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As promised, this will be the last What’s Cooking column for 2010.  I seem to have managed to be assigned several stories that must get done before my husband and I leave for our daughter’s home next week.

Mary King gave me the idea for this week’s columns-what to do with all the leftovers-Here were her ideas:

I did not have many leftovers this week, but I made an incredible soup with sauteed leeks and carrots, some veggie broth, herbs de provence and red lentils. It was incredible. I also made chili with lean ground chuck and a smoked steak for the carnivore in the house.

One of my friends and I are going to start having three unique food challenges starting next year. The first challenge will be that we are not allowed to shop for an entire week. We have to be creative with what we have in the pantry. The second challenge is a meatless Monday challenge for our carnivore hubbies. Our third challenge (inspired by you) will be to cook once, eat twice or thrice challenge. It should be fun!

Sounds terrific to me!

I myself didn’t have leftovers.  But as I’ve mentioned before-I do my best to make extras on purpose.

My husband hates sandwiches unless they are just made with freshly baked bread-once I closed my daycare business, that was just not happening.  The result is that I make extra to package up as a homemade “tv” dinner.  It’s cheaper, better tasting and way more healthy!

Right now, with a trip on the horizon I am using up what’s in the fridge.  My niece and nephew will be house-sitting and I will have to get a list from them as to what they’ll eat.

Our niece will probably not do much cooking-but my nephew is a very good cook and has asked me to show him how to use the new range.

We’ll see what they‘re wish list will be.

I can tell you that last night I made some very tasty pork country ribs.  I used my oven to slow cook them with some root veggies-just used some Bull’s Eye BBQ sauce and let my oven do the work for several hours at 275.  The sauce caramelized without burning and the root veggies were almost dessert like.  

My leftover rib-lots of meat there-I’m shredding up and using the last of a package of low-carb, whole wheat tortillas and making Italian enchiladas out of.  Yes, I have some spaghetti sauce I need to use up (saw that coming a mile away I bet).  I have just enough broccoli for the two of us.  I’d normally steam it-but I have hummus to use-so raw it is.

And with this being shared-I wish you all the happiest of holidays.  May they be safe and healthy and filled with hope for the new year.

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