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We're having an eat-down! Quite frequently, our pantry cabinet becomes so full that I can't find anything that I'm looking for. I'm not sure how this happens. I guess I just go to the store and buy things for recipes, without paying much attention to what we have stowed away. So, every once in awhile, I'll decide that it is time to clean out the cupboards. Thus, the eat-down begins.
Until some friends and I were discussing the creative uses of ingredients on facebook last week, I had just referred to this practice as "eating what we have." Then, someone (I can't remember who, sorry ladies) introduced me to the term "eat-down." Isn't it appropriate? It sounds like something fun, like a hoe-down. But, you're eating. Awesome!
So, we're having our eat-down. So far, I've fixed chicken salad, popcorn chicken, grilled cheese with tomato soup, and American chop suey. Tonight, we're having ham soup with cheddar biscuits. Tomorrow, we'll eat leftover chop suey and/or soup. Other stuff that I have laying around to make: tuna noodle casserole, spaghetti with sauce, chicken noodle soup, fish sticks and home fries, and I don't even know what else. I'll reevaluate once I've made all that. We're also going to be eating all the half-bags of chips, pretzels, cookies, and more for snacks and having grits and frozen homemade pancakes for breakfast, perhaps topped with frozen fruit from last summer. This stuff has to go!
What about you? Do you ever have eat-downs, or do you only buy what you need and then use it all up before you return to the store? Do you have an ingenious recipes using random pantry ingredients? If so, please share.