Monday, May 7, 2012

Is That a Wrap?

by Kate Collins

“Will that be to go?”

I’m the one in the restaurant who always answers "yes." Well, let’s qualify that. Unless the food is bad, I’m the lady with the leftovers.

I love leftovers and I’m not ashamed to ask for them to be wrapped. If I enjoy what I’m eating, I can’t wait to eat it again the next day. And now that I’m alone, those leftovers mean I don’t have to scrounge for something to eat, because I don’t usually cook for myself.

When family comes in, however, I pull out the pots and pans and get out my old favorite recipes and cook up a storm. And being a woman of the “cook once, eat three times” generation, boy do I have leftovers.

My favorites for reheating are: spaghetti, chili, beef stew made with a wine sauce, and Italian meatballs. (In case you’re interested, three of those recipes can be found in our brand new “Cozy Chicks Kitchen recipe book.

How about you? Do you clean your plate (also my generation) or are you like me, a leftover fan? Do you cook extra meals and freeze them? What are your favorites to reheat?

9 comments:

Jen said...

I love homemade macaroni & cheese. It reheats like it just came out of the oven. My daughters have lunch for about a week from one batch of it. :)

Aurian said...

Yes! I also love making food for more than 1 day! That means the next day I only have to heat it up, and that means more reading time!
Macaroni, chinese foods, ovendishes with veggies and such, almost anything goes.

But no, I don't think it is done in dutch restaurants to have the lefovers wrapped. I guess most portions are just right, so almost everything gets eaten.

Mirjam said...

I usually clean my plate, so I don't have leftovers. In my experience few restaurants in my country (the Netherlands) offer to wrap leftovers. If they do they often have both a restaurant and a take away. Like most Chinese restaurants. Their portions tend to be huge, so I accept the leftovers to enjoy them the next day!

Ramona said...

My mother taught us food always tastes better the second day, after flavors "settle in." I think she's right. Day three of a gumbo or shrimp creole is the best.

Now I'm hungry. I wonder what yummy old food I can find in the 'fridge.

Mo said...

We love leftovers at our house but I rarely get them, my husband does. Where he works there is no convenient place to buy lunch so I cook extra at every meal, stuff the leftovers into plastic containers and pop them into the freezer. He grabs one on his way out the door in the morning and reheats at the office. At our favorite Italian restaurant we always order enough food to ensure goodies go home with us for dinner the next night. Yum.

Lizzie said...

So much tastes better the second time around...chili, spaghetti, stews, soups and casseroles!

Linda McDonald said...

I love leftovers. I'm a big fan of them. Usually restaurant portions are so big that there is easily enough to bring home to last at least one other meal.

Dru said...

If I'm dining out at a restaurant and the food is travelable, then I'm bringing it home.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, I'm taking leftovers.

Me at home, not so much.

Susan L said...

My mom likes to joke that one of my first sentences was, "Leftover it, Mommy!" Twenty-nine years later, that hasn't changed. If I go to a restaurant, I hope to save enough (especially at Mexican restaurants that bring baskets of chips or bread/salad/soup as all-you-can-eat before the main meal) for 2-3 leftover servings. That way I don't feel as much guilt paying out big bucks at a restaurant. Right now, we are on night two of red beans and rice (that I made for an early Mother's Day dinner for my mom). My husband said we couldn't freeze any of this batch because we still have one night's worth of servings in the freezer from the last time we froze the leftovers....