Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Group Cooking & Being Resourceful in the Kitchen

This past weekend I was on a ski trip with a group of 13 friends. We went to Steamboat, Colorado. Steamboat ain't cheap. Between the $95/day lift tickets, $370 condo, flight and shuttle... I quickly realized that I wasn't going to be going out for nice meals. Fortunately my friends were on the same page. So what did we do...we went grocery shopping and made 10/11 meals in the kitchen, spending $54 per person for the whole trip, and that includes alcohol and lots of yummy snacks!

I always look forward to a good chili bread bowl on the mountain, but I decided to skip out on this annual indulgence and opt for carrying lunch with me everyday. Well it was really my awesome friend Michelle who carried our lunch in her backpack! So what if my turkey sandwich looked like it was runover by a was still tasty!

Our friends who went grocery shopping did a great job with quantity. It's hard to guesstimate who much food you'll need for 14 people ovef 4 days. Monday morning came...our last morning in Steamboat. I was planning on having oatmeal until I opened the fridge and cupboard to find a bunch of random leftover items. These leftovers included:
  • cooked pasta 
  • leftover chili - a lot of it!
  • spinach
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • garlic
  • eggs
  • apples
  • brown and white sugar
  • olive oil
  • tomatoes
  • tortilla chips
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • and graham crackers
There was no way that I was going to let all of this food go to waste. So before most people woke up a few of us decided to try to pull together an elaborate meal using all of the leftover ingredients. Here's what we came up with:

Yummy Frittata

First we laid about 1/2" of leftover pasta on the bottom of a casserole. Next we beat  6 eggs and poured them over the pasta.  Then came some salt and garlic. We sprinkled cheese and then boiled down a large container of spinach in a separate pot and then poured it over the cheese. Another sprinkled layer of cheese. We then cooked the Frittata in the over for 45 minutes on 375, but after 40 mins we placed 2 chopped up tomatoes on the top layer, covered by another layer of cheese. Once the Frittata was done cooking, we served it with guacamole and salsa on the side.

Breakfast Graham Carmel Apple Pie-less Dessert

Who says you can't have dessert for breakfast?
Of course you can! Here's how: Slice up 4 apples- any kind that you have laying around. Place them in a frying pan and cook for 5 minutes. Next, pour 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 of white sugar over top. Let the sugars melt and stir everything together. The sugar will turn into a carmel. Cover the pan and let it sit until the apples are soft. YOU MUST TASTE THE APPLES TO see if they are ready...careful, they are hot! Once they are cooked, pour the mix into a caserole lined with 8-10 mashed up graham crackers. Then pour 8-10 more mashed up graham crackers over the apples. In order to keep the top layer of graham crackers in place, make some more carmel: 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 of white sugar and 1/4 cup of milk in a pan= stir until carmel yumminess. Pour the carmel over the top graham layer and place in fridge for 20-30 mins until carmel is solidified.

Bon apatite! Enjoy your leftover yumminess for breakfast anf feel good about being a resourceful frugalista!

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