I am not a very sentimental person, but I am a pack rat. Not to say nothing holds a special meaning to me. Plenty of stuff does, but I hold on to things because I’m more afraid that once I throw it away, I’m going to need it again sometime in the far future. I like to be prepared.
In this day and age with everything going electronic, it becomes harder to hold on to stuff, just in case.
But there I was, staring at my computer screen at work. My work emails automatically move email messages from my inbox to a retention box, where it will stay for another month before being automatically deleted. Forever.
Yes, I have lost many a email that I later did find out I needed again because I didn’t move it to an archive folder. Bygones.
So, there I was, staring at the screen. I was going through my retention folder, double checking to see if I had any messages I wanted to save (slowly learning my lesson). The latest chunk of emails up for permanent deletion were responses to a goodbye email I sent to the department before I moved to my current one. All of them wished me luck, and I was touched by the people who took the time to respond. I wanted to keep them. If they were on paper, I’d tuck them away in a drawer somewhere (neatly tied together with some ribbon, of course). But, I knew they had to go. So I went through them once again, and exited the folder. I always have trouble letting go…and now my computer does it for me.
Now I have my eye on just one last email. It has no substance, just a silly exchange. I just feel compelled to keep it, but know I really should not. I guess I’m a little more sentimental than I thought. It will end up in that Retention folder in about a month, and then my computer will get rid of it for me. Bygones.
But until then, speaking of cleaning house, I am still chipping away at the leftover food stuffed in my fridge from Thanksgiving. The best part about leftovers? When you really don’t feel like cooking, you can load up a plate with some leftovers and pop it in the microwave. Or, once you get tired of that, you can get a little fancier.
Inspired by my friend, the Curious Cuisinier who recently made some empanadas from some leftover sweet potatoes and Crescent roll dough, I decided to make something out of puff pastry and leftover cornbread stuffing.
1 sheet of Puff Pastry (thaw on the counter top for about 45 minutes)
Some leftover stuffing (or anything really…diced turkey, mashed veggies, anything that isn’t too liquidy or bulky)
Egg wash (beaten egg with just a little water)
Salt and Pepper.
Go forth and:
Preheat the oven to 375 degF
Unfold the Puff Pastry sheet and cut off a third. On a lightly floured surface, cut that third into three squares.
Flatten out each square with your fingers a bit, then scoop about a teaspoon of filling into the center. Brush some egg along the edges and fold one corner to meet the opposite corner to form a triangle. Carefully press down on the edges to seal. Repeat with the other two squares.
For the last 2/3 of the sheet, I made bigger pockets. Cut up into squares like the first set, and press each piece with your fingers to flatten a bit. Fill three squares with about 2 spoonfuls of filling. Then brush the edges with egg and top with another square of dough. Press along the edges to seal.
Place the three triangles and three squares on a parchment paper lined tray. Brush some egg wash on top of all and sprinkle some salt on top (pepper too, I forgot). Put into the oven for about 20 minutes, or until they are puffed up and golden brown.
Seriously, anything goes well with Puff Pastry. This especially goes well with some Oxtail soup from Grandma.