Ham & Parmesan Risotto

Ham & Parmesan Risotto (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

Instant Pot + Stovetop instructions for a luscious Risotto made from leftovers. The Instant Pot makes the best no fuss, no stir Risotto in minutes.

I love me some Risotto – how ’bout you? It amazes me how you can take a simple ingredient like rice, add a glug of wine & a few gratings of cheese (plus a bit of this and that) and turn it into a gourmet meal – no make that a gourmet experience – because you get to drink the rest of the wine! Plus plus!

Ham & Parmesan Risotto

Ham & Parmesan Risotto

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Turkey Noodle or Chicken Noodle Soup

Thanksgiving Leftovers – The Ultimate Turkey Leftovers Guide

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Are you with me that the leftovers are better than the meal? Here's some inspiration!

Reposted for 2016: I hope you’ve had a great Thanksgiving and if you’re like me, you’re looking at the last of the leftovers thinking you really need to do something about them, now! I already have a post, my 12 Days of Turkey, with links to some of my favorite leftover Turkey dishes, but here’s your visual companion to it plus a few more! Each one better than the original turkey, if you ask me! 🙂

Creamy White Chicken Chili

Creamy White Chicken Chili

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Momofuku's Bo Ssam pork shoulder

Momofuku’s Bo Ssam

Chef Momofuko's Bo Ssam - caramelized pork shoulder for wraps = insanely good!!

What happens when a lentil/yogurt/kale and green smoothie person stays on to help out her solidly Midwestern parents? Things like this, I’m afraid! This is one gorgeous pork roast from Chef David Chang of Momofuku. Crazy good. Served with rice, sauces and lettuce for wrapping, this is insane.

Momofuku's Bo Ssam Pork Shoulder

Momofuku’s Bo Ssam

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Swedish Pancakes New York Times

Swedish Pancakes

Swedish Pancakes - little silver dollar pancakes, crispy on the edges, light and fluffy inside - they're the best! Save them for the weekend or when you have a little time.

These little silver dollar pancakes will never be mistaken for your typical American flapjack. The outside is beautiful with just the right amount of crisp, the inside, light and airy. Ethereal. Insanely good, really. It’s almost an insult to call these pancakes!

Swedish Pancakes New York Times

Swedish Pancakes

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Chicken Pot Pie - top with biscuit, pie crust, potatoes or puff pastry

Chicken Pot Pie like you WISH your Grandma made!

not to "dis" grandma, but this is outstanding!!

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 goes, right?

Chicken Pot Pie - top with biscuit, pie crust, potatoes or puff pastry

Chicken Pot Pie like you Wish your Grandma made! Tender, flaky crust, gorgeous vegetables and a gravy out of this world!

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Hot & Sour Soup

The Best Hot & Sour Soup - customize it how you like it!!

Since my very first taste, too many years ago to admit, I’ve been wild about Hot & Sour Soup. I think I order it whenever it’s available on a menu and it’s always exciting for me to sit at the table of a new restaurant, just waiting for their Hot & Sour Soup (which is always my first course) wondering what theirs will be like.

Hot & Sour Soup

Hot & Sour Soup

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Pozole Pork Hominy Stew Posole

Posole or Pozole Pork Hominy Stew

Posole or Pozole A favorite down home stew of pork and hominy, Easy to make from scratch or from pulled pork leftovers, stove-top or slow cooker.

I was introduced to Posole Rojo or Pozole Pork Hominy Stew in Denver when one of my co-workers bought it to nearly every “food day.” Those in the “know” snuck away to the buffet table before lunch before it was all gone. Now, I’d like to introduce you! Succulent pork and hominy swimming in a rich, garlicky, chile-based broth; the taste is reminiscent of tamales.

Pozole Pork Hominy Stew Posole

Posole, Pozole, a rich pork and hominy stew.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Yes, sandwiches - but then you'll find great recipes for the leftovers!!

While perhaps nothing can be compared to a bone-fide Pork Butt, also known as Pork Shoulder, smoked in a barbecue, this recipe, done in the slow cooker, yields absolutely moist, tender and delicious results. And it could hardly be simpler.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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Beef & Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup

Beef & Barley Soup - shortcut this with leftover potroast and doctored up broth! Yep. Pot Roast! It's already infused with flavor.

