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Creative use of leftovers

Bill Daley | Sep 2, 200404:05 PM

I'm chewing on a possible story idea about leftovers. Not just what to do with, say, the extra piece of pork tenderloin or the 7 stalks of celery, but how to approach leftovers, how to creatively use leftovers to make interesting, tasty and reasonably healthy meals. (I, for one, think everything tastes better when frittered)
I'm looking to talk/write/communicate with home cooks, preferably in the Chicago area, on how skillful they are with leftovers. (Those who fail miserably are invited to tell me their tales of woe). Where do you turn for inspiration when confronting leftover meat or leftover vegetables? Do you find yourself going the healthy route or the indulgent one? (ie fritters, batters, blankets of cheese and cream)What do you think it takes to successfully transform leftovers into something decent?
Please let me here from you, even if it is just to suggest I call someone you know.
Bill Daley
Chicago Tribune

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