Knotty Witch

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So, DD comes into the kitchen and says – January 14, 2011

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  “I don’t get it, you guys cook so much, but we never eat any leftovers.” That reason is two-fold. First, as I mentioned before, we freeze portions of most meals for Hubby to take on the road for lunches the following week (or weeks) ahead. Second – we eat the left overs alright – we just make new meals from them. That roast we had last Sunday, on Monday it was in the soup for dinner. Ironically enough, it’s what was on the stove when D.D came in and made her query.

The recipe on the back of the bag of lentils called for ham and celery – both of which we did not have. So we diced up the roast, and added carrots instead. I sliced up a small loaf of bread that was getting a little hard, buttered, seasoned, and toasted it on the oven. Voila, we had the perfect winter fare on the table in 30 minutes.

 

Waste not, want not February 7, 2010

Garbage Bread

I made two huge loaves of Garbage Bread on Friday night. Buy huge – I mean the 4 loaf recipe I use to bake bread made the two loaves stuffed with yummy goodness. The best part (for me, and our budget) is that the yummy goodness consisted of leftover browned ground beef and diced onion that didn’t make it into the pot stickers earlier this week, along with the “lasts” of a few other ingredients from various meals. The last of a bag of broccoli, the mozzarella cheese from the baked ziti, and a bit more of the ricotta – that I purchased more of for other meals aside from the baked ziti such as this one.

 I like making garbage breads for a couple of reasons. For one, when I bake bread in the 4 loaf batches it just dosn’t stretch as far. Everyone loves fresh baked bread. The 4 loaf batch as garbage bread fed 5 grown men, and myself for a dinner, and was lunch the next day for DH and me, as well as 2 teenaged boys and my brother. It’s also a great way to turn leftovers into a new meal. The next step I plan to make is to make them smaller. Oh so much smaller, so that I can freeze them for snacks and quick meals later down the line.
To top it off – I made yet another apple cake.
Apple Cake

Not that I bake multiple cakes per week as a normal thing, but the bag of apples I picked from the market were all bruised. Horribly. Sure, I could have taken them back – but it wasn’t worth the 2 mile walk there and then back again, especially in the cold! Even with that particular markets “Double your money back” guarantee on produce – though I was seriously tempted. If I weren’t so uncomfortable with my back and such – I really might have done it, but alas – it wasn’t meant to be – this time. I’ll be more dilligent from here on out though. In the mean time, there’s one more cake to be baked from the batch of apples. Fortunately, with it being Super Bowl Sunday and all – I doubt there will be any left hanging around tempting me in the slightest.