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I Love Left Overs!

Updated on May 8, 2014
Good home made soup from left overs makes a great meal.
Good home made soup from left overs makes a great meal.
Tater cakes made from left over mashed potatoes.
Tater cakes made from left over mashed potatoes.

Making Use of Left Overs

I am so thankful to live in the "land of plenty." In a few weeks we will be celebrating our Thanksgiving but a vast majority of folks living in our country will not be able to enjoy this yearly holiday as they have in previous years. The horrible hurricane that destroyed so many homes and in the aftermath displaced many families. There are many suffering and the road ahead is filled with many uncertainties. Much has already been done to alleviate some of the problems caused by the hurricane by the American Red Cross and many other charitable organizations. Our prayers continue to go up for these Americans. We are a great nation and as we have done when devastation of this magnitude strikes our homeland, we all pitch in and help whenever and where we can.

Today as we were having our noon meal I was reminded of what a blessing it is to have food at my table. My brother in law had stopped by and we were talking about how many things have changed over the years. When our parents were children, they had few choices. They were taught at an early age to work and contribute to the home. They became independent yet contributors as a matter of survival. There weren't any chain grocery stores and people grew the vast majority of the foods which they ate. Vegetables and fruits were preserved and grain which was grown on the farm fed the livestock and became bread for families.

A trip to town and pushing a cart down the many well stocked shelves containing so many varied packaged or canned foods was yet to come. Our grandparents and parents had it rough but they survived. As we talked today we remembered the times when leftovers were common. Left overs from the noon meal were added to whatever was planned for the evening meal. Some of the best meals I ever ate were from the leftovers. We skirted poverty but we didn't know we did. No one complained about cold corn bread and a glass of sweet milk for supper or leftover taters and beans. The fact is, we never went to bed hungry and we were blessed.

Today it is becoming more important for us to go back to those days of our youth. Just think how much money one could save by eating leftovers even if you can stop by Little Caesars for a $5 pizza. For my family the expense of eating outside the home is going to have to be curtailed as it will be a luxury. Most anyone who has a mind to can stretch food dollars by using their leftovers. We often have dried beans cooked in a crock pot. We can eat from that crock pot for several days and you gotta know those dried beans just keep on getting "gooder and gooder!" They are healthy and don't require much more than a few seconds in the microwave.

We have potatoes pretty regular around our house and most of the time there aren't any leftovers but when there are some my wife makes "tater cakes." The following recipe is from the web but similar to the one my wife uses and a great way to use your leftover potatoes. She makes hers in a cast iron fry pan using bacon drippings.

TATER CAKES: Leftover mashed potatoes,1 egg, Salt and pepper to taste,Chopped onion, optional add milk to thin down potatoes before cooking. Bring to a boil and add flour until thickened. Stir in egg. Drop into hot oil and brown.

Home made soup is also a great way t use leftover vegetables in your refrigerator. When we were in elementary school our lunchroom ladies always served home made vegetable soup along with a grilled cheese sandwich. The soup was made from vegetables like carrots, celery and tomatoes that had been stored from previous days school lunches.We ate it and it was not only nutritious but it really tasted good!

I still am a fan of leftovers and they have enabled our house hold to save of groceries all the being smart!!


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      Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

      I adore leftovers. When I saw the title I was like....ooooh, let me read this. love the tater cakes....not a huge fan of mashed potatoes but this sounds wonderful. Will make them, especially, when my grandson is here... He loves mashed potatoes and I know would love these. And, I love soup and it always seems to taste especially good a day or two later. LOL. Good read..thanks for sharing.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. Wishing you a blessed day.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I too love leftovers. Everything tastes better the next day.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thanks breakfastpop, been thinking about you and hope all is well in your neighborhood.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Great hub Fiddleman, I love leftovers too, they are always available and just waiting for a little creativity. Voted up and shared!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thank you eHealer, great way to stretch the grocery budget while still enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      We enjoy our leftovers around here. They are a blessing when you consider half the world does not even get first full meal. Great thoughts, love your tator idea.

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