Buried deep in the lore of male-female relations lies a legend, one that makes home chefs everywhere shudder in fear, shake their heads in disbelief and mutter inappropriately with great regularity.
Tis the legend of he who hates leftovers.
The first time I heard of such a creature, I felt that surely I was hearing a lie. Did this mythological creature really exist? A person who, when presented with a perfectly fine, albeit day old, hot meal merely says, “Nah.”
People, it’s time to stand up and convince your loved ones to embrace leftovers. They are the workhorse of the time-pressed home chef. After a long day at work or at home, sometimes there’s nothing better than a meal prepared the day (or two) before.
It’s a little known fact that some foods actually get better the older they get. Take last night’s Rotini with Almonds & Rosemary. Tonight, the rosemary flavor stood out, nearly rendering it a different dish altogether. And the chili I heated up for my husband which had languished for nearly a month in the depths of my freezer? Declared a success.
Don’t despair if your loved one refuses leftovers. Be clever. Heat it up and plunk down a fresh salad or steamed veggie on the side; a nice glass of wine never hurts, either. To fully convince him/her that this is indeed a new meal, you may have to linger longer in the kitchen, as if preparing a full meal from scratch. Use this time to read a magazine or get caught up on your favorite reality TV show. Your better half will never know….
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