Leftover Crudite Platters or Party Platters

Crudite platters – they don’t have to be the unwelcome guest that stayed on long after the party is over. Here are some ways to transform them. Think of the recipes you’ll use as “guides” not something set in stone, especially as the types & amounts of your veggies might not exactly match those in…

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Leftover Cruciferous Vegetables: Brassicas

Leftover Brassicas (Cruciferous) Vegetables seem to linger in the fridge! Here are ways to make the best use of them!

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25 Ways to use Leftover Asparagus

Asparagus can be pricey and it’s a shame to waste any – and what the heck are you supposed to do with all those stems you’ve broken off? Here are over 25 ways to use Leftover Asparagus. With any leftover vegetable, think how it might be transformed into something marvelous. As a building block for…

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50 ways to use Leftover Root Vegetables

Sometimes you just need a little inspiration when faced with leftover root veggies; here are some ideas that will have you hoping for leftovers. Start to think about how any leftovers might be transformed into something marvelous. As a building block for recipes that rely on an already cooked ingredient; as a shortcut. All you…

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Arancini – Stuffed, Breaded and Fried Risotto Balls

If I’m thinking ahead, when I make any Risotto, like my Roasted Red Pepper & Shrimp Risotto or my Asparagus Risotto, I’ll make a little extra just to make these wonderful little gems called Arancini.

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Chicken Pot Pie like you WISH your Grandma made!

I originally posted this Chicken Pot Pie in November of 2011, one of my very first posts! Today, as I made it again, I updated with new photos. That night, I had been looking at Time’s Money Issue and became sidetracked. Pretty soon, I was clicking on one link after another; you know how that…

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Simple Country Souffle – From Anything

If you’ve thought a Souffle was a fancy dish, the bastion of a master chef, think again. I was charmed by this simple recipe from my Grandmother’s 1917 cook book. Not as tall or high rising as a fancy souffle, this is a simple, country souffle and is absolutely delicious. No stress and worry free,…

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Leftover Vegetables & Herbs

Leftovers are the most expensive food in your house. You’ve used money & time to buy, transform, prepare and cook them!   Bear with me, please, as this post is updated. It used to be basically one long list, so this post is going through a complete transformation. Vegetables by type are getting their own…

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Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup, when done just right really does it for me. Anytime I can make something delish that’s super fast, fresh & healthy-ish, I’m all over it. And if it’s a meal that can come in at a budget – well, even better.

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Marinated Asparagus

Asparagus is always a sure sign spring is coming – somewhere anyway, if not in the frozen North where I live. And when it’s in a bright, lemony marinade like this simple Marinated Asparagus, it just perks me up. Hello, Spring, where ever you are!!

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Spa Water on a Budget

These lightly infused, refreshing drinks are some of my favorite things; so simple, so easy and so fabulously frugal. So refreshing. Not necessarily “intensely” flavored, what I call spa water is just a gorgeous hint of vegetable or fruit, possibly with a few herbs or spices thrown in the mix. You may have seen mention…

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Traditional Irish Potato Cakes

Potato Cakes – are they Irish? I grew up with them but I suspect even cooks that weren’t Irish made these beautiful little cakes when they had left over mashed potatoes. What I do know is that Potato Cakes are delicious, perhaps better than the original mashed potatoes. Each little cake is an individual, but…

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