Cupboards are bare and the fridge is not much better…what to do!

December 12, 2007 at 12:31 am 2 comments

How the heck can two grown folks end up with a bare pantry and virtually nothing but leftovers in the fridge? It’s called money is tight and we didn’t want to waste the gas going to town for just grocery shopping.. We had stuff to do on the farm today so “we” decided that “I” could create a miracle out of virtually nothing. That is yet to be determined seen as how it is in the oven right now.

Want to know what I think is going to be a great meal? Okay, here goes…

Take 3 slices of bacon (how do you end up with only three slices?) and cut into small pieces, fry it up. Next you add the half of a green pepper (diced) and the half of an onion (diced) that just happened to be in the fridge, to the bacon in the pan. Okay, now it’s time to check the pantry and you amazingly discover a little bit of plain old white rice in a bag with a twist tie! Yippee!!!! Add that to the stuff already in the frying pan and toss it around until it looks like you might be on the verge of browning it. Now is the time to find out if that head of cabbage that you planned on using two weeks ago is still edible. Yup, it is so go ahead and throw out the icky leaves and then slice the good stuff…give it a good wash and set it aside to drain. We’ve usually got some good old bacon drippin’s in the fridge so I threw a blob of it into a Corning Ware casserole dish and nuked it just enough to melt it so I could spread it around. I then dumped about half of the cabbage into it and then spread the bacon stuff in the skillet on top. Somehow it just doesn’t look like enough so I head to the fridge for one last hunt. Holy mackerel…how did I miss the “we’ve already eaten three meals” leftover meatloaf? That’s the perfect solution to making my creation wonderful!!! I cut it up into pieces…well, I really just crumbled it and then spread it over the bacon skillet stuff. Top it off with the rest of the sliced cabbage and start to wonder what the heck is going to be the “liquid” in this masterpiece. Head back towards the pantry and discover that you have absolutely no tomato anything. Try looking in the freezer to see if maybe you might have missed a bag of frozen tomatoes that hopefully you didn’t use the last time you made that wonderful spaghetti sauce…no such luck. 😦 Okay, make that brain work for a minute. I got it…ketchup!!! I took some ketchup and mixed it with some water, worcestershire sauce and a really good pinch of Rub’n Season Herb’n All. Pour that over the gunk in the casserole dish and bake in a 350 oven until bubbly.

So, do you think it was a keeper or a “wow, thanks for the food” that comes with a slightly strained  smile, meal? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s thoughts and I’ll let you know. 🙂


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It’s a working Sunday! We survived the casserole!

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Elaine  |  December 12, 2007 at 2:55 am

    I love your throw together meals, Karin. You are so amazing to have that ability!

  • 2. C.R.  |  December 12, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    That is great success!
    I tried to throw together stuff and couldn’t stand to have the stuff on my tongue! I was scraping it off then had to brush my teeth! Cereal for that night!


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