The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

November 28, 2012

Leftovers - When in doubt, throw it out

Table Talk

RICHMOND — Now that the holiday has past, most of us still have some of it lingering in our refrigerators. I wanted to talk to you for just a moment about the dangers of leftovers. Make sure that the leftovers you chill and store carefully are reheated to prevent food poisoning. Small portions such as vegetables, soups, sauces and casseroles do best heated in the microwave. Larger items such as meats and casseroles do best heated in an oven at 350 degrees. If you heat any item on the top of the stove, make sure that it reaches 160 degrees. I have experienced food poisoning twice in my lifetime. Chili was my enemy. The center of the chili was not cooled down properly. I recommend that you purchased a kitchen thermometer just to be on the safe side.

Speaking of leftovers, I will give you some that folks have passed on to me that really are sometimes better than the first time around.

Turkey Tetrazzini with Vegetables


1/2 of a box of uncooked pasta (use any type that your family enjoys. I like to use the noodle type)

1 small zucchini shredded (about a cup)

1/2 of a carrot, peeled and shredded (about 1/2 cup)

1 small onion chopped

1 can of cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup low fat milk

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 cup of low fat sour cream

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1/2 to 1 pound of leftover turkey (depends on how much is leftover in your house)


1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Add the zucchini and carrot for the last two minutes of the cooking time. Drain well.

2. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook till transparent. Stir in the soup, milk, sour cream, cheese, turkey and pasta. Mix well in the saucepan. Cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling, stirring occasionally.

This recipe is a great one to use as an introduction to vegetables into your daily meals. We are encouraged to eat 5-8 fruits and vegetables daily.

I have to tell you a story about my youngest brother and leftover turkey. One Thanksgiving, many moons ago at my aunts home in West Texas, he had a starving moment for a turkey sandwich. I was the only one in the kitchen and he kept yelling from the back yard to fix him a turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato and mayo on it. I finally had enough of this demanding teenager so I fixed him a sandwich, only my Aunt had some green paper napkins and I shredded it to look like lettuce. He ate the whole thing without even noticing my art work.

Cranberry sauce is another item one sometimes has bought too many cans of for the holiday. Hope you enjoy this one as it really is a dessert to me.

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