We’ve started a new routine in our household that we’re trying to stick to. I’ve asked my husband to take care of dinner on Friday nights. It’s a pretty rare occasional when he actually cooks. Doesn’t matter. Most of the time, it’s take-out. And that’s just fine with me, as long as the task is taken off my plate. And with take-out…whether it’s Chinese, pizza, or your favorite neighborhood wing joint….there’s usually leftovers.
When my husband orders take-out, his eyes are generally bigger than both of our stomachs. He recently came home with a box…not a bag, a box…full of food from a locally owned and family-run Italian restaurant we’ve become quite fond of. He placed and picked up our dinner order rather late, and I noticed they threw in an entire to-go box full of bread sticks (probably end of dinner service and they didn’t figure they’d be good after that night, and/or hostess who took the phone order thought they were feeding a family of 8, given the size of said order). I couldn’t find room for even one….between the wedding soup, salad, chicken piccata and homemade spaghetti and meatballs. But these were bakery-quality bread sticks and I hated to toss them.
I try to make something for breakfast on the weekends that’s different than the usual scrambled eggs or soggy cereal. The breadsticks were just what I needed to whip up some quick French toast sticks. A few easy steps and my children were gathered around the table gobbling them up. Crack a couple of eggs, add a generous splash of milk, about teaspoon of cinnamon (or more if you prefer) and a teaspoon or more of vanilla. Then whisk everything together. Dunk each piece of bread in the egg mixture so that it’s totally coated. Warm some butter on a flat top, frying pan or griddle pan. Cook the French toast sticks until each side has a nice golden crust. Most would butter then and serve with maple syrup. But I’m not too fond of maple flavored anything, so I like to sprinkle a little sugar on top instead. The best part? These could also freeze and be on stand-by for a quick go-to weekday breakfast.
What do you often find yourself left with after take-out night? What have you done with it?