Ghosts of Christmas Past

My kitchen is haunted with ghosts of Christmas past. On the counter are five kinds of cookies, candy canes, assorted chocolates, a third of a German stollen, half of a really good homemade rum cake, and most of a fruit basket. There are even more in the refrigerator: half a ham, three kinds of cheese, part of a vegetable tray, salami, and a bunch of goodies left from our New Year’s Eve antipasto platter. The holidays may be gone but their leftovers are not.

Normally, I do not have a problem dealing with leftovers – a large pot of soup is a good way to get rid of all kinds of things. I am the Queen of Srevotfel, as my husband would say. (That’s leftovers spelled backwards). But, an army couldn’t finish all of these. I made an Alton Brown style quiche for dinner with some of the ham, heavy cream, fresh mushrooms and cherry tomatoes from the veggie tray, shredded “English cheddar with caramelized onions,” and a bit of nutmeg (from whole nutmeg grated with my NEW Microplane ® grater – thank you Santa). (

I sealed up the rest of the ham and it’s bone separately and froze them for dinners future and the girls can have the fresh fruit, veggies and cheese and crackers in this week’s lunches (I always pack their lunches, as I think school lunches are overprocessed, overpriced, salty, fatty, non-nutritious trays of crap)

Now, I haven’t a clue what to do with all these cookies. Can I put them in a quiche?


  1. We had such a quiet New Year that I'm dealing with trying to put things together from my freezer. I have HUGE bag of oranges, 1/2 a cuke and some pop in the fridge. What can I do with *that*? lol. I would be more than happy to help with the cookies (not that I need them). Can you take them to work tomorrow?

  2. Tim is already taking a bunch of candy with him and I am the only one at work. I might try to freeze some of them. Never did that before, but I heard cookies freeze beautifully.