This is what I love about leftovers. I started dinner at 7:45, and a few minutes before nine, I was out of the kitchen. No microwave use; all four burners on the stove were in service, and I washed the dishes by hand.
Two of the items were already cooked – the eggplant/aubergine spaghetti sauce and the lovely little campanelle pastas – so they just needed to be heated up. I put the pasta in my two-quart steamer, and the sauce into a two-quart saucepan. A larger frying pan with a trivet in the bottom steamed the broccoli, while I quickly browned up some fresh mushrooms.
All of this took about ten or so minutes, so we were eating by just after eight. It took longer to grate the cheese than to cook the meal – well – almost! ;->
We had a leisurely dinner while listening to our favorite forties music on Pandora, and then got out four different kinds of ice cream for dessert. While eating the ice cream, I read aloud the blurb about Rosemary Clooney at the Pandora site. What a gal! And what a life she led. We lost her in 2002; what a shame. She was one of our favorites.
The pots and pans were easy to clean up, and before nine o’clock I was downloading the picture of my plate to post here. So here it is – really “hot off the stove/press”! ;->