Seven Ways to Use Leftover Bread

You can try and avoid having stale bread in the house. My mother would keep half a loaf out at a time, and freeze the half loaf of bread after slicing. Then you could take out a slice or two at a time. Still, even with the best planning bread gets stale. A lot of […]

Sweet Bread Pudding

I make this when I have a lot of leftover bread, or my sourdough loaf comes out too tangy or dense. Ingredients: Loaf of old bread, torn into small chunks. About two cups of milk or orange juice. You can dilute with water if you like. 2 tablespoons lemon juice. 2 eggs. Optional: Ripe fruit, […]

Individual Plates or Family Style? A Comparison of Serving

Growing up my mother served meals on individual plates. She knew just how much to give everyone. We never felt deprived. The food was good and we knew we could always ask for more. My father would complain that my mother gave him too much, but he ate it all and managed to stay slim. […]

My Mother’s Re-Recycled Meat Soup

My mother served soup at every meal. For Friday night dinner, she served clear chicken broth with noodles. For dairy meals, she opened a can of tomato or mushroom. But  her meat soups were the foundation of her cooking system. What was in the soup? Hard to say. Probably some chicken broth, and odd bits […]

Adventures in Holiday Leftovers

In our house we just finished a round of holidays. I couldn’t bear to put the leftovers into the freezer, but I wasn’t sure I had enough for a full meal. Here’s what I had: 60 grams of cooked chicken breast and a neck. chicken stock with some onion and winter squash several cups of […]