina- I guess I'm simple- they all hit the spot!
lynda- Secret is to incorporate at least half the leftovers with new, fresh ingredients...

Annie said...

You have risen to the culinary challenge of leftovers and you have won!

pinknest said...

mmm, this sounds yummy. cheesy broccoli soup is one of my favorites! and i haven't had it in awhile.

Mel said...

Hubby is really good at the leftover thing, I of course am not, but I love what he does with them!

Mona said...

One can really make ever so many dishes using leftovers. We usually make them to make stuffed parathas( bread) or in sandwiches with cheese and sauce!

happy Valentine's Day Buf! It seems you guys are really facing a tough winter this time!

buffalodickdy said...

annie- A game where everybody wins!
pink- Good batch, too!
mel- just makes good sense to try and make something out of them..
mona- Happy Valentines' Day to you too, dear!

Bina said...

Saw your lie at Beth's place. Ya know, it's amazing how many adults I know that did the SAME thing at freaking church camp when they were growing up. My step-son (who lives with his mother) goes about three times a year, but hates going to church. I try to tell his dad why he wants to go to church camp so bad but his reply? "They have chaperones (?sp) and can't do that stuff." Yea, RIIGGHHHTT.

Jen said...

Leftovers make the best meals, especially when one is very hungry!

Urban Vegan said...

I love trying to reinvent leftovers.

Hope you're all dug out.

Anndi said...

Seriously.. I'm moving in.

BTW... Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours dear!

SMOOCH

Sherry said...

We never eat leftovers... I guess its because I can't cook, so the food is not good the first time. Everytime I come here, I get hungry!

Bina said...

Hope you don't mind, but I added you to my blog.

Beth said...

my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail.......

Preposterous Ponderings said...

Two guys PUSHING always gets me rolling too!

buffalodickdy said...

bina- many stories involving same subject!
jen- some flavors blend and improve with a nights' rest..
UrbanV- It's fun! Again, congrats on the good press you got!
Beth- Standing invite, remember?
preprop- Evil little girl.... :)

MarmiteToasty said...

Im hungry so Ive popped over to see if you have any leftover leftovers left LMFAO...... :)

x

Kayla said...

I wish I could make leftovers more interesting...you have the touch!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY BUFFALO!

Tanya Kristine said...

i love food like that. so comforting. especially in weather like that.

i've officially changed my background to reflect a gorgeous custom-made pool as opposed to snow.

Jeff B said...

Lisa is the queen of leftover surprise. Sometimes the reduex is better than the origonal too.

Casdok said...

Its great when cooking is a game.

Odat said...

I love doing that too!
Hope you and yours had a fun Valentine's Day!
Peace

Bina said...

Oh Yea, light hair, freckles, hot temper. Ya think I have ANY Irish in me? ;-)

In_spired said...

Hi, Buff! At this late in the game of commenting I feel like a "leftover"!! (lol)

With just the two of us, we are big leftover eaters...but I've gotten lazy and stopped trying to be creative with them. You inspire me to do better. Won't hubs be surprised!!!

Tavolini said...

I love the leftover game--brings out the creativity in all of us :)

HAR said...

How do you deal with all the snow? Making delicious meals sure must help.