How Did I Cook 14 Styrofoam Containers Of Food? Here’s My “Leftover” Adventure!

“It began, as all great adventures do, with Styrofoam…”

That’s me – staring through a stack of styrofoam…where did they come from? What do they hold?

It’s all part of a great “leftover adventure!”

You see, we had friends over, so Alex ordered some middle-eastern food from a terrific restaurant…except we didn’t realize how much we ordered…Alex shot this look at the food:

The food was delicious, but we barely scratched the surface of the meal – and that left me with multiple styrofoam containers of leftovers to store, which made me think it might be fun to do a “leftover mashup”:

With that setup, I decided to film myself opening each of these and deciding how to best turn them into a nice leftover dish – and I really had no idea what stuff like this even was:

That said, here is the unveiling of each individual container – and my plan for how to cook it all:

I cooked bacon and garlic in olive oil as a base for all the leftovers to come.

After letting the bacon and garlic cook, I returned to my large bowl filled with all of the other leftovers:

I poured it into the pan and blended it together over low heat, allowing it to warm up again – since it was already all cooked!

Now, time to finish the dish:

I’m actually very happy with how I was able to utilize virtually all of the leftovers in a way that was tasty – I know someone whose Grandmother would make meatloaf anytime the cottage cheese was going bad in the refrigerator, but this rice pilaf dish actually extended our food for several days!

Thanks for joining me on my Styrofoam Adventure: as some of you know I am not afraid to head down some very unequal culinary paths – like this unique thanksgiving meal:

Yes, I ate “Thanksgiving Dinner Candy Corn” so you wouldn’t have to – but which one was surprisingly good – and which was amazingly awful?

Click here to see:

I also tried this unique toasted treat:

These tasty treats are hugely popular in Japan – so I had to do a taste test as well!

See it here:

And get ready for this:

My son Jeff bought me a “Cheeseburger In A Can” because he KNEW I’d have fun trying this out! It’s all part of my obsession with all “foods in a can”:


I found this “hamburgers in a can” ad – and can only imagine how popular these were at one point – and how quickly people learned to buy them fresh!

I am a fan of “canned food” because it is so unique in our history:

This “potted meat food product” for example – some joke that it’s “everything but the oink” – but Spam is being used to a lot of fun recipes – especially during “Pumpkin Spice” month – so click here to see what I made with it:

Some of you also know that I recently tried “weasel coffee” – thanks to my friend Sabrina, who brought me THIS from Asia:

weasel coffee

It’s th world’s most expensive coffee, because it goes through a real live Weasel first! See more about his delicious and unique “premium Weasel product” here:

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19 replies

  1. Very innovative, John. Well done.

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  2. You did a great job with those leftovers, John. But that looked like a big ‘over-order’ of food to start with. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. You never cease to amaze me, John with your quirkiness and creativity with food…I love your posts always a journey of discovery 🙂

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  4. Brilliant, John. Doesn’t it feel good to be creative with the leftovers, and actually use them? When it comes to leftovers, Hubby is the Soup Meister. He just knows what works together.

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    • I would love your husband’s food – I love soup as I am a huge fan of “wet food!” We try not to ever throw anything out!

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      • I think you would, John. When our daughter was in high school, she found two cookbooks in a trendy Boston/Cambridge bookstore for her dad (Steve) for Christmas, and hubby Steve, the man who liked cooking, became a master at soups. One book is “A Good Day for Soup”, by Jeanette Ferrary and Louise Fiszar. The other book is “Simply Stews” by Susan Wyler. This book has a salmon corn chowder recipe to die for, yet Steve has adapted it over the years. Yum! The leftovers in our fridge somehow become great soups. Our favorite bread alongside is toasted focaccia.


  5. very, very creative mashup

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  6. And this kind of food is often better the next day or so.looks good.

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  7. The middle eastern food looks amazing, both before and after. But looking at the corn candy and spam, I am sometimes concerned about your health 🙂

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