Growing up my Granny used to make my cousin and I a big batch of goop to play with every week. Most people probably have no idea what goop is…but it is something kind of like Play-doh but with a more plastic-y, jello-y feel to it.
She always made it lime green and it would entertain us for hours. It was from a recipe from the newspaper that she found…and it was made with normal things you would have in your kitchen. It was perfectly safe for us to eat and we did so often.
We would always immediately regret eating the goop…because it tasted even worse than Play-doh…but it was so worth seeing my cousin make a disgusted face every time she ate it.
Being the inventive child I was, I was always finding new ways to convince my cousin to eat the goop. One time we used the rack inside the refrigerator to make lines on it so it looked like a steak.
Once we even used my grandfathers shotgun shells to make it look like a pizza (I’m from Texas, so shut up). And occasionally we would just feed some to Annie the dog.
This Thanksgiving when my Mom sent me home with 3 bazillion tons of sweet potato casserole I had to become inventive. There are only so many times I can eat sweet potato casserole. For starters, the first time I reheated it, I ate off ALL the marshmallows (stop making that face, you know it’s the best part).
So the next time, I added some marshmallows I had in the pantry already and again I ate all the marshmallows. Then I ate a little for breakfast.
And today I made a pot of Granny’s Gumbo for Jorge and decided to make rice pudding with the left over rice. And then it popped in my head…Sweet Potato Rice Pudding! Why not right?
I googled, and found out that apparently I am not as inventive as I thought…and someone else had already done this. But either way, it is delicious, ass friendly, and it means I didn’t throw away ANY of the Thanksgiving leftovers!