Lively Leftovers

Quick Cracker Cookies

“After frosting a cake, I use the extra icing to make saltine or graham cracker cookies,” writes Sandra Miller of Lexington, Kentucky. “Sometimes I frost the crackers and sprinkle with nuts,…

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Quick Fix for Leftover Pasta

“If we have leftover cooked pasta, I fry diced bacon, then add the pasta, stewed tomatoes, green onions and a mixture of shredded cheeses,” reports Rita H. of Calgary, Alberta. It’s delicious!”

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Quick Pie Crust

“I make quite a few pies,” says Paddy Schwemlein of Mendota, Illinois. “When I have dough left over that’s not enough to make another crust, I form it into a piece that will fit my food processor…

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Quick Toast Cups

When I want to use the remainder of a loaf of bread before it gets stale, I make toast cups. I melt butter and brush it inside miniature muffin cups. I use a biscuit cutter to cut bread slices…

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Ramen Noodle Rice

If you ever use ramen noodles for recipes, you probably have one or two of those extra seasoning packets leftover. To use one up, I make this simple rice dish. I heat 1 tablespoon of oil or butter…

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Ramen Stir-Fry

“Next time you make a stir-fry, use pan-fried ramen noodles instead of rice,” recommends Kathy Kurtz of Glendora, California. “Boil two to three packages of noodles for 3 minutes; drain and stir…

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Rapid Refried Beans

That pot of baked beans left over from last night’s get-together can make a great change-of-pace side dish today. I use my potato masher to mash the beans and then I fry them in bacon drippings.…

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Raspberry Juice Drink

When a recipe calls for frozen raspberries to be drained, I always save the juice. It makes a wonderfully refreshing drink when mixed with a quart of orange juice! —Lillian Kayte,…

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Rice Lunch Rerun

"My grandmother warmed up leftover rice and served a cheese sauce ladled over the top for an easy and satisfying lunch," recalls Kathy Tanaka of Torrance, California.

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Rice Renewal

"In a skillet, I brown some bulk sausage before stirring in leftover cooked rice. Then I scramble a few eggs into the mixture," notes Kay Myers of Lawton, Oklahoma. "I stir in chopped green onion,…

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