Beef Barley Soup seems to have never gotten it’s due. Maybe because most of us use the recipe on the back of the box. Good fare, not great. I love a good Beef Barley made with a home-made beef stock, but bones are hard to find and pricey. My solution? Make a great soup with a “doctored” broth.

Beef & Barley Soup

Beef & Barley Soup

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Pot Roast Carbonnade - a play on Beouf Carbonnade. A Beer Braised Pot Roast just dripping with Caramelized Onions

Pot Roast Carbonnade – Beer Braised Pot Roast

Pot Roast Carbonnade: Beer braised pot roast just dripping with caramelized onions. It's to die for!

Pot Roast done perfectly tender, silky, a rich gravy.  Is there anything better? Here’s one that’s full of flavor, a play off of the Flemish Stew with beer, Beouf Carbonnade. If that sounds too fancy, just call it Beer Braised Pot Roast. Does a roast with any other name still smell as good? Oh, that’s Rose? Silly me…

Pot Roast Carbonnade - a play on Beouf Carbonnade. A Beer Braised Pot Roast

Pot Roast Carbonnade – a play on Beouf Carbonnade. A Beer Braised Pot Roast

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Sparrow Tavern’s Veggie Burger . $3.75 for 8

These Veggie Burgers are amazing!! A bit of work but totally worth it!

Diners, Drive Ins & Dives is on Netflix this season and this episode features the Sparrow Tavern in Astoria, New York – a run down rock & roll type bar with gourmet style. One of their star items was the Sparrow Veggie Burger and even the carnivores were going on about it. After I made them, I can see why – they’re flippin’ AWESOME! A bit of work, but the best Veggie Burger I’ve ever had!

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger – early version, I fixed the “cracking” flaw.

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Simple, Rustic Mashed Potatoes . 50 cents

Mashed potatoes has to be my ultimate comfort food – if I were stranded on a desert island and had a choice of only one thing to eat, potatoes would probably be my first choice. That being said, they’re not the healthiest of foods, especially for someone like me that has to watch carbs and fat.

Mashed Potatoes - made with buttermilk (shown) or broth

Mashed Potatoes – made with buttermilk (shown) or broth

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Leftover Meats, Poultry & Fish

Whether you’re faced with leftovers to use up or you’ve planned for leftovers, here is your resource for just about any kind of meat or poultry.

Bear with me as I’m still doing updating – notice fish and seafood is missing. It will be reappearing soon.

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Scottish Oatcakes Oatmeal Pancakes

Scottish Oatcakes Oatmeal Pancakes

Easy overnight pancakes made from oatmeal.

Scottish? Probably not, but Scottish Oatcakes Oatmeal Pancakes are what always called these pancakes. Because of the oats. These pancakes are great; the outside is a beautiful, lacy, crispy contrast to the soft, moist interior, and they’re hearty and healthy and delicious all at the same time.

Scottish Oatcakes Oatmeal Pancakes

Scottish Oatcakes – Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

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Salmonchanted Evening – Asian Salmon Packets

I don’t know if I’ve told you that I’m a reformed food snob. For years, I’d only eat the best of this and that…as prices skyrocketed, my budget diminished. I found myself cutting out a lot of the expensive fish, and was missing out on a marvelous brain food. Guess what – I’m no longer a food snob and I’m eating better than ever…

Salmon-Chanted Evening – Salmon with a Teriyaki type sauce and Snow Peas

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Nested Corned Beef Hash Cups with Toast . $3.20

While Corned Beef Hash is wonderful, it does require some attention. These little Corned Beef Hash Cups are not just “cute” they save a bit of the last minute labor. One might very well be justified in feeling quite brilliant bringing these to the table for brunch! A crunchy little potato cup, softer, creamier potatoes in the middle, a layer of Corned Beef and a gorgeous egg on top, done as soft or as hard as you’d like.

Nested Corned Beef Hash Cups

Nested Corned Beef Hash Cups

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