I was listening to NPR early Sunday morning (it's usually a bad idea because instead of getting up, I lie there listening to the news).
Commentator Bonny Wolf talked about potato chip cookies, sauerkraut cake and in her segment. Read part of the transcript or take a listen here.
It was about lessons learned from frugal housewives of a generation ago. Rather than throw away food, they whipped up excruciating sounding concoctions, but, apparently, that's where some best-loved desserts come from.
7-Up or Coca-Cola cake anyone?
I usually buy bananas because they're good for you (and I like them of course!), but there's always two or three that get much too ripe to eat. But super ripe bananas are best for banana bread and cake, so I never throw bananas out. Besides, banana bread makes for an easy breakfast in the mornings!
Same thing goes for apples. If I get sick of eating them, I'll take what's left and make apple bread.
I can take a single chicken and get 6 or 7 meals out of it -- pasta, tortillas, chicken and rice, omelets with chicken, etc.
Leftover pasta sauce turns into chili really easily too -- just add dark red kidney beans, chili powder, cayenne pepper and ground beef or turkey if it wasn't a meat sauce already.
But I love baking and, aside from the banana bread trick, I didn't know how to make good use of leftover food items.
I'm curious to hear how some of you make the most out of your groceries... especially fruit and veggies, which I never can seem to use up before they go bad.