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Mar 8, 2013 05:12 AM

Brown sugar challah - how weird do you get using stuff up before Pesach?

Out of honey, used brown sugar in the challah. Different, but good. And one less box to pack away.

I more or less stop restocking the pantry about when Adar come in, planning menus and adjusting recipes to use up what I have.

I'm curious to hear what weird menus/dishes the rest of you have produced in order to use something up or avoid buying a whole fresh jar of something.

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  1. You read my mind!

    Finished up the last of a bag of frozen Costco string beans for dinner tonight. Simply roasted with shallots and grape tomatoes.

    Also on the menu for tonight- "ritz" cracker stuffing, turkey drumsticks. Freezer and pantry have been friendly to me :)

    Oh, and having a BBQ Sunday. Planning to use up my quinoa, beans, lentils, frozen fries, onion rings, tater tots, and rice. And a Costco bag of broccoli....

    I only wish I saw your post earlier! Have half a bag of flour and a container of brown sugar...wanted to make challah...but didn't have a recipe without honey!

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      A woman after my own heart. On Purim I thawed puff pastry and made it into hamentashen, er, poppy seed triangle pastries.

      There will be a dinner involving motley shaped pasta from half a dozen almost-empty boxes and everything-in-the-fridge-or-freezer-that-can-go-into a red sauce before we get to bedikat chometz.

      1. re: AdinaA

        We're going to do the pasta meal as well. It'll involve broken lasagna noodles, linguine, homemade frozen meatballs and whatever jars of sauce are in the fridge.

        Oh.. Tonight we are also having crock pot french onion soup. Used up the dregs of soy sauce, balsamic, onion soup mix, brown sugar. And half a dozen onions stating to sprout.

    2. In the past few days, I have had hummus and red miso-stuffed omelets, green beans with peanut sauce, and cornbread laced with chopped pickled onions. These are not foods that I will be craving but just a way of using up what is on hand.