Why Do People Hate Leftovers?

I had some white wine left over from the night the world was supposed to end, and since the world didn’t end, I had to figure out something to do with it.

This is how I wound up making wine braised potatoes with bacon.

I don’t know how I’ve managed to live this long without regularly eating wine braised potatoes with bacon, other than I so seldom have any leftover wine in the house.

Anyway, I only used a couple strips out of the pound of bacon I had for the recipe, so then I had bacon I had to use. I used some to make bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches, of course. Then one afternoon Tammy was over around lunchtime, so I used a few strips as extra-fun flavor to start a quick tomato sauce to have with some pasta, which turned out really well.

I also had leftover buttermilk from a cake I baked on Christmas and leftover bread cubes from the rye boat I made for New Year’s, so that next night, I used the buttermilk to make homemade ranch dressing (which, once you make it yourself, will make you shun all manufactured ranch dressings for the rest of your life), and I made croutons out of the bread cubes (why anyone eats croutons that have not cMe and My Good Friend, Sugarome out of a pan right in front of them is beyond me). Then I made a salad so I’d have something to put the croutons and ranch dressing on, but also while I was putting together the salad, I kept taking breaks to eat fresh croutons dipped in the dressing, which is evil and delicious.

I repeated this croutons-and-ranch-dressing thing almost every night for the rest of the week.

I still had some leftover buttermilk and cream, which I used to make clotted cream and lemon scones, which became part of the three-hour long breakfast Tammy, Tracy, and I had after our Saturday night of staying up too late doing Tarot card readings and talking, talking, talking.

And that’s really the best way to use leftovers.


  1. Posted January 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Recipe for wine-braised potatoes with bacon? Pretty please??

    I live in a very pro-leftovers house, so I enjoyed reading about your leftover ingredient odyssey. Now I want croutons, though…

  2. adrienne
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    I wish I had more croutons, but I ran out of bread cubes. Drats!

    The recipe for the potatoes. Chop up a few strips of bacon and cook the pieces in a sizable pot. Once the bacon’s cooked, add about 2 lbs. of waxy potatoes, peeled and either halved or quartered. Stir the potatoes occasionally, letting them brown up some. When they’re browned, add 1 c. wine and 1 c. water or stock. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat so the liquid is bubbling. Stir occasionally. The business is all done when the potatoes are cooked.

    You should add some salt and pepper in there. I put salt in with the wine/water, and I put pepper on at the end.


  3. Posted January 6, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Leftovers are great when they are tasty, or can be made into other yummy things. I am guessing that people who are friends with you and have eaten your food do not hate leftovers. How could they? I’m glad to know a good use for white wine, as we always have leftover white wine when someone brings it to our house.

    Oh, I have a new ice-cream recipe book that has a buttermilk ice-cream concoction. I will let you know if it is worth sharing.

  4. adrienne
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    It’s true that I’ve been feeding all these things I’ve been making with leftovers to friends, and they haven’t complained.

    Buttermilk is one of those things I used to not understand that I now love. The dairy where I get my milk makes the best buttermilk, too, that’s so good you just can’t even cope with anything else after you’ve had it.

  5. Heidi
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    You have leftover gourmet ingredients. You do not have leftovers :-) I’ll bet that tastes a lot like German potato salad…or? And I am so, so jealous of staying up late talking with Tracy and Tammy!

  6. Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Man, even the first dishes sound awesome, not to mention the leftovers.

    I had never even thought of making ranch dressing; the only salad dressing I make is oil-mustard-vinegar based. Hm.

  7. adrienne
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Heidi, It does! And I wish you had been there!

    Tanita, The ranch dressing is kind of calorific, but it’s a delicious treat from time-to-time.

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