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The Holiday Leftover Round-Up | A Creative Cooking Challenge

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We tackled leftovers in this month’s challenge. You know, what to do with this and that … and how to repurpose leftovers so you’re not just eating the same thing over and over again. Click on the various links to see the genesis and transformation of these dishes.

We hope we inspire you to get creative and have fun in the kitchen. Continue reading The Holiday Leftover Round-Up | A Creative Cooking Challenge

Leftovers: Or How I Turned My Fancy French-Inspired New Year’s Eve Dinner Into a Spicy Asian Fusion Meal

New Year’s Eve was all about indulgences … foie gras with an apple gastrique and chutney, bone marrow, triple créme cheese and baguette rounds that served as the vehicle for all those delectable starters. Then came some shrimp and lentils (for New Year good luck) followed by a main course of cornish hens and black rice. Not just any cornish hens, either. These birds had a little foie gras under the skin and were basted with the fat rendered from the foie. Indulgent!

Though not French, the Chinese black rice was treated with a mirepoix which also included fennel and was mixed with chopped dates and toasted pecans for a little sweet-savory to complement the birds. Side dish: roasted string beans and mushrooms with a little gorgonzola topping. Continue reading Leftovers: Or How I Turned My Fancy French-Inspired New Year’s Eve Dinner Into a Spicy Asian Fusion Meal

Meatless Monday: Pasta w/ Zucchini, Tomatoes, Olives + Bocconcini

I’ve seen reference to ‘meatless Mondays’ on the internet but never paid much attention to it. Lots of meals in the FOODalogue kitchen are meatless. It doesn’t matter the day. But, today is Monday and I went meatless…so why not?

This meal started with leftovers from our Mothers’ Day antipasto. We had bocconcini (tiny fresh mozzarella balls marinated with sun-dried tomatoes and basil) and kalamata olives, among other things. To that I added cubed fresh zucchini, garlic, fresh grape tomatoes and few other ingredients. It’s a simple dish, yet very illustrative of the pasta/veggie dishes I love. Continue reading Meatless Monday: Pasta w/ Zucchini, Tomatoes, Olives + Bocconcini