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Feb 25, 2012 03:38 PM

The Leftovers That Didn't Make It

Firsthand, I shouldn't have left a fork in it. I was cooling the best 1/2 wokful of leftover red pork/chicken/bacon/egg/veggie/peanut & green onion-garnished fried rice that I've EVER made. I mean, this rice was GOOD. Outstanding, even. A little bit gingery, a little bit garlicky, a nice whisper of soy and fish sauce, and all those wonderful veg. were cooked just right. Yay me!!
So. Lottalotta leftovers. I'm not a huge fan of leftovers, but fried rice doesn't even count. I love the stuff. Breakfast, with a fried egg on top. Lunch, as-is. Dinner, with a vat of wonton soup. Yeah, baby. But I digress. I used a fork to transfer it to another container to cool, and did a really, really stupid thing, like I said. I Left The Fork In It. I shoulda known better.
So anyways, I'm drinking soda this afternoon, and I needed a refill. Into the kitchen go I, with intentions pure. And there it was. I swear it was goading me on, "eat me, Marci! I am delicious and nutritious and you won't regret it! I am suffering here on the counter and feeling unloved because nobody wants me!" What do you do? I'm not going to leave a container of fried rice feeling inadequate.
By the time I was done thinking that rationale, it was half gone. And when I looked up again?
I should have NEVER left a fork in it.
Folks? Are there leftovers that you'll snarf up in a heartbeat?

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  1. Pasta, baby. A nice meat sauce with a couple of pieces of broken meatballs. Bye, bye baby!

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    1. re: roxlet

      I seriously just laughed out loud. You Italian thing, you. (?)

      1. re: roxlet

        I have the munchies, so this is the worst torture in the world to be re-reading. What got me on this second (okaaaaaaaaaaaaay third) pass was your choice of "broken" for rhose meatballs. Much tastier than a sterile sliced meatball; all crunchy jaggedy edges so as to better mop up the gravy . Yeah, baby. They say god's in the details. I'm down for that!!

        1. re: roxlet

          I have eaten cold spaghetti and meatballs out of the fridge with my fIngers.

          I'm only slightly ashamed to admit it.

        2. Cold carnitas, preferably with cold refried beans. And lots of s-a-l-t.

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          1. re: buttertart

            I'd snarf that too. In a NY minute. :) Oooooh. That's worth going to taco truck and just buying carnitas to have cold, not even as a leftover.

          2. How long do you think chocolate cake gets to live in my kitchen? In addition to dumplings, meat loaf, corn on the cob, potato salad, any vegetable, cookies, chicken wings, pudding? Olives, cheese, cinnamon buns, meatballs, peanut brittle, popcorn, pork chops?

            Hehe, ah, gone.

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            1. re: bushwickgirl

              Oh, yeah. I'd love me a cinnamon bun right now!

              1. re: roxlet

                Sorry, love to share but all gone.

                1. re: roxlet

                  Yeah, that wouldn't last long in my house either!!

                2. re: bushwickgirl

                  Only that? Actually pork chops reminded me of steak, which rarely makes it thru the night if it's what was for dinner. Even if it was supposed to be part of breakfast. Shoot, there's always bacon!!

                  1. re: mamachef

                    Speaking of bacon, I have to hide it in the freezer. An open package is a et up package.

                    1. re: bushwickgirl

                      Oh, that's how it is here. no such thing as a bacon leftover.

                    2. re: mamachef

                      This is why, when cooking for myself, I will only make enough for one meal. The exceptions are pork chops and steak. I like bone-in cuts that are at least 1 1/2 inches thick, and that always means leftovers. Oh wait, no it doesn't!

                    3. re: bushwickgirl

                      Did you have to say corn on the cob? It's March for Pete's sake. (I'm having food spring fever now, thank you very much).

                    4. This thread reminds me of my grandmother's frequent excuse for snarfing - "Oh, I might as well - there's too much to throw away and there's not enough for tomorrow."
                      I just snarfed the remainder of a double batch of duck fat roasted brussels sprouts. I couldn't help myself.

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                      1. re: Veggo

                        Hee hee. I'm liking your grandmother a whole lot, Veggo. But whatever do you mean? You put something like that in your fridge, thinking it would last? Silly man. :)
                        I'm suprised they made it to the fridge.

                        1. re: Veggo

                          I am over the moon with your grandmother's attitude!

                        2. Macaroni and cheese, cold, 1 am, in front of the fridge, a fork and me, leaving none for the a.m. or anyone else, sound familiar?

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                          1. re: bushwickgirl

                            Oh the guilt!
                            Went camping and they made kraft dinner an were goin to pitch the leftovers. I put it all in a ziploc and ate it cOld with a fork out of the bag the next morning.

                            They were disgusted.

                            1. re: melpy

                              I find that hysterically funny and totally understandable and relatable. Kraft Dinner is the shizz, hot or cold. And Melpy? You were CAMPING. That's hard work, and you need sustenance and calories, sweetie.
                              At least that's what I would have told myself as I crouched behind a tree and gobbled it with my fingers, because I wouldn't have had the foresight you did to bring a fork. :)