The Challenge: I have a container of mascarpone that I bought a little while back with no intentions of what to do with it. Well, it's still in my frig! I have some vanilla and chocolate pudding packages lying around, some graham cracker crumbs, frozen pumpkin puree, frozen berries, limoncello and Bailey's liqueur, and a container of heavy cream.
So I could go in many directions and want to get rid of some of this stuff with a quick dessert but don't know if mascarpone can be stirred into pudding to make a creamy dessert. Any ideas?
Here's our Cupboard Challenge for Sheila, along with her response. See what she would do with reader Evie's canned Spotted Dick, pumpkin puree, chickpeas, couscous, and anchovies. She gives a recipe for one of her suggestions, too - straight from the South of France.
We recently asked you for your best best cupboard challenge, because acclaimed chef Eric Ripert was going to take on one challenge from a reader. Well, you sent in quite a few challenges, and here's the one we've picked.
This cupboard challenge is from reader Barbara, who has great ingredients in her fridge, but is still struggling to use them up. Read on to find out exactly what was in Barbara's refrigerator, and just what Eric Ripert suggested for her ingredients.
Here's another Cupboard Challenge in response to our invitation from last week. And really - this invitation always stands! Got some extra pantry staples to use up? A carton of milk about to go off? A bunch of leeks about to shuffle off their mortal coil? Tell us and let us help you come up with frugal and quick solutions for using your food wisely and well.
The latest challenge comes from Sarah. She has just two items: Oreo baking crumbs, and evaporated milk. This one is easy - read on!
Yesterday we asked you for your cupboard challenges - all that stuff left over from cleaning out your cupboards for the Spring Cure. You probably have things you don't want to get rid of but you'd like to use up. Reader mandarinmarie took us up on the offer and so here's her Cupboard Challenge. She writes...
The things that need to get used: lentils, canned salmon, barley, clam juice, raisins, and moonshine jelly. The moonshine jelly is really just a wildcard.
Cupboard Challenge! It's moving season, and Raedia writes to us with a mega challenge - polish off the contents of ALL her cupboards.
She writes: My boyfriend and I are moving to Vermont at the end of the month, to a brand new house which isn't QUITE done yet. As we'll be kitchenless for a while, I'm now forced to confront all the mysterious jars that haunt the back of the fridge... remnants of culinary experiments that only used a tbsp of whatever it was.
So I pose to you a Cupboard Challenge- what can I possible make with any of these things?
List below the jump - extra credit to ideas that use the most stuff in one go.
We were leaving town and had just a few things that needed to be used up. This parsley was on its last legs, and the couscous and sundried tomatoes have been hanging around for a while.
This is a rather easy Cupboard Challenge, don't you think? All these Mediterranean flavors just beg for some wonderful dishes and combinations. We crave Greek and Mediterranean foods in the summer, especially the acidity of lemon. We have some thoughts on what to do with all of it, but we'll let you take a crack at it first! Recipe early next week...
What lingers in your cupboards? When it comes to pantry items, we have two extremes. First are things we don't really want - grocery store mistakes and canned goods passed on by relocating friends. On the other side are foods we prize, like these Rancho Gordo beans, delicious heirlooms that will transform your ideas of dried beans. We're always saving them "for later."
So this Cupboard Challenge is a high/low version: Rancho Gordo Ojo de Cabra Beans, brown rice, and canned sweet corn - which we usually never buy, preferring the fresh stuff! What would you do with these? We'll come up with something too and give you a recipe next week...
There are certain items in the fridge that always seem to get left for last. For me it's the ginger, scallions, and herbs. They are absolutely necessary kitchen staples, but when I only use a little of one or the other, I find myself scrambling to use the rest up before it goes bad.
Hence, a Cupboard Challenge. Ginger, scallions, and - surprise! - flat Italian parsley. I thought it was cilantro (see how quickly I forget what's in my fridge?) but realized that it's the rather less appropriate parsley. Throw in some brown rice and you have a challenge.
One more Cupboard Challenge - and then I'm going to open it up to all of you. If you have anything in your cupboard that you're puzzling over or a combination of ingredients that you'd like to throw out to the crowd, email a picture and we'll lay down your challenge!
For today, here's a slightly different challenge. I have a lot of lentils in my cupboard - two big bags. One is of mixed lentils and the other is urad dal, often used for South Indian dosai. I love lentils, but I don't cook them every week, and I wanted to ask for your favorite ways to eat them.