On the Road Again: This Time, at The Meaning of Me



Few aspects in life are as polarizing. They’ve been fought over, ignored and tossed out, even left on the roof of a car as the oblivious driver took off. (I’ve done this.) They can be scrumptious, like Day Two Lasagna.

The can be lethal, like Day Twenty Six Lasagna.

Today, I’m at Lisa’s place, The Meaning of Me. I disclose a partial look at the Father’s Guide to Leftovers. Not the whole thing, mind you. Partial. Some secrets must remain secrets. But this will give you some guidance.

Do you know, for instance, about the One Week Rule? Heard of the Utopian World Order? Have you memorized the conditions of the Nincompoop Provision (as it relates to leftovers, not giants and dodgers fans)?


Get over to Lisa’s place. And learn. While you’re there, check out her stuff. It’s as good as Day Two Lasagna. And that’s saying something.

Tell me in comments one of your rules of leftovers, too.

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  1. jmgoyder says:

    I don’t have time to explore this until later tonight – but I will – gotta go now Eli.

  2. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me says:

    Thanks for sharing the Way of the Fridge with us, Eli.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad to have done my part, Lisa. What’s for lunch?

      1. LEFTOVER spaghetti and meatballs today, actually.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Life comes full circle, doesn’t it?

  3. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me says:

    Let’s see…thou shalt not eat something Mom was planning to use for another meal. Even if she didn’t say so and label accordingly. People should just know.
    Thanks for sharing the Way of the Fridge with us, Eli!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’s a good one. If it’s good enough for mom to use in a recipe, it’s probably good enough for the kids to nosh on while they watch episode after episode of “Psych.”

  4. ksbeth says:

    i love leftovers so much. rule of thumb: do not eat someone else’s leftovers that they were planning, in their head and unbeknownst to you, or there will be trouble.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      leftovers at 11:33 p.m. are particularly great. sometimes, so great, that it’s worth the wrath you might incur if they were someone else’s.

  5. What’s a left-over? I have a teenage son, so any time I have extra food, I wonder if he’s sick.
    If I DO have left-overs, I have one important rule: Don’t put anything into a container that doesn’t have a lid. I despise plastic wrap floating on the top of anything.
    Now…I’m off to read your story!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Usually, the healthy stuff is the leftovers. Having dudes around to clean stuff up like hyenas is a luxury, Michelle. Wait, you can get them to use plastic wrap?

  6. ProteanMom says:

    Some things make great leftovers, like mac’n cheese. Other things, not so much.

    We clean out the fridge once a week – otherwise we have too many science experiments going on at once, even for this geek.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’m lucky if there’s any mac’n cheese left to leave over. We should have a day when we put whatever is on the cusp of freshness on a hoagie roll and call it lunch. Science projects are cool on a shelf, but not so much in your digestive tract.

      1. ProteanMom says:

        Remind me when you have that for lunch. I’ll show up for dinner instead. 😀

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Your luck, there’ll be leftovers of the leftovers, and they’ll be served for dinner.

  7. Rorybore says:

    Left Overs are great, and some definitely taste better on the second day. Things like steak – no. My rare turns to “must chew for 10 minutes then swallow lump and cry”. just no.
    hubby thinks as long as something is in the fridge… IT NEVER DIES. honestly, I have watched that man eat chicken found at the back of the fridge over a week later, and nothing ever happens to him. he’s like an incinerator. or mutant.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Oh, what can beat a steak sandwich the next day, though? Delicious. You just can’t overheat.

      In the event of a zombie apocalypse, I’m sitting directly behind your husband. That skill will mean survival.

      1. Rorybore says:

        Um yeah, I’ll be following Daryl Dixon in that event. 😉

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        He’s been oddly absent from your blog lately.

        I’ll follow B-actress Audrey Matos in the event of the zombie apocalypse. We’ll die quickly, but maybe I’ll get to smell her hair first.

  8. Kim says:

    I will have to head over and check it out.
    We are all left-over eaters here!! Chris takes leftovers for lunch every day unless he is flying. I have a one week max rule and then I pitch it!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Kim! If we could somehow not waste food, I bet we’d have enough to feed the world. I think a week is at that magic threshold of snack and salmonella. It’s a tricky line.

  9. My wife was 42 when she helped move her parents out of her childhood home. As she cleaned up the freezer, she noticed the fruit was in containers with dates on them. Some of the fruit was older than she was. No lie.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’s incredible, Tony. That’s like, real Americana. I would have saved one in the freezer just for prosperity.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It was an honor to be here, Lisa. Looks like you had a heckuva week.

      1. It has been an amazing week in many ways, Eli. 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Just wait and see what can happen next week.

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