Thursday, January 7, 2021

Serve with a Flourish

 


Tonight!  For your dining pleasure, dear insert family member’s name here , I will be serving a one-of-a-kind cassoulet .  Its contents? 

Heck if I know.

No, I do know.  The contents are from the pantry of “What do we have here?” and the larder of “What is its expiration date?”

I returned from a visit to my sister last Thursday.  It usually takes my body and brain about a week to connect.  Consequently, options were few when it came to tonight’s supper.

I found some cooked brown rice in the refrigerator.  It smelled fairly normal.  There was also a jar of spaghetti sauce, almost a half jar.  I had trouble opening it, but there was no green or black in the sauce. 

Then the carton of cottage cheese sneaked out from the back.  Its expiration date was November 3rd , but it didn't have that sour nasty odor, and it was still white.

Scrounging a bit more in the dry pantry, I discovered a can of albacore tuna and some sliced green beans, along with diced tomatoes. This had a date on it, but it was smeared but the expiration numbers looked okay

Tah-dah!  Drain the tomatoes, tuna, and green beans.  Mix it all together.  Add some Parmesan cheese, lots of it.  Bake until bubbling.  Stir it up really well.  Top with non-moldy cheese.  Let brown a bit. 

Serve with a flourish and great style.  They will never know.   
 
Voila! =(Vwah-lah)

This is a post from November 2011. It is true.

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31 comments:

  1. HAHAHAHA Sounds good to me. Thanks for smiles to start the day after the mess I was served on the internet last night from DC.

    Love you lady,
    Good stuff
    Sherry & jack

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  2. I'm sorry but that sounds awful. Was it good to you all? Hmmm...but I needed the diversion from living in the district right now. Even tuna and tomatoes is better than being here....well almost, let's not get crazy.

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    1. Keep it a chance? Making spaghetti sauce and add Tuna?

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  3. I did something like that yesterday for dinner. I had Italian sausage, frozen pepper strips from last summers garden, rice and all kinds of cheese (nothing past date). I put these ingredients into the Internet and asked for recipes and I got 27. The one I picked turned out great although I added a few other ingredients. Tonight we have left overs. The Internet has some good uses.

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    1. Getting recipes is reviving my view of cooking.

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  4. Similar dishes are served here often. And no one has died (yet) and they continue to front up to my table.

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  5. It may be an old post but it sounds a lot like Covid cooking -- making do with what we have till groceries come again!

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    1. That's the way my ancestors lived, making do.

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  6. You can't hurt a casserole no matter what the ingredients are. As long as they aren't spoiled of course.

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    1. I was fortunate there. This could have gone really badly.

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  7. That's hysterical! I suppose enough cheese can make anything palatable.

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  8. Expiration dates are suggestions. If the food still looks good, it's fine.

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    1. On the other hand, it the can looks all bulging, then throw it outside like a grenada.

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  9. I loved this! Many times I've searched the larder for a meal! Now I usually make a menu so my shopping is done and I usually don't have to make another trip for a bit. One of my hubby's favorite meals is tuna casserole. I'm thinking he would like this one!

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  10. Canned beans and cottage cheese? I'll pass, thanks anyway.

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  11. I cook a lot. I am also big on mixing leftover things to create dishes. I think that the ability to do such things is a real cooking skill.

    Your casserole sounds good.

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    1. I was surprised that it was good. I won't make again though.

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  12. I decided when I began lockdown, I would eat all the food that was in my pantry. Seems like something I might have fixed, but I'd never add the albacore tuna to the rest of the ingredients. Still, it sounds MOSTLY good enough to eat.

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    1. My family hated when I put peas in the tuna pasta casserole.

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  13. My dear mum used to prepare meals like this, she called them 'Wait and See Pie' or 'Wait and see casserole'
    They were always tasty :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. My mom was much the same. She was an awesome cook.

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  14. Did anyone die? Only kidding. Sometimes these dishes become classics! Personally, I would have left the tuna out, but that's me. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  15. That's how i came up with "desperation dinner," and it was such a hit it became a staple!

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!