“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”

I was shocked when I went to get the newspapers. It was far warmer than I expected. It’s a deck day, a winter deck day. I’m going to finish here and get outside to enjoy the warmth before it disappears.

I am very late because I went to buy Chinese food for lunch. I had a hankering. After Gracie and I got home, I had to eat before my food got cold. It was totally delicious which is a good thing as that Chinese food, now a leftover, will also be my supper.

I have favorite leftovers. My chili is better on the second day so I make it a day ahead. That means, stay with me now, we are eating a leftover, a sort of leftover anyway, the first time I serve it. It is the same with my sausage cacciatore. I figure the tomatoes are what makes the dishes better the second day. They get to meld with everything else overnight. Dinner of Thanksgiving leftovers is almost as good as the original meal.

When I was a kid, a dinner of all the Thanksgiving leftovers was almost as good as the original meal. I know the turkey generally outlasts its welcome and is sometimes greeted with groans of not again, but for a few days after Thanksgiving, the turkey appeared in every meal except breakfast, and we never complained. The turkey sandwich was my favorite. On the toasted bread, I piled turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing. I used mayo.

I made meatloaf a couple of weeks back. I had it with mashed potatoes and peas, my favorite combination. That was my dinner for two nights then the leftover meatloaf became an always delicious sandwich for my lunch. I use mayo.

I know people who won’t eat leftovers. Their reasons are seldom rational. The favorite answer is,”I don’t eat them because I don’t like them.” A why don’t you like them never gets an answer.

I bought dog food yesterday and I also bought 2 boxes of girl scout cookies. A friend at Agway stores the cookies for her daughter. My favorite used to be thin mints, but now I buy tagalongs which are peanut butter and chocolate, known elixirs for what ails us.

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10 Comments on ““The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.””

  1. Bob Says:

    The real question is how long can one keep leftovers in the freezer? My father would keep meat for several years frozen in a deep freezer. He claimed that scientists found a Woolly Mammoth buried in a glacier and the meat was still fresh. An urban ledgend if I ever heard one. BTW he passed away from complications to cardio myopathy from an unknown source. I teased him right up to the end that the germs that attacked his heart muscle came from eating all that old frozen food. 🙂

    Leftovers are a staple in our house. You are correct that things like chili and Italian red sauce, (gravy), are better after all the flavors have melded together.

    Sunny day again but cooler since the cold front came through. Yesterday we hit a record at DFW airport of 88 degrees. This has been the warmest winter on record with the most days over 80 and the fewest freezing days.

  2. im6 Says:

    Did you see the news story about the New Jersey girl (Charlotte McCourt) who wrote an honest review of the GS cookies and has since sold over 24K boxes (a world record)? Tagalongs got a good review; the Toffee-tastic “was the only cookie that got a 1. She hilariously described the treat as a ‘bleak, flavorless gluten-free wasteland.’ ”

  3. olof1 Says:

    Some things must be leftovers from the beginning, like Your chili. I really like to have cold meatloaf on a sandwich and cold pancakes are almost better than the warm the day before. Now I rarely have any leftovers since my dogs wants some too 🙂

    We don’t have girlscouts here, all our scout groups are mixed but I’ve never seen any scouts selling cookies. Here it’s the school kids that sell things like candy, cookies or sausages 🙂 Most of us hide when we see any coming close to our homes 🙂 It is harder to avoid people at work but none of them havbe kids in the right age for aelling anything at the moment 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I am not a pancake lover so hot or cold is uninviting. My mother used to eat all sorts of leftovers. We called her the seagull. The worst was she’d have cold hot dogs with cucumber.

      School kids don’t sell anything here. The girl scouts raise money that way for trips and events and sports teams independent of schools sell stuff so they can buy equipment.

      Have a great Saturday!

  4. It wasn’t until I attended grad school in Buffalo NY that I realized the value of cold pizza. It was everywhere in that town. Any given corner store would have a sheet of cold deep-dish pizza cut in squares — with the requisite clear cling wrap ‘blanket’ — right next to the cash register. (Money traded hands atop the sheet, somewhat worrying.) Now, my measure of a truly great pizza is: How does it taste cold the next morning?

    Am hoping all is well with you, Gracie and all of Satan’s spawn,

    • katry Says:

      I know those pizzas well. They are sold around here in Italian bakeries. Yours and mine looked exactly alike. I too am a fan of morning pizza.

      We are all well. Poor Gracie is getting old and her back leg slides on the tile floors, but she manages. Maddie is well, and the spawns aren’t around much yet. My outside shower is filled with pinecones and other spawn delicacies. They have about a month before that’s cleared.

      My best,

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