In the days after a dinner party, I eat well... and badly. Well, because I always overbuy: too much of too many ingredients for the dinner party itself, all good things, and things that I don't want to go to waste. So lunch on those days looks less like this:
Which leads to the "badly" part. Dinner party food tends to be rich food, and to keep it from going to waste, I eat more of it than I should. I've been known to make hot chocolate from half-and-half because I can't think of a better way to use it. It's delicious, but not smart.
But after our most recent dinner party, I did okay: not too much pasta left over, all the appetizers gone, and most of what was left was good for me. Which led to several straight days of these:
Which was not only delicious, but kind of photogenic, and the kind of thing that people might even eat on purpose. My side dish, not so much:
(I cut the centers out of Bouchon walnut bread to make truffled walnut toasts with homemade ricotta, but of course I hated to see the non-centers go to waste! They made perfectly decent toasts to eat alongside my salad, though they were obviously not the easiest bread in the world to butter.)