Remains of the day

I challenge thee to refuel … with leftovers.

They have a bad reputation, it’s true. Leftovers are crammed into plastic containers and pushed to the back of the fridge. They’re abandoned, folks — sentenced to a slow, fuzzy death in no man’s land.

Therefore I say, who among you is brave enough to make something of the day’s remains? Accept the challenge, friend. Prepare thyself for fabulous flavor!

Luscious leftovers require two ingredients: good food and creativity.
You can’t make a successful second meal unless the first was made with fresh, premium ingredients. You’ll also need a healthy dose of wild abandon. Step outside the box … find your muse … indulge in whimsy.

Or, like me, you might simply be in a panic to feed five hungry people and a trek to the nether regions of the refrigerator is your only option. I had leftover brisket. I had a cheddar biscuit recipe from a friend.

1 + 1 = pursue greatness

Maybe it’s not an innate culinary genius that prompted me to bake biscuits, pile them high with brisket, sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, freshly caramelized onions with a slice of white cheddar cheese. But those sandwiches were good — really good. And they were gobbled up, down and every which way but loose.

When I revealed the deep, dark secret that they were eating leftovers — gasp! — they didn’t scoff or sneer or cry for atonement. They looked at the sandwich in hand, took an even bigger bite, and begged for more. Victory!

My point is: food is only as good as its ingredients. Use the best … expect the best. And accept nothing less in your own kitchen or the fine dining establishments you frequent. Join the quest for perfection … wholesome, fresh, flavorful food.

Rule the day … and the one after that.


Lovely leftover ideas:

Smoky Meatloaf Sandwich
Leftover from this recipe


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Jennifer Kiko

Jennifer lives on a rural route with her husband, kids, horses, cows and faithful Labs, Cash and Carter. She's an aspiring foodie and enjoys making good food for great friends. She lives next door to a winery, plays the piano, and admits to growing too many tomatoes.

5 thoughts on “Remains of the day”

  1. I am soooo cooking a brisket just to have leftovers so I can make THAT sandwich! It looks awesome!

  2. That looks divine! I never would have thought of such a creation! Thanks for the inspiration! Any suggestions for leftover flat iron besides quesadillas?

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