Cooking With Leftovers

When you refuse to waste food, sometimes the food you make gets really weird...

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Smoked Salmon Dip

When you work in non-profits, sometimes you have events and then lots of catering leftovers. And sometimes, if you get lucky, those leftovers are piles of smoked salmon.


  • 1 big pile of smoked salmon, about 1 cup
  • 8 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1 handful of Roma tomatoes, about 1/2 cup chopped
  • 1 squeeze of lemon
  • 1 tiny garlic clove, chopped

Cut up the salmon into little little pieces. Mix it all together and eat it with those strange little triangle toasts that you also got from the caterer.

Hopefully they are Pumpernickel.

So many good ideas here at Food52…

Freezer Chili

Well, this one is really made up of everything in the freezer. Once everything starts to get freezer burn, make chili. You could use other beans or canned tomatoes, this is just what we had…

It works.

Next time I would make this a bit spicy!

The Recipe

Rosemary Biscuit Men

You can’t see the pimento cheese on my biscuit man, but it was delicious. DELICIOUS. Even with all the leftover rosemary.

The Recipe

Hot Dog Salad

This really happened to me. I waited 20 minutes for nachos at the ball game late last week so they gave me a free hot dog. Randomly. And without explanation.

Anyway, we didn’t eat it and a few days later- well, you know… salad.

The Recipe

I hope you are at least composting.. Don’t waste them!

Radish Fried Rice

It seems like a strange combination, but radishes sauteed up with soy sauce and leftover rice is great. Add basil!

The Recipe



October is Vegetarian Awareness Month! Click here for vegetarian friendly recipes!

Today, October 1st, is also World Vegetarian Day :)

This is pretty..

Rosemary Chicken Skewers

We are still eating through the MasterChef Mystery Boxes.. This week- leftover rosemary. And it just so happens that rosemary sprigs make great skewers.

Now, add chicken and apple to the mix, and a little yogurt marinade, and you have a party.

The Recipe

@npr Did you see this? Shame on us..

Banana Pancakes with Yogurt Sauce

Do not be fooled.

These are not really pancakes, but leftover banana flavored egg patties in disguise. They won’t taste like you are used to, but they sure are strangely delicious…

Just trust me…

The Recipe

Thumb Bits

When I was a kid, we would go to Pebbles Restaurant and order thumb bits- delicious garlic beef medallions on melba toasts with a pickle on top.

Pebbles went under, but you can get the recipe.. Or you can use what you have- we did a variation with ground meat (@MasterChefonFOX Mystery Box leftover), lemongrass, hot dog buns, and fresh Romas.

As always, just don’t omit the pickle…

Then read a little about thumb bit history. "A ‘thumb-bit’ is a piece of meat eaten on bread, and is so called for the obvious reason that the thumb is used to secure the meat in place." Brilliant.

The Recipe

What a nice recycleable universe cooking is..
Susan talking chicken stock at CulinAerie

Coffee Onion Soup

You know you have just one or two cups of coffee leftover every morning that you just dump down the sink the next day. Use it! We save ours in a pickle jar..

The coffee can be very very bitter so you have to sweeten it up with onions and sugar. Inspired by this French Onion Soup with Coffee, which uses apple juice- I just didn’t have any. But it’s a good idea…