You wouldn't flush your hard-earned money down the drain, so why let last night's leftovers go to waste? Our collection of ideas and recipes will help you creatively -- and deliciously -- reinvent your food.
When there's just a tiny bit of mustard left in the jar, don't throw it out. Instead, toss in a few ingredients, and shake a tangy Dijon vinaigrette right in the container.
Next time you bake a cake, don't toss the trimmings into the trash without a second thought. Instead, keep them to use as building blocks for another dessert. We saved chocolate cake scraps and layered them with whipped cream and fresh raspberries for a quick and easy trifle. Freeze cake morsels in an airtight container for up to one month.
Don't let an abundance of herbs go to waste. Pluck several types of sprigs -- we chose basil, mint, and thyme -- and use them to flavor a basic sugar syrup. Mix the concoction with ice and sparkling water, then garnish the drinks with additional sprigs. You can also freeze the infused syrup in ice cube trays and enjoy it for up to a month.
Don't pour leftover wine from your dinner party down the drain! Instead, pour the remainder into a resealable bag and freeze it. Next time you need to deglaze a pan after frying or sauteeing meat, just add a 1/2 cup of your reserved wine and a bit of butter.
Create a delicious spread with any combo of hard cheeses (for tang) and soft cheeses (for texture) lying around in your fridge. We mixed 1 ounce each of manchego, Parmesan, and Roquefort (use at room temperature, and cut hard kinds into small pieces), 3 ounces goat cheese, 2 tablespoons heavy cream, and 1 teaspoon grappa (optional), and pulsed the mixture in a food processor for about 15 seconds, until combined but chunky.
The next time you have leftover bread from a meal, make homemade breadcrumbs -- you'll save a few dollars without skimping on flavor. Tossed with lemon zest, herbs, and Parmesan cheese, these fresh breadcrumbs are perfect for coating chicken, pork, or turkey cutlets, or as a pasta topping.
After using fresh herbs, save and freeze stems in a resealable bag. Before you zest a lemon, peel off a few strips and freeze them as well. If a recipe calls for ginger, save some of that peel, too. Throw all of these leftover ingredients in a pot of boiling water, and voila -- you've created a flavorful broth in which to poach fish.
Get inspired by ultra-organized spaces and beautifully-designed rooms.Take the Tour