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Leftover Makeovers

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New Year’s and Christmas have left many of us with a plethora of leftovers. Also, some of us were fortunate enough to celebrate with our families and of course after our family celebrations, there are lots of food and beverage leftovers.

For example, do you have any leftover eggnog just sitting in the refrigerator? You can use it to make yummy eggnog waffles or pancakes. Just substitute the eggnog for milk in the recipe that you use.

Also, leftover candy canes are always around after the holidays. Simply place a piece of leftover candy cane in your favorite hot beverage. It will add delicious flavor to your tea, cappuccino, latte or hot cocoa.

Do you have odds and ends of food ingredients and don’t know what type of meal to concoct?

Try www.supercook.com. Supercook.com is so easy to use. Just enter an ingredient currently in your kitchen or refrigerator, and this website will show recipes that use this ingredient. It also shows what other ingredients you need to complete the recipe. This is a great website that will help you use up perishable food and use ingredients you have on hand.

Below are some easy recipes for leftover wine, hamburger buns and chicken or turkey.

Orange Lentil Stew
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces Spanish chorizo sausage, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 1/4 cups brown lentils, washed and drained
1 cup dry red wine, such as Pinot Noir
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
5 small oranges
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup chopped fresh dill

• Heat the oil in a large, deep sauté pan over medium heat. Add the chorizo and cook for 5 minutes or until just browned on both sides. Remove from pan; set aside.
• Sauté the onion over medium heat for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the lentils and cook over high heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the wine and simmer until almost evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add the broth.

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