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Thai Soup and Cherry Pie Bites aka “Cooking with Scraps”

I realize the idea of “cooking with scraps” doesn’t sound very appealing, but it’s actually one of my favorite ways to cook.  Whether it’s a kitchen sink pasta dish or a clean-out-the-fridge soup or salad, I love to use up odd bits from the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry to create something delicious.

Case in point is the soup in the photo above.  It consists of a small amount of leftover linguine, a few grape tomatoes, some frozen peas, a half block of tofu that was waiting to be used up, and hot chilies that I got at the farmers market.  For seasonings, I included some grated lemongrass I had in the freezer and the last bit of a piece of ginger, along with some Asian chili paste.  The soup tasted as good made with “scraps” as any I’ve made with more intentional ingredients.

A second example of “scrap cooking” are these Chocolate-Stuffed Cherry Pie Bites.  After the success of my Cherry-Chocolate Pie Balls made with puff pastry, I wondered if we’d like them as well (or better) if they were made with pie crust.  I also wanted to experiment with shapes other than round.  Fortunately, I always freeze scraps of pie dough whenever I have it and I put it to good use with these pie bites.  I was able to make a few bites of various shapes (mini-turnover, dumpling, etc.) by rolling out just a small amount of dough to wrap around pitted cherries stuffed with a few chocolate chips.  One (or two or three) make the perfect “bite” of pie when you want just a little something sweet.  Verdict:  we like the pie bites made with pie dough just as much as the pie balls made with puff pastry.  Maybe we need to sample a few more just to be sure….





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  • Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 14, 2012, 4:22 pm

    wow that soup looks so so delicious! and those pie bites are so cute!

  • Gabby @ the veggie nook August 14, 2012, 6:06 pm

    It’s just so satisfying cleaning out your fridge isn’t it? My creations never look this tasty though!

    • Robin August 14, 2012, 6:35 pm

      Yes, Gabby, it’s very satisfying to clean out the fridge — it’s almost like getting a “free” meal when it’s made of odds and ends!

  • Jonathan Shanes September 26, 2012, 10:06 am

    Hi robin. I am following you on Twitter and I tweeted a link regarding the book. Let me know if I am a winne.

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