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A Renewable Feast

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Use Leftovers. World War II Posters (1942-45) from U.S. National Archives

You might find yourself this holiday season with extra food from gatherings with family and friends. You certainly do not want to let the food go to waste – so what do you do?  How about turning your leftover food into a new tasty meal?

Of course you can make classic soup and sandwiches from the leftover turkey, but what about getting more creative and making a Turkey Artichoke Dip or Turkey Caesar Salad? You can find recipes for imaginative leftover transformations from our guide: Leftovers: Being Festive and Frugal. This guide lists a selection of books such as The Turkey Trots Once More: 200 Ways to Recycle Holiday Leftovers, the Use-it-Up Cookbook: Creative Recipes for the Frugal Cook, and Leftovers Made Into Gourmet Meals that will help make use of the overflowing containers of Tupperware sitting in your refrigerator. And come to think of it, getting creative with these leftovers may also help you save a penny or two this holiday season.

We have many of these books out on display in the Science and Business Reading Room, so stop by and get inspired. 

Since we are on the subject of leftovers, you might want to watch our  Food Thrift: Scraps from the Past video which highlights the Library’s 19th- and 20th-Century culinary and household manual collections and how our ancestors economized in hard times by making good use of leftovers.

Once again, a BIG thank you to my brillant boyfriend who suggested the title “A Renewable Feast” for this blog post. 🙂

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