Thursday, March 1, 2012

Using up Leftovers

Since most of my grocery shopping last week revolved around items for the party, I've been trying to make do with what I had on hand until I can get back to the store.

On top of that, I have been wanting to try a recipe I found online for a hash brown casserole similar to the one served at Cracker Barrel. I had a bag of frozen hashbrowns in the freezer and some leftover cheese from the chese ball I made for the party. One of the soup cans I used for the cupcake stand happened to be cream of chicken, and my friend kindly let me take it home with me. The dish could not have been easier to make. After sauteing onions and the hashbrowns, I mixed them with the soup and cheese, poured it into a baking dish, and put it in the oven for about 30 minutes.

While that was baking, I needed to use up a bag of fresh cherries we had been given. I pitted the cherries, and simmered them on the stove in water and a little sugar. A batch of fluffy pancakes completed the meal. However, when we went to eat dinner, I was surprised to find the cherries were unusually bitter. Ryan had eaten a few of them before I cooked them, and he said that is just how they taste. That would be Grenada for you! After adding some maple syrup to the cherries, the pancakes were still edible. And the hash brown casserole was delicious.

Last night, I decided to use up various vegetables we had in the refrigerator and made one of my favorite meals - quiche. This one included spinach, tomatoes, onions, and cheese. We finished up the leftover hash browns and enjoed fresh green grapes that are not always available in our grocery store. I love meals that are all made in one dish and using up leftovers in a new way is always a plus!

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