Leftovers …Yay or Nay
I grew up in Northeast Ohio in a suburb west of Cleveland. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a multi generational family house with grandparents, parents and me. Let start with we were not rich by any means and had a lot of mouths to feed. So what does that mean? Leftovers, lots and lots of leftovers. Sunday roast was served usually Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Soups, stews and spaghetti sauces were made in giant batches any time they were made and lasted for days as well. Psst … pasta stretches a long way in a family and is inexpensive and man we ate our share of pasta.
We ate so many leftovers that by time I was an adult there was no way I was eating another. Nope, not gonna happen. Ever. I could not even stomach the idea of putting that forkful of food into my mouth. I was an adult now, I had a job and I did not need to eat those cold dead leftovers.
That is pretty how I spent my 20’s and 30’s, avoiding leftovers like there were the plague. If it was left over meat forget about it. Leftover vegetables…gross. Dried out meats and over cooked vegetables were all my mind could think of. Once again, not happening.
So after all these years of adamantly avoiding the leftover, this miraculous thing happened. I turned into an adult. Like a legitimate adult, doing adult things. Don’t judge, I know I am in my 40’s. Sometimes it takes a minute to figure things out. LOL, like you ever actually have things figured out. Anyways, I digress. Where were we? Oh that’s right, leftovers.
Leftovers have morphed into this new game for me. It has turned into “How can I magically transform these items without killing it and still have phenomenal flavor? Take this example of a roasted chicken. Julia Child has an awesome roast chicken recipe but it is labor intensive. If I am going to put that much work into making a simple and beautiful roast chicken I want to benefit from all that hard work.
Day 1. Roast Chicken from Julia
Day 2. Ginger Chicken Soup from Saveur
Day 3. Chicken enchilada casserole from me
That one simple item now got stretched into three different dishes. Now I know what you are thinking, 3 days of chicken. It certainly doesn’t have to take place like that. I typically would make the other 2 dishes and freeze them. Then they are ready when I know I am going to be short on time. Thaw and heat back up next week.
Let the games begin! Share with me how you use your leftovers.

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