questionswhat foods always seem to taste better the next…

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home made salsa. leaving it overnight gives it a chance to have all the flavors meld together.

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My Mom makes her own spaghetti sauce (my Grandfather's recipe) and when there is leftovers, she puts the noodles in a bowl with the sauce in the fridge. The next day she heats it up in a big frying pan and for some reason it tastes even better than it does fresh.

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Stew, enchiladas, lasagna, pot roast.

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Anything made with beans. Most things made with raw onions or chiles. Anything made from a powdered or dried mix such as chip dip.

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Definitely chili, stew, pot roast.

Also potato salad - if it lasts to the next day!

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Dang it! Too late.
Chili, lasagna, salsa, pulled pork,, smoked brisket, fajitas, etc

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mmm.... pulled pork and potato salad

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There are a couple of desserts that I make that taste better the next day. They tend to be pudding based, so like banana pudding, dirt cake and this one dessert with layers of graham crackers and a vanilla pudding mixture. That definitely tastes better the next day, when the graham crackers are all soft.
I like to let my cookie dough sit overnight before baking the cookies to. Doing that tends to yield richer flavors and just yummier cookies.

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Anything with some spice. It's always a fuller flavour the next day.

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Pretty much anything Italian. When I order the chicken Marsala at Spaghetti Factory I force myself to put half to the side just so I can enjoy it's yummy goodness for lunch the next day.

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Any stews and curries always taste better the next day or even a couple days later. I love leftover Japanese curry, it just almost never last long enough in house, at least the meat is almost always gone by the second day.

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I make some excellent chicken chili that, while it's great the day you make it, seems to be even better later on.

That is, if any is left.

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@mtm2: We need a big woot bus so we can go visit everyone.

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pizza, and fried chicken. if you don't agree you pallet is an idiot.

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I am going to show off my incredible culinary skills buy saying Hamburger Helper. Ever since I was a kid I have always enjoyed Hamburger Helper more the next day.

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My stoner college roomate was hell bent on opening a restaurant that specialized in day old food. Specifically day old spaghetti, which I would be down with, I guess. It's been 10 years, I should call that guy.....

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@inkycatz: And a bigger one to get home on!

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My Meatloaf......it's awesomer the next day

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My Dad makes this leftover spaghetti frittata in a cast iron frying pan that even this non-egg eater will eat. The night before, he'll mix the leftover pasta & sauce together and I think adds in a bit of parmesan cheese before stashing it in the fridge. The next morning he heats a cast iron pan with a bit of olive oil and a crushed clove of garlic until fragrant. Depending on the amount of leftovers, he'll beat 3 to 6 eggs and stir