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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cleaning The Fridge...

 One thing I have learned through the years is the more disgusting something looks, the tastier it is.  I use to make Refrigerator Stew on Fridays.  Now it gets moved to whatever day I get to clean the fridge.

Pictured above is left over pork, cooked with squash, potatoes, onions and seasoned delightfully.  I even threw in a tablespoon of ranch dressing to get the bottle out of the fridge.  It was quite good although the sight is not too appealing.
I had three chicken legs that needed to be cooked since Hubby is outta commission and Grandson is out of school.  Here's dinner, chicken soup, vegetables, pasta and three chicken legs cooked to perfection.

In the slow cooker for tomorrow, I have deer meat cooking in home canned tomatoes.  What it will become remains a mystery until I cook it all night and season it in the morning.

Waste not, want not.  That was the way I was raised and the way I cook.  I use no recipes.  I just cook what I have and every one eats and hopefully enjoys it.  Nobody complains.

This talent will come in handy now Hubby has no income.  I will be stretching that food dollar until it squeals.

18 comments:

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

My Mother used to cook the same way, and so I know what you mean about looks and taste, which was always delicious. But what you're doing is not what enough people do these days, and that's exactly as you said, not wasting anything and not complaining! :-)

Lynne said...

Can you bake that way too? I cook by look and taste and can't bake for nothing because inevitably I will try this or that not called for in the recipe and I end up with a mess.

Cooking things I make have a common theme and changing the spices makes the difference. Except for a black bean and chicken soup I made the other day. I added the black beans, kidney beans, some corn and threw in some spices. Very good and tasty except it tastes like fire. I froze it, hope it helps calm it a bit. Smile

Irene said...

Those didhes actually look very good to me but then I like a mess cooked together. It's nice when you don't waste any food. That's the way I was raised. I don't remember my mother ever throwing out anything. We ate it all and we always were hungry. xox

Pat said...

I can improvise, but not as well as you! The dishes sound interesting....you'll have to let us know how they turn out!

LindaG said...

I wish I could be there to learn about seasonings. I know salt and pepper. ;o)

We had a similar dinner tonight. Hubby always called it scrapple.
Left over roast beef. Left over baked potatoes. Left over hamburger helper and a small can of corn tossed in.

*hugs* ♥

Far Side of Fifty said...

We use all our leftovers..we have leftover night at least once a week sometimes twice...it helps with the food budget. I hate throwing food out...I usually just rewarm..but have made a hash a time or two:)

An English Shepherd said...

They never let me clean the fridge ;-)

Sandy said...

My left overs are either eaten the next day or I freeze them for another meal in the near future.

ellen abbott said...

Same here. We do not through away food. If nothing else, it gets thrown into Left Over Soup.

Country Gal said...

You gota do what ya gota do these days . I do the same make some strange looking mixes but to our surprize it tastes good . I was raised the same as I was raised on a hobby farm and we lived off of our land and livestock . Have a good day !

Dreaming said...

Those are my kinda meals! I call it "Hunter Stew" as I hunt in the fridge to see what I'm going to combine for dinner. I love using the crock pot for dinner. WhenI used to work there were many, many mornings where I went to work with fingers smelling of onion having stocked the pot for dinner!

callie brady said...

We have leftover night too... everything gets eaten, but I must admit your creations do look very good indeed!

Ellie said...

Sometimes you just can't beat a leftover's dinner. These all sound delicious - I hope everybody enjoys them.

SaucyKod said...

Great post Gail. Leftovers at our house, done up by Mum were the greatest thing ever. She made entire meals out of leftovers and fed a bunch of us. My Sister, I feel, is the reigning Queen of creating the dinner of all dinners with her leftovers. Just something we were brought up with - as my Mum would say "waste not, want not"

Sue said...

And I'll bet you will be very good at it!

=)

StitchinByTheLake said...

Since I've been out of town I missed your original post about your husband's surgery - I went back and read it. I'm sure this is a scary time since his heart is so bad and since he can't work. My heart hurts with yours. I love the way you cook and I cook the very same way. Yesterday I had a couple of chicken breasts in the freezer that needed to be cooked before freezer burn got them. I melted a little butter in a pan, threw in some onions and mushrooms, laid the chicken breasts on them, put a can of mushroom soup on top of the chicken and baked. It was wonderful - I wanted to eat every single piece of onion and mushroom! blessings, marlene

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

We always call those concoctions a bowl of delight!!!

I cook in masses and freeze portion sized entrees. I never ever throw food out. 'Just sayin'.....

God bless ya sweetie and have a fabulous day! :o)

Kathe W. said...

there is no such thing as leftovers- it's just a new dish! I think I would go mad if I lived in a household that didn't eat some sort of reincarnation- I don't waste anything

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