Thursday, September 11, 2008

Leftovers

I bet every mom has a way of dealing with leftovers. My mom would haul everything out on the counter in various sized containers and call it a smorgasbord. It didn’t matter if nothing went together. It was our version of a one-family potluck, and Mom’s night off.

Our neighbor, the little old farm lady, made soup. She threw all her farm-grown vegetables and chicken scraps in a pot of salty water and served it to her husband every day for lunch, with iced tea and saltines with melted cheese on top.

Some people make a mean casserole. Sometimes casseroles are so mean they make me cry. If you invite me to a potluck, don’t make me try the casserole. Especially if it has eggplant in it, I might have to spit it into a nearby potted plant. The exception is tuna casserole. I know it’s not glamorous, but noodles + cheese + tuna = good stuff. You can’t go wrong.

I have my own version of a casserole, and I call it a baked quesadilla. Or bake-adilla, for short. I discovered some time ago that absolutely everything tastes good with tortillas and cheese. You can just pile leftovers in between layers of flour tortillas in a casserole dish and shove it in the oven. Chicken, peppers, onions, and Monterey Jack makes it a chickie-dilla. Tomato sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella, and olives is a pizza-dilla. Ground beef, cheddar, tomatoes, and salsa is a taco-dilla. Never mind if that makes no sense in Spanish.

The possibilities are endless. I’m pretty sure I could even come up with a dessert quesadilla. If there’s ever any sweet stuff left over in our house, I just might invent it.

7 comments:

Rena said...

Note to self -- don't read blogs like this at lunchtime. Now I'm hungry for quesadillas! My mom did the mixed-matched potluck thing with all the leftovers. We have a family of 6, so between everyone, leftovers don't last too long here.

As for a dessert quesadilla, I love putting cream cheese and some kind of thick jam (usually huckleberry) and roll it all up. That's really good. Think I'll go make one now! :)

Brenda said...

Growing up, when my mom pulled out the leftovers, my sister and I would feed them to the dog when mom wasn't looking...

I barely cook now, so leftovers aren't a problem...getting the food made the first time around seems to by my problem...grin...

adrienne said...

Rena - Cream cheese and huckleberry jam! Now I'm hungry.

Brenda - I know, too often cooking means opening a box and pushing buttons on the microwave.

Carrie Harris said...

Oh, for me it's apple pie filling between tortillas sprayed with cooking spray and baked. Of course, now I am hungry for dessert at 8 AM. ;)

Suzie said...

This week I figured out a great recipe for leftovers leave it all in the oven until it dries out and burns and then serve it to everyone and growl when they complain.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Okay, now I want leftovers--I can't believe I'm saying that! In the south they call leftovers "Taddix." And families will get together for "Taddix" for supper. I like that they call it something else--makes it more exotic:)

adrienne said...

Carrie - Yum!!

Suzie - Funny! I think I've tried that recipe.

Green Girl - I've never heard of that! I wonder what the origin is?