Devin likes a mostly empty fridge. He's a minimalist. I suppose I have adopted some of that attitude, and I also feel a certain amount of pleasure in using up leftovers and seeing the shelf space open up. Devin gets stressed when the fridge is full, because too many leftovers mean that that something might not get eaten, which means that something might get... thrown away. And that's wasteful. My mom gets stressed out when she comes to visit wondering what she is going to eat. A mostly empty fridge does take some getting used to, but once you become a believer there's no going back.
Thanksgiving was a while ago. We all enjoyed delicious feasts of turkey and pumpkin pie, and in our household every scrap of leftover food was eaten. Except for some pumpkin pie filling that had to be baked in a ramekin, some frosting, some Redi-whip, and some of my sweet potato topping. These random items sat in the fridge, day by day, as Thanksgiving moved ever farther on our calendars and in our memories.
Today was fast Sunday. For various reasons it was my first time fasting in a year and seven months. I was not used to going hungry, to say the least. After church I told Devin that I had to bake something in the kitchen or I was going to go crazy and start gnawing on the kitchen chairs.
It was a perfect storm. There were random ingredients in the fridge that were crying out to be used somehow, and there was my need to be in the kitchen making food, the surest way of distracting yourself from how hungry you are. So, in the bowl went some shortening. Then some sugar. Then you know it - we tossed that pumpkin pie, the frosting, the sweet potato topping, added the Redi-whip for good measure, and let the mixer fly! We added one egg, and off she went again, whirling and twirling. We poured in a little vanilla extract, just because I love it so, and some baking soda. Whirl! Twirl! Stop! We looked it over carefully, and added four dumps of flour. Actually, Hallie helped with that part. Then cautiously we stirred some more... it still looked wet and so Hallie dumped in two more small helpings of flour. Mixing again, and it's time to preheat the oven! 375 degrees, and get that dough on the cookie sheet! Hallie helped with this too.
Bake, and just when I am at my breaking point and hungrily eying the kitchen chair it is time to eat! Ah, delicious Thanksgiving Leftover cookies. (I also had leftover turkey soup, and cornbread, Mom.)
Would you like the recipe?
Leftover Thanksgiving Cookies
pumpkin pie (without crust)
sweet potato topping
6 dumpings of flour
Oven: 375. Bake eight to ten minutes. Delicious!
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