Lately I have been going back and watching televisions shows from many years ago that I did not get to watch the first time they were on television. So, I have watched West Wing, How I Met Your Mother, and now Malcolm in the Middle.
One of the best moments so far for me is this exchange between Malcolm and his mom:
Malcolm: Mmm, I’m starving. What’s for dinner?
Lois: Leftover parfait.
Malcolm (to the camera): It’s even worse than it sounds! Once a week Mom cleans out the fridge. Anything that doesn’t have something growing on it gets served for dinner parfait. Did we have spaghetti or Chinese food on Thursday? Neither.
Ah! No! (digging through the layers of parfait) Sunday, Saturday, Friday. It finally happened! The fifth level of this week’s leftover parfait is last week’s leftover parfait.
I never really thought of this before but do you have a dish or two that you make to use up all your leftovers before they need to be thrown away? As I was making pasta salad last night and going through all the shelves and drawers to find any last pieces of leftover meat, cheese, or vegetables to use in the salad I realize this is just one of my “Leftover” Dishes. I hate throwing food away and I realized then that about once a week or so I make a dish to use up all the little pieces of stuff.
What is the soup, casserole or “parfait” you make most often to use up all the leftover pieces of meals. We also occasionally do buffet night where I pull anything I can out of the fridge to use up any last bits. There are usually very few leftovers for those nights.