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Leftovers anyone?

December 20, 2008 by Joan Nova in Fotologue, Product Recommendations | 15 Comments

Me? I can’t bear to throw them out so when faced with the predicament of all those recorded meals that I cooked, ate and photographed and never posted, I decided a year-end round-up was in order. BTW, it’s a month short of a 1/2-year since I started blogging. My first official post was July 31 and, after 5 months, it’s interesting to re-read. I think I stayed fairly true to my mission statement. Click here if interested.

Anyway, rather than throw the leftovers in the ‘trash’ like table scraps, here’s the lonely little entries that languished in my draft folder waiting to be chosen. Their leafy green or spicy piquant voices crying  ‘pick me, pick me’. So sad. Too bad. I know I could post them in 2009 but I’ve always been all about ‘out with the old, in with the new’. (And those that know me well are shaking their heads up and down and laughing now.)
Baked Sausage: pork sausage, fennel/carrots/potatoes/pimentos, crusty ciabatta…vino!

Stuffed Chicken Breast with broccoli rabe and white bean puree.

Tuna Melt: Like Frank, I did it “my way”. Tuna mixed with capers, olives & cheese.

Fresh Italian Plum & Toasted Walnuts Tart
My one foray into pastry wound up getting nicknamed “A tart Tart”.

Lobster Monster Roll at Lemongrass Bistro (one of my 2 favorite decadent foods; the other is Salade Royale of fois gras, prawns and other over-the-top delicacies
 at a waterfront restaurant in Cannes).

Chicken Burger on a Ciabatta Roll: Meant to be a product recommendation (I bought in Costco but I haven’t seen it lately). Boo-hoo.

 Spinach & Apple Salad: Spanish-inspired with sherry-saffron-mustard vinaigrette & toasted almonds.

Spinach & Apple Salad with feta, walnuts and rice wine vinegar vinaigrette.

Fresh Roasted Tomatoes, Leftover Broccoli and Pesto Oil Pasta…with a scoop of ricotta.

Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad: chicken, various veggies, toasted ramen noodles & almonds, rice wine & sesame oil vinaigrette

Cabbage & Lima Bean Parmigiana: savoy cabbage, sauteed onions, lima beans, breadcrumbs & cheese

Tapas: chistorra, morcilla & garbanzos with pan de tomate.

Asian Seafood Pouch: seafood, veggies, udon noodles, nuts, various oriental spices.

Somewhere along the way I had a brilliant(?) idea to create a collection of B&W with 1-color added (a nifty feature, I thought, that my camera offered). Interesting? Crazy? Perhaps, this should have been relegated to the trash. Looks like science lab gone wrong, very wrong.

Stuffed Roasted Vegetables: Eggplant Rolotini; couscous/lentils/cheese & herb stuffed red pepper; olive & bread stuffed mushroom

Spinach Spaghetti with Scallops and fresh tomatoes.

Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps: ground pork, Asian spices, chow mein noodles. 
Spicy, but in a good way.

Joan aka ‘culinista @’

P.S. If anyone wants a full recipe for any of these featured items, email me at and I’ll be happy to send it to you.
NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for. A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!


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  1. Maryann says:

    Food porn!
    I love the stuffed chicken breast! Happy Holidays!

  2. The Soka says:

    OMG ! you have so many cool recipes, I will put a link on my page ( that we can keep up with such delicious photographs and recipes. Great Site, I like it a lot.

  3. Peter M says:

    What, these are your rejects? Perhaps tweaking some of the dishes is called for?

    They look tasty but only you know the end result and I’m sure 2009 will be filled with many delicious meals.

  4. Ivy says:

    Joan, you have so many lovely recipes and all with great photos. Shall be looking forward for you to posting them. My God you should see how many I have in my Recipes to Post file.

  5. Robin Sue says:

    I have to say you eat very well! Beautiful pictures and the B and W ones with a splash of red were very fun to see, so artistic!

  6. Pam says:

    I think all of these looked amazing! Looking forward to seeing more tasty recipes in the new year.

  7. Ben says:

    What a great way to use leftovers. I love all those pictures. Happy New Year to you too and congratulations for the almost 1/2 year you have been blogging :) Time flies when we are having fun, doesn’t it? :)

  8. Alexa says:

    What a lovely idea for an end of the year post… I thoroughly enjoyed your gorgeous leftovers! :-)
    Happy holidays!

  9. elly says:

    It all looks SO delicious! I have so many things on my camera/hard drive that just never got blogged, too. Of course I can’t remember what is in 90% of them :P I am loving the white bean puree. I will have to try something like that.

  10. Gloria Chadwick says:

    Don’t trash them! Leftovers are a good thing and all these beautiful pictures of food deserve a posting. Your blog will thank you. Your readers will thank you. Your draft folder will thank you…
    Looking forward to see what you cook up next year. I’ve heard a little bit about the Blogger Aid event you’ll be hosting and think it’s a really wonderful idea. :)

  11. Bellini Valli says:

    These dishes all sound fantastic to me Joan. Maybe what they need is a change of location? How's about Spinach & Apple Salad in Provence or Tart Tart on the Italian Riviera or Asian Chicken Salad in Hong Kong or Stuffed Roasted Vegetables on a Greek isle…you get the picture!!

  12. Joan Nova says:

    Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. It’s not that I didn’t know what to do with them, it’s more that I ran of out days to put up posts…and I wanted to give them a proper airing/burial.

  13. Robin Sue says:

    Merry Chirstmas Joan! Have a relaxing Holiday!

  14. Lori Lynn says:

    Wow! Those all look so good. I know what you mean though, sometimes I need more than just a tasty looking photo or good recipe, I need a story, to inspire me to write about it. “Pick me,” that’s cute!

    Wishing you very happy holidays Joan!

    Lori Lynn

    P.S. My pick of the litter is the Lobster Roll!

  15. Giff says:

    love that photo of the plum and walnut tart!

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