December 29, 2009

Tip of the day

What do do with those holiday leftovers?

  • Egg nog or boiled custard—use them with eggs and cinnamon for French Toast.  Yummy!
  • Peppermint candies—Melt almond bark or white chocolate in the microwave.  Add crushed peppermint and pour onto waxed paper.  Once it is cooled, enjoy!
  • Ham bone—use the ham bone for seasoning for your beans or make a ham and potato soup
  • Turkey bones—cover with filtered water, bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.  Simmer until the rest of the meat falls off of the bones.  If making a stock, cook until the bones break easily.  Pour stock through a sieve to keep any bones from being in the stock.
  • Leftover pound cake or dried out cake—You have a few options here.  You can freeze the cake for later use.  You can butter a skillet and pan fry the cake for a yummy warm treat.  Or,  you can make a trifle.  Cut the cake into cubes.  Layer with prepared pudding (flavor of your choice) and whipped cream/cool whip.  If you have some leftover candies or chocolates, you can crush those and layer them into the mix as well.  Heath or toffee bars work beautifully.
  • Nuts—make peanut brittle, pralines, or candy them in the oven.  My favorite for pecans is to heat a cast iron skillet in the oven with half of a stick of butter.  I pour a pound of pecans into the butter and season with Tony’s.  Bake over low heat (200-250 degrees F), stirring every 15 minutes with a total baking time of 1 hour.  Delicious!
  • Ham, turkey, goose, etc—if you do not want to use them for sandwiches, then freeze them.  By freezing them in either gravy or some of the drippings, you will reduce the risk of them getting freezer burned.  Pull them out for casseroles as you may need them.  I like to chop my ham and put it into small (1/2 cup to 1 cup) containers.  These are perfect for omelets!


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