Making the most of leftovers

October 20, 2004|By Bill Daley | Bill Daley,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Looking for ways to use up leftovers? Here are some suggestions posted on online food forums such as eGullet (egullet.org), Chowhound (chowhound.com) and the LTHforum (lth forum.com).

Jeff Wilhoit of Lake Zurich, Ill.: Puree cooked vegetables with broth and/or milk or cream for a quick soup. Marinate cooked meat in lime juice spiked with diced jalapeno; serve the meat as is or chop for a taco filling.

Robert Buxbaum of New York City: Quickly cool just-cooked asparagus in ice water, then toss with a vinaigrette for a next-day salad.

Brooks Hamaker of Abita Springs, La.: Keep a supply of refrigerated pizza dough on hand. Leftover meat or vegetables can be folded into the dough and baked for a calzone.

Barbara During Harris of Philadelphia: Place leftover tomato paste in a plastic bag, squeeze it flat and freeze. Break off paste a bit at a time to enrich sauces.

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