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Labeling your Leftovers!

I don’t know HOW MANY times I’ve put leftovers in containers (you know the cottage cheese container that you feel really bad about just throwing away – SAVE OUR PLANET! – so you wash it and re-use it as many times as possible before it goes into recycling)…and said to myself “Self, you’re incredibly smart and quick and have the best memory; of COURSE you’re going to remember what’s in this container next month when you’re scrounging for a quick lunch”!

NOT.  So I started using folder labels to identify and date the food.  Didn’t work – labels fell off.  So I bought freezer labels but really resented how expensive they were.  So I bought myself a permanent black Sharpie and started writing stuff on the lids.  The lids got “full” (I’m really concerned about the environment).  THEN I saw a tip SOMEwhere I can’t remember – and I’m going to share it with you.  Buy a roll of blue painter’s tape at the hardware store.  Five bucks, you can tear pieces off with your hands – no need for scissors, it won’t fall off in the freezer, that five dollar investment will pay off for 5 YEARS,  and it’s easily removable when you need to switch labels.  There.  For more tips and tidbits subscribe here.

Holiday Leftovers

The “season” is over…if you’re like me, ample leftover food is in the fridge. I served Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Creamed Parsnip Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus for dinner (along with the requisite Homemade Rustic Fennel Bread and Winter Greens Salad, several appetizers and of course, Gordon’s Famous Pecan Pie)! The tenderloin is no mystery – slap it on the rustic bread with a little butter or mayonnaise and horseradish, topped with the salad and/or asparagus, and have lunch! The leftover potatoes become potato pancakes for breakfast with soul satisfying scrambled sausage eggs. But for the rest of you, what’s left over? What are you doing with it? Have you frozen something to become “mystery dinner” sometime in the near future? Are you (Oh, NOOOoooooooo!!!!!!!) throwing things out? DON’T!!! Submit your questions/conundrums to ME…I’ll help you “waste not, want not”!

Lori Pierce (Lula)
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Turkey Refrigerator Casserole…Back by Popular Demand!

                                                         Lula’s Turkey Refrigerator Casserole

Rice, 1 cup

Salt, 2 tsp

Water, 2 cups

Butter, ½ tsp

Bring all but rice to boil, dump in rice, cook according to package directions.  Brown rice is a fabulous healthy alternative in this recipe.   While the rice is cooking, dice your veggies and shred your meat.  When done, dump rice into 1.5 or 2 quart casserole dish.

Bite size leftover turkey, 2C , Layer on top of rice.

Onion, diced, ½ C

Green Pepper, diced, ½ C

Celery, diced, ½ C

Mushrooms, sliced, ½ C

Broccoli florets, chopped small, 2 cups OR

Green Beans, fresh, 2 cups OR any combination of any
vegetables you have leftover or canned or frozen such
as corn, etc..  I wouldn’t try Brussels Sprouts, though!

Mix all together and microwave in separate dish 8-10 minutes, depending on your microwave.  Your largest vegetable should be cooked through.  Then dump all of this on top of the turkey. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream/Celery Soup, 2 cans

Sour Cream, ½ C

Cheddar Chs, shredded, ¾ C

Dijon Mustard, 1 tbs

Worchestershire Sauce, 1tsp

Cayenne pepper, ¼ tsp

Yes, I said canned soup.  Sometimes Lula must return to the south.  Mix all of this together and dump on top of veggies.

French Fried Onions

As many as you want, dump on top of casserole and bake uncovered until bubbling – appx 30-45 minutes.  If you are one of the rare households who doesn’t have these onions around during holiday time, crush a sleeve of Ritz or butter crackers and mix with ½ stick of melted butter and spread on top.

Lula wishes for your tastebuds delight!