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Using Leftovers in Unusual and Interesting Ways 
Jul. 30, 2011 9:37 am 
Updated: Aug. 1, 2011 6:37 am
Using Leftovers in Unusual and Interesting Ways

Once in awhile, an idea pops into my head.  Sometimes these ideas are good and sometimes not.  But today, this one turned out to be a good one.

Back story:  If you have ever eaten Cheryl’s Cookies (a central Ohio company), you know how wonderful they are.  But there can be too much of a good thing!  Somehow, we got an order placed on QVC and an order placed thru the cookie com-pany’s online store at the same time.  So we ended up with 6 dozen
cookies.  We served them at the annual 4th of July party, but
even 34 guests couldn’t eat that many, especially with all the other wonderful foods that guests brought.  We froze the iced cookies and left the sugar cookies and the snicker-doodles (individually wrapped) in a basket on the counter. Every once-in-awhile, someone would eat one, but there sat 8 cookies getting stale: 3 sugar cookies and 5 snickerdoodle cookies.

Today I decided that they had been there long enough, but I hated to throw them out for the birds.  What to do, what to do.  How about using the cookies to make a crust for a fruit cobbler?  Wait, no fruit!  But, there was a can of cherry pie filling in the pantry!

Using the food processor, I ground up the cookies, added ¾ stick of butter, pressed ¾ of the mixture into a greased 8x8” pan, poured in the pie filling, sprinkled the remaining crumbs over the top and baked in a preheated 350° oven for 20-25 minutes,  served DH a bowl with ice cream melting on the top.  He gave it 9.75 out of 10.  (I think the ice cream added at least 2 points.)
So tell us how you use your leftovers in a unusual way!
Cookie Crust Cobbler
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Cookie Crust Cobbler
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Jul. 30, 2011 11:07 am This is a family favorite.
Jul. 30, 2011 11:08 am
YUM! Send some my way.......Maui address :)
Jul. 30, 2011 11:19 am
Yummy!!! The most creative thing I do with leftovers is make Potato Cakes with leftover mashed potatoes and that's not creative at all!!
Jul. 30, 2011 11:26 am
Yum! Cookies don't last long around here, but that looks delish! I'm having trouble with "creative" use of leftovers. We somehow manage to eat it all up, one way or another. I might be feeling the "blogging itch" :)
Jul. 30, 2011 11:27 am
Looks good, bd.weld! Wish I could just take you sample, mauigirl! And, Trishie - I love potato cakes!
Jul. 30, 2011 11:27 am
Go for it, LadySparkle!
Jul. 30, 2011 11:35 am
I am impressed! You sure got those creative juices going and in a good way! As in Kelly's Heros Oddball would say "Stop with them negative waves" send the positive ones to me so that I can be creative too!
Jul. 30, 2011 11:38 am
Come on over. My bro leaves Tuesday and we have a spare bedroom.
Jul. 30, 2011 11:55 am
great idea, swchef. I am not that creative-pretty basic but left over mashed taters, veggies and meat = sheppard's pie, stew or soups. Often meat gets turned into stir frys, and since I started cooking with more soft tacos I have turned many left over meats into some type of quesadilla or taco with a few beans. Never have enough left over desserts but some cookies have been turned into ice cream sandwhiches, stale cake (once that I remember) was turned into trifle. I usually need to make a cake a stash it away if I want trifle in the future. buns/bread on it's last legs becomes croutons and bread crumbs. Fruit that is nearly past prime gets cooked up and served over pancakes, waffles, or crepes. Left over potatoes also makes easy, fast potato salad. Past dated sour cream and salad dressings are great additions to white pasta sauces. Older eggs get used in baking. Salsa that sits in the fridge too long gets heated up and served over pasta with some parm cheese. Stale crackers get crushed and used to bread fish or chicken. Nothing exciting, all pretty basic.
Jul. 30, 2011 12:05 pm
Creative???? More like bored! Okay, mauigirl, I'll be on the next plane! Lots of good ideas, rng! I love homemade croutons.
Jul. 30, 2011 12:41 pm
no no no, sorry Maui-if you are bored come visit me swchef. I could put you to work quickly:) Maui if you return I have a question about your newest published recipe BN has a thread congratulating you-recipe sounds great, I love pastas
Jul. 30, 2011 1:35 pm
I'd love to visit with both of you -your places OR mine. Dog fish and I are thinking about a get-together next year as we each celebrate 30 years of wedded bliss (not wedded together, of course!).
Jul. 30, 2011 6:27 pm
I think this sounds like a great idea ~ I will definately keep this mind next time I have a few lone cookies hanging around! Thanks for sharing this idea!
Jul. 30, 2011 8:17 pm
YUM!!! Great job SW! Miss ya! :)
Jul. 31, 2011 8:29 am
Great idea.
Jul. 31, 2011 11:40 am
I am working on a tiny studio condo with Sparky. We are stepping all over each other. If we don't kill each other, we will celebrate our 41st wedding anniv. in Dec. Things have been tense though...... LOL
Jul. 31, 2011 1:23 pm
You are creative! I'm not that creative. Though, we had leftover stuffed pork chops with gouda cheese and I cut it all up and made it into a casserole and topped it with more cheese, bacon and parsley. It was good. Usually leftovers just get re-heated as is and we eat them again just the same.
Aug. 1, 2011 6:34 am
Let's see...usually the leftovers just get eaten or I throw them in the freezer to try again another day. I did make a deconstructed lasagna that was 'most excellent'. I had browned burger with onions and didn't know what to do with it. Found jar of Ragu I confiscated from my Moms, added that, jar of Prego(my fav), some turkey smoked sausage, and a container of frozen cabbage roll juice/meat/cabbage mix. No rolls left by then, so I stuck it in the freezer. I broke up the lasagna noodles, boiled and added those, added some leftover bits of bagged cheese, mixed it all together and baked. Ended up with 2 big pans. One went in the freezer, when I thawed it, it got another jar of Prego added and I took it as part of the food for a wake. It was a big hit!
Aug. 1, 2011 6:37 am
I save all my bits of bread, rolls, buns in the freezer and then turn them into homemade stuffing mix. Does that count? It will be 34 years for hubby and I next month. Although not all of it has been bliss, it has been wonderful!
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