Leftovers. We all have them. If you’re like me, “leftovers” as the response to the “what’s for dinner” question evokes a visceral response rooted in long suppressed childhood memories of 3 consecutive days of meatloaf.
But leftovers can also inspire creativity. They can call us to soar above simply putting the same meal in the microwave and eating it again (and again…). To encourage food bloggers around the world to unite, and reclaim leftovers as something not to be feared but embraced, I’m pleased to announce a new foodblogging event, LEFTOVER TUESDSAYS.
How it works: I’ll host the first one on Tuesday, January 23. Assuming we get folks to participate and have fun, I’ll tag someone to host the February event (4th Tuesday again). I’ll set out some basic rules for this first one, and then let the creativity of subsequent hosts help this event evolve.
The basic idea is 1) to have a leftover item on hand as a result of your cooking (or other dining) between Wednesday Jan. 17 and Monday, January 22; 2) make something new with those leftover items and blog about this new creation by Tuesday, Jan. 23. I will post a round-up by the end of the week. We’ll do some voting and announce and award or two.
I can see a number of themes emerging, such as “best creation with a hard to use leftover” and “most likely to make us love leftovers”. Let’s have fun with this!
To Enter: Post your blog by midnight EST on 1/22/07 and send me an email to cookingchat at hotmail.com with the subject “leftover Tuesdays”. Please include the following information:
Your name and location
Your blog name and url
Url for your Leftover Tuesdays entry
Why Tuesdays? You might recall the Seinfeld episode when they debated about whether or not Tuesdays had a “feel”. I have to say my Tuesday cooking often feels uninspired; and I’m inclined to still be recycling leftovers from Sunday. Let’s turn this nondescript nature of Tuesdays into something to celebrate!
Etc. To get warmed up for the first Leftover Tuesday and stimulate your thinking, I’ll be doing a number of Leftover Makeover posts in the coming weeks. So check back soon!
For the record, I don’t know that I was ever served meatloaf 3 days in a row as a child. Please grant me a little creative license to make my point; and don’t tell my mother I was complaining about her meatloaf.