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). (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/refrigerator-pie-recipe/index.html)
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?