“I need more frugality.  I wonder where I can buy some.”  Jerod Kintz

Lately my fridge has been inundated with leftovers.  My freezer is also a bit full.  I did began the process of elimination by combining leftover soups together, no matter what the flavor, and serving the unnamed results to my husband with a grilled cheese on the side.  It works.

But my husband isn’t always in the mood for soup, especially five days in a row.  It was then, in another flash of brilliance (my interpretation) that I remembered a woman who told about her mother’s creation of a Collection Casserole.  Her mom collected leftovers in a covered casserole dish in the freezer.  When there was an amount sufficient for a family meal, she’d cover the collection with grated cheese and bake it.  It was generally a Saturday meal and, as she told us, it was always delicious. Kind of like the Stone Soup of casseroles.



As I thought on this brilliance, something began to dawn on me.  This Collection Casserole sprang from a day when people actually cooked.  It was also I time, I believe, when people ate a few more veggies.  Those can be, my opinion, really delicious in a casserole. Leftover pizza with french fries, buffalo chicken wings and a taco or two seemed a bit of a stretch when envisioning a casserole.

But people give excuses reasons for not cooking.  The most common run along the lines of too tired and not enough time.  And let’s face it, convenience food is, well, so convenient.

I think I need to have a good talk with myself.  Thousands of recipes at my fingertips and frozen pizza for dinner.  What’s wrong with this picture?

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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