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I made up that name. Pretty good, eh? I made up the casserole, too, although there’s nothing original about it. Leftover, basically, but Three Sisters Casserole sounds like I knew what I was doing. We had it for supper last night, along with green beans cooked with potatoes and sliced tomatoes (all from the garden, which is almost over, boo-hoo for me).


  • “Italian” flavor bread crumbs
  • yellow squash, raw, thinly sliced
  • Swiss cheese
  • succotash (corn and lima beans), already cooked
  • butter

Heavily butter a casserole dish. Sprinkle a thin layer of bread crumbs. Lay down a single layer of squash slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bread crumbs. Cover with a layer of Swiss cheese. Put down a layer of corn and lima beans, salt & pepper, bread crumbs, cheese. Repeat layers until dish is full or you run out of ingredients. Cover and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes. Uncover and broil until top layer of cheese is as brown & bubbly as you like it.


MAN, this was a good casserole! Made me sorry it was made out of the tag ends of things, because we only had enough for one meal. I’m definitely going to make that again.


writing prompt: If you have a file where you keep characters, settings, plot ideas, bits of dialog and so on that you haven’t found a place for, pick out three or four and make up a story line that includes them all. If you don’t have such a file, START ONE, then grab a dictionary, turn to random pages and touch random words and write something using those.

Yesterday was grocery day, which means it was also clean-out-the-refrigerator day. Lots of leftovers got the heave-ho. As always, I began by separating stuff by usability. Triage can be so heartbreaking.

If it jumps out and tries to mug me when I open the container, it goes into the compost bucket.

If it’s passive-aggressive, the dog gets it for dinner.

If it’s almost as good as new, it gets served again as a side dish.

If there isn’t enough of it for a side dish, it gets combined with something else as a creative side dish.

If there isn’t much of a lot of stuff, it gets made into a soup, stew, casserole, salad or stir-fry.

Last night, it was stir-fry. I also had some fresh asparagus and green onions from our and a friend’s garden, and some pre-cooked cocktail shrimp from the grocery.

I put the asparagus in salted water and brought it to a boil, covered and turned off the heat. I don’t do that tie-the-stalks-together-and-stand-them-upright-so-they-cook-evenly stuff. Break ’em up, put ’em in a pot, cook ’em till they’re soft.

The last of the bok choy, little sweet peppers, mushrooms, corn cut from the cob, teeny shrimp, green onions, cooked in olive oil, sesame oil and garlic. When almost done, added soy sauce and covered and steamed. I wished I had some cashews, but I didn’t. Wished I had some leftover rice, but that went to the dog. Boo-hoo for me.

Dished out some asparagus and put the stir-fry on top.



writing prompt: What do your characters do with leftovers?

‘Member how I told you to save your leftover kale and the water it was cooked in? ‘Member? ‘Cause I made soup with mine. I used:

  • leftover kale and the water it was cooked in
  • leftover black-eyed peas and the water it was cooked in
  • leftover corn and the etc.
  • frozen lima beans
  • leftover smoked pork roast
  • ham boullion

Put them all together, they spell souuuuup.


Writing prompt: What’s in YOUR main character’s refrigerator?

We had the Best. Supper. Evar! last night.

  • Smoked pork loin
  • Potato pancakes
  • Pear salad

I used my stove top smoker, with cherry and oak woods. Sprinkled the loin pieces with salt and pepper, put a rosemary branch between them and drizzled them with garlic-infused olive oil.

There was still some mash left from lunch at the Irish Rover. Mash is lumpy mashed potatoes cooked with green onions (scallions, spring onions). I added salt, pepper, and a little flour and put scant 1/4 cups of the mix into melted butter and fried until browned on both sides.

This is weird, because I didn’t have any blue cheese or Gorgonzola or goat cheese. The dressing is weird because I totally made it up, but it was all good together:

MomGoth’s Weird Pear Salad and Weirder Dressing

  • fresh pears
  • walnuts (English, not Black Walnuts)
  • chunk of Parmesan cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • orange juice
  • pepper

Peel and core the pears and cut into large dice. Break up the walnuts–not ground, just chopped . Cut a slice of the Parmesan into small dice. Don’t grate it–the pieces should be just big enough that you can taste it when you bite it but not so large that it’s overwhelming. Thin the mayonnaise with enough orange juice to make it creamy/runny. Orange marmalade would work, too, but it would be different. Grate some pepper in and mix it all together and mix it in with the salad. Mmmmm!


Writing prompt: I know people who WILL NOT eat leftovers. Write a character who won’t. Make him/her do it.


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