Tag Archives: Leftovers

Sunday never tasted so good!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper Sunday supper… With snow on the ground and the perfect winter chill in the air, I thought something braised was the key!
Everything started by generously salting a bone-in pork butt and then browning it in some extra virgin. As soon as the pork was browned on all sides, I set it aside and in went sliced onions and celery until softened and fragrant. Once close to transparent, in went a good handful of minced garlic, bay leaves, fresh thyme, along with a big drink of Saba and homemade stock to let the pork swim in.
The lid to my cast iron pot went on and it was off to bake in the oven at 375 for two hours, which felt like days, as the scent of sweet, acidic goodness wafted throughout the entire.
To serve, slices of the pork were dazzled by the grape-like, onion syrup. Each bite was like cutting through butter and made it terribly difficult to not sop every morsel with some crusty bread! The few leftovers remaining are going to make a killer lunch sandwich tomorrow.

at a low simmer…
-R

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tasty balls’ on a bun…

So early this morning I woke to the craving of a meatball ‘parm’ sandwich… I, not shunning a good old fashioned pizzeria, decided that I would make a beautiful pot of sauce [enough to have leftovers for other occasions] and homemade meatballs!
A trip to the market yielded everything I needed to pull this home-run together…
While the sauce simmered away, I got cranking on my balls’… and I must admit I offer up some of the best tastin’ balls around!
To bring this whole story together and serve it up, I toasted some buttery brioche buns, sliced some fresh mozz [melted this of course] and capped these bad boys and began chomping!
Needless to say, one sandwich per person was no way enough…

at a low simmer…
-R

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Summer Sunday supper!!

With Sunday supper on my mind, and finally some sunny [yet über humid] weather upon us I felt the need to marinate some sexy flank steak and then toss onto the grill! To serve up alongside, a beautiful tossed salad with a homemade balsamic dressing and some beautiful grilled asparagus.
The salad was just a mix of crisp romaine, sliced roasted red peppers, a diced shallot and homemade stuffed mozz! As for the asparagus, just a toss in some homemade infused olive oil and salt.
Once grilled and rested, the steak and sides were ready to eat up and enjoy… thrilled that there is a bit of leftovers for some lunch tomorrow!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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cinco of my own…

This cinco de mayo was just for UNO… with an under-the-weather other half, two meals were prepared… one for me and one him!
In typical fashion for cinco de mayo, what better to do than whip up something for this festive occasion. The thought of chicken fajitas topped with some homemade guacamole came to mind!
I started sautéing an onion and poblano peppers until slightly softened, but still crisp [which I then set aside]. In this same pan, I pan-fried some marinated chicken that I sliced into strips. Once cooked through, I added back in the onion and peppers, along with some black beans and gave a quick toss!
A healthy heaping of the chicken mixture went into a warmed flour tortilla, as well as some grated monterey jack cheese and guac…
To enjoy this beautiful dinner and bring everything together, a squeeze of fresh lime juice. The lime juice gave a citrusy freshness that paired perfectly with the crisp, slightly spicy poblanos and deliciously seasoned chicken…
So happy I have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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last years dinner is this new years day delight…

After preparing food for a New Years Eve party last night, I realized there was quite a bit of extra remaining… So what else would be for dinner tonight then some fantastic leftovers…
Chicken rollatini and stuffed artichokes were just one of the vast edibles that made our New Years Eve bright, while also illuminating the culinary path for tonight’s dinner!
The chicken rollatini were succulent, lightly breaded cylinders, stuffed full of amazing flavors. The beautiful, pointy artichokes were buttery and tender, with each leaf begging to be cleaned gently…
With each sensual bite, we were yet again transported back to that spectacular evening we shared last night!

at a low simmer…
-R

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S[mash]ing good!!

So tonight, in order to be certain not an ounce of Thanksgiving deliciousness went to waste, I literally tossed everything that I had left together and whipped up my idea of an open-faced twice baked Thanksgiving potato!
The last of the leftover succulent turkey breast and remaining mash got a stir with some rendered bacon, scallions and a hefty helping of shredded cheddar…
This light and airy concoction was cooked off till the top was browned, the edges crisp and golden and the cheese melted and gooey…
Fluffy, cheesy and full of goodness… all that was missing was… well nothing actually!
It’s not the typical meal I would throw together, but it was better to make use of what I had, rather than throwing it out…

at a low simmer…
-R

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you can do more with wine than just drink…

So tonight was pasta night… pappardelle to be exact, tossed in a luxurious garlic, butter and wine sauce with fresh minced parsley…
For the sauce, it was easy… chopped garlic, crushed red pepper, olive oil, butter and a good white wine…
Once the pasta was cooked, into the sauce to quickly combine and then a hefty hit of the fresh parsley and into our pasta bowls!
The parsley offered a fresh, clean balance to the velvety sauce. It’s just too bad that the pasta was only enough for one meal… no leftovers this time around!

at a low simmer…
-R

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far east… far out taste!!

What a better way to spend our Saturday evening, but with great friends and Asian fusion cuisine!
The restaurant was upbeat and stylish, the waitstaff friendly and very knowledgable about all the dishes on the menu.
To start things off, we all shared a number of different appetizer dishes. Cold sesame noodle salad, tempura crab cakes, fire cracker shrimp, beef satay, steamed dumplings and lastly a chicken lettuce wrap. WOW talk about options and amazing flavors.
For dinner I treated myself to my all time favorite dish, sesame chicken, but with my usual extra spicy kick! It arrived hot and crispy with just enough sweetness to offset the heat. Served with the best brown rice dish I have tasted in a long time. Not your ordinary brown rice… It’s nuttier and more rustic, a perfect paring against my dinner. Glad I took home some leftovers… now I can dream the night away knowing that my leftovers are waiting patiently till tomorrow at noon. Yum!

at a low simmer…
-R

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some set of ‘balls’… meatballs that is!

Tonight was a small plates or tapas type of night… The main star on the menu were bite-sized lamb meatballs drizzled with olive oil. My meatballs were mixed with a variety of amazing flavors including garlic, onions, minced rosemary and of course salt! Each measured and rolled out equally, pan fried till browned and cooked through. Once cooked my little ‘balls’ got immediately plated, oiled up and it was time to eat…
The minced rosemary was the perfect compliment to cut through the lamb meat, while the garlic and onion added a lovely poke of interest.
I could have eaten every last piece, but then would have neglected my other little offerings, or maybe that was my plan all along [now there are leftovers… shhhhhh don’t tell]!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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light Italian fare…

To kick off the holiday weekend, we celebrated with a great bottle of wine and a full-on Italian dinner at one of our favorite restos!!
I decided on a golden, pan-fried chicken cutlet topped with peppery baby arugula, sweet chopped tomatoes and red peppers, along with milky diced fresh mozz.
The flavors all married together beautifully and made me wish I had a big enough belly to finish off the entire plate, but the good thing is the leftovers will make for an exceptional lunch…

at a low simmer…
-R

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