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Nov 17, 2011

Chopping It Up

Two websites turn leftovers into near gourmet-level creations

Save for some champagne, a box of pasta, and a can of beans, your stockpile of foodstuffs is sorely lacking.

By this time next week, you'll have a few more things--a hodgepodge of post-Turkey-Day cranberry sauce, kale, and ham, among other things. Sorta reminds you of a mystery basket on Chopped. Not a problem at all for Iron Chef types, but your cheffing skills are not quite that advanced.

Thankfully, two new websites stand at the ready to give you recipes based on the ingredients already in your kitchen.

FoodPair.com has aggregated close to one million recipes that are searchable by ingredient, course, and dietary restriction. You can register with the site if you choose, but it's not mandatory in order to search its vast archive of recipes pulled from the likes of FoodNetwork.com, Epicurious, and AllRecipes. So that champagne and cranberry sauce you have? That's your base for Pear, Toasted Walnut and Mixed Green Salad with Champagne-Cranberry Vinaigrette.

Gojee.com is the the option for those who like to eat--or research--with their eyes. Each of its pages has drool-worthy imagery to accompany its recipes, pulled from niche culinary sites and blogs known as much for their recipes as for their photos. All you have to do is type in what you have in the fridge, select a recipe from the curated list, and get cooking. So the day after Thanksgiving, turn those leftover beans, ham, and kale into Suddenly Stew. Or transform a bottle of champagne and a box of noodles into Tagliatelle with Shrimp and Champagne Butter Sauce.

Can you smell what we're cooking?


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