cholent leftovers make a great base for a delicious soup

What Can You Do With Leftover Cholent?

This is not a question I am asked very often.  In fact, it’s a problem that I have had only once.   During my 30 days of beans, I made a pot of  Cholent.  After we ate, we still had about 9 cups of left overs.  Having never made cholent before I had no idea that the volume of the finished product would be so great.  The next day, the leftovers were drier and stickier, and didn’t look very appealing.  I ate some for breakfast, and decided that it would require a makeover before being served again.  I began searching the […]

The pot roast was cooked with potatoes in my crock pot

Slow Cooker Pot Roast and Potatoes

Regular visitors to this site might remember my review of the complete pork chop dinner in a crock pot.   My vegetables were over cooked, the pork chops were dry, but the sweet potatoes were delicious.   In my summary, I said I would experiment with potatoes in the crock pot and that next time, I would try using a pork roast instead of chops.   I still hadn’t tried that experiment, but  I knew that I was going to have a very busy day today.    I decided to  make my favorite three ingredient pot roast in the crock pot and try […]

A piece of pressure cooker fried chicken fresh from the oven

Pressure Cooker “Fried” Chicken and Mashed Potatoes

The idea for this recipe came from two separate places.  First, the idea for the chicken game from Grandma Lynda’s YouTube Channel.  The idea for the mashed potatoes came from the cookbook which came with the electric pressure cooker that I received for Christmas.  I wanted to make “fried” chicken and mashed potatoes, so I decided to see if I could make both dishes in the pressure cooker at the same time. I began by peeling several potatoes and cutting them into quarters.  These were arranged in the bottom of my pressure cooker.  To these, I added 1/2 stick of […]

cheese atop a chili filled baked potato

Chili Topped Potato

This post is really not a recipe.  It’s not even an original idea.  I just wanted to share one of the other ways that we make use of leftovers.  Chili is one of those things that is great for leftovers.  There are so many ways that leftover chili can be used, so when I make a pot of chili, I always plan to make a double batch.  That way, I can freeze some for later use in meal sized containers on busy nights.  It’s as convenient as canned chili, but it’s healthier and usually less expensive ounce per ounce. I’ve […]

tortilla chips topped with chili and cheese are baked for nachos

Chili Cheese Nacho Bake

What do you do with leftover chili? The list is very long, but one of  our family’s leftover solutions is the chili-cheese nacho bake.  It’s a simple layer of tortilla chips that are topped with chili and shredded cheese and then baked.  When it comes out of the oven, additional toppings are added to individual servings as desired.  Some of our favorites are  sliced green onions, diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, sour cream, or guacamole.  I’ve even been known to throw some shredded lettuce on top of mine to make it like a salad. However it’s topped, the end result […]

Iced Scone

Orange Cranberry Scones

So far this week, I have posted two recipes for finger sandwiches that would be great for a Mother’s Day tea party.  Today, I am going to share a recipe for scones.  Scones are a traditional tea time treat.   These scones are sweet and delicious, and  I love the combination of orange and cranberry.   They are also very easy to make.  In my recipe, I used dried cranberries.  If you are looking for a recipe made with fresh cranberries, check out this recipe at Sally’s Baking addiction.  I chose to use dried cranberries because they are available in my […]

Black Pepper on cucumber sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches

The first time I heard of cucumber sandwiches, I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to eat one.  Sliced cucumbers are good, but I just didn’t understand the appeal of a cucumber sandwich.  Then, I tasted one.  It was a delightful and delicious sandwich, and I decided that I needed to learn how to make them. The problem with learning how to make cucumber sandwiches is that everyone has very strong opinions about the correct method.  Some recommend cream cheese seasoned with garlic and herbs,  Others stop just short of calling those who use cream cheese  blasphemers.  They insist that […]

egg salad finger sandwiches

Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches

I previously posted about my father’s egg salad sandwich, and egg salad is an excellent filling for finger sandwiches.  Finger sandwiches are a great thing to serve at a Mother’s Day tea.  I really think that a tea party is the perfect Mother’s Day lunch.  You don’t even need to serve tea.  You can have juice, cocoa, or lemonade.  Finger sandwiches and sweets are more than adequate.  This egg salad is one of my favorite versions.  It came about one day when I was making lunch and was decided to make things a little fancier by adding chopped celery leaves, […]

chili mac topped with shredded cheese and ready to eat

Chili Mac

What can you do with leftover chili?  There are many possible answers to that question, but a hearty and delicious option is to turn it into Chili Mac.  This recipe requires only three ingredients–chili, pasta, and shredded cheese.   There are canned version of chili mac available, but there’s no substitute for the homemade version, and it’s not difficult to make at all. All you need to do is heat up some leftover chili while you cook a pound of pasta.  For this dish, I generally use large elbow noodles, but I have been known to use penne or rotini in […]

A slice of navy bean pie

Navy Bean Pie

I decided to finish out my 30 days of beans with another dessert recipe, the Navy Bean Pie.  This pie recipe is not something made by the Navy, at least not to my knowledge.  It is, in fact, made from navy beans which are reported to have been a staple food of the US Navy in the early 20th century. This pie has its roots in the culture of African American Muslims, and is truly an American original.   The navy bean is the only bean that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad allowed in the strict dietary code for the Nation of […]