Lazy Sunday, The Leftover Edition

By Katherine

A few weeks ago we made a reference to leftover night and a few of you expressed shock that we actually have those. Many of you seem to have an image of our table laid out like this each night, wineglasses ready to be filled, all the utensils in their place:

Like a lot of things I made the table from junk on the curb

OK, those utensils aren’t in the right place. Greg’s never watched a complete episode of Martha Stewart’s Living.

Still, you might think we routinely look at each other with moon eyes over heart-shaped food:

Bacon and grits are so romantic

OK we do that. Greg even likes to make his mashed potatoes into a heart shape before doing a little move he calls the mashed potato face plant. It’s not pretty and there are no pictures, but here’s what it looked like when he was a kid:

I was going somewhere with this. Oh yes, leftover night. Here’s actual proof that we really do have leftover night and it is anything but gourmet.

Eat your heart out Wendy's

That’s right a baked potato with leftover venison chili, cheese and the only other vegetable we had left in the house, some red pepper. Oh wait, it kind of looks heart-shaped.

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36 Responses to Lazy Sunday, The Leftover Edition

  1. I know exactly what you mean! As a food blogger my friends are shocked when I throw a frozen pizza in the oven. Some days you just can’t cook!

  2. I knew it would be heart shaped :) I must say though, the left-over chili has been repurposed as a firstover. If you’d shown us a congealed blob of leftover mac and cheese, THEN it would be leftovers. LOL

    I love your stuffed tater, even if it IS sort of heart shaped.

  3. Eva Taylor says:

    You guys crack me up. I have a guide to place settings I can scan and email to you if you’d like! ;)

  4. I do leftover buffet. Heat everything up and lay it all out for the kids to pick at. Although with an 18 yr old and 12 yr old boy in the house leftovers are rare these days.

  5. Carolyn Chan says:

    We are eating fondue leftovers today with very very sore heads :)

  6. You’d need a heart specialist to check that out:)

  7. bulldogsturf says:

    Had to rush off to find something to eat after looking at the photos, that must tell you something about them.

  8. wanderlust23 says:

    Sometimes leftovers are better. The flavours have time to stew even more and it just tastes better.

  9. Mad Dog says:

    The food looks great regardless ;-)

  10. Oh, A Christmas Story. Love that movie and the 24-hour marathon on TBS!

  11. Oh my god the piggy kid won’t shut up, HELP!!

  12. Yeah, we get the same thing around here…friends who are shocked – shocked! – that there are boxes of ready-made crackers and brownies from the store in our pantry, too…
    Martha doesn’t live here…and I’ll bet she’s got Triscuits in her cabinet somewhere….

  13. Leftovers are usually pretty good I find!

  14. nrhatch says:

    Wonderful! And we’re all on the same page of the recipe book ~ I “gleaned” the fridge and pantry yesterday to “evict” a few tenants . . . just about to share my creations/concoctions in a post. :lol:

  15. jwatson07 says:

    So glad that someone else has a boyfriend that does the “mashed potato face plant.” You’d think they’d grow out of that…they don’t lol. Anyways, great idea on the leftover meal! We attempt to eat leftovers, but it usually doesn’t work out. We start out with good intentions, as in, we put the food in tupperware, drop it off in the fridge, but then we leave it in there for a week and a half until it’s probably not a good idea to eat it anymore haha.

  16. How could we get through a work week without leftovers, I ask you?

  17. haha all of your meals sound equally fantastic :)

  18. nancyc says:

    I have leftovers quite a bit! I like to have chili on baked potatoes, too…with lots of cheese.!

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  20. Kudos to Greg for having the knife blade turned towards the plate!

  21. Kristy says:

    Well, even if you do eat leftovers, I’m betting you still look at each other longingly while eating them. :) ;)

  22. I loved this post.
    You guys are amazing.
    That table is amazing :D

  23. Well.. you know I love all things heart-shaped.. but, seriously!! Your video was hilarious!!! I will never look at Greg the same way (at least photos of Greg, lol). Glad to hear you have left-overs (although they look suspiciously gourmet) like the rest of the world!

  24. As much as I love cooking, leftover nights rule. Especially on a school night when there is swimming and soccer training on, and the washing needs to be done, homework… you get the idea. As for chilli? I eat mine cold, straight out of the fridge. For breakfast. Sometimes.

  25. Courtney says:

    I LOVE that you’ve dispelled the ‘Greg and Katherine must eat amazing gourmet food every night’ myth. You’re just like regular people, too. Phew!

  26. A_Boleyn says:

    Your leftovers are as pretty as some first time dinners I’ve had. :) My dinner tonight was leftovers … frozen roasted chicken, frozen walnut and basil pesto over freshly cooked. The cheesecake was freshly made this morning though … and amazing. :)

  27. egg me on says:

    Those are some great looking leftovers. Hopefully the utensils are in the right place though. That would just ruin everything. Oh, who am I kidding? Those utensils look right to me. Eating like Piggy Randy seems okay too.

  28. zestybeandog says:

    I’m all about leftovers! Most of the things we put love into when cooking get better over night!

  29. We love leftovers, too, and have them a lot. Love this post!

  30. Karen says:

    Leftovers always make it to our table. Yes, food bloggers are normal people.

  31. Isn’t it wonderful how leftovers are often better than the original meal was? :)

  32. Charles says:

    leftover venison chilli, mmmm :D – It’s one of those things which seems to get better the older it gets, because all the flavours infuse and develop (well, up to a point and then it doesn’t get better any longer and starts growing legs :p ) – I have a sudden urge to eat baked potatoes… damn

  33. Pretty much every night at our house is leftover night. I don’t know how that works out! Leftovers are the best. You can be so creative when ingredients seem less precious. Love this post. It made me smile.

  34. Jessica says:

    Funny how I hated leftovers as a kid, but once I became responsible for feeding myself, leftovers morphed into the best thing EVER. Well, until day 4 rolls around…

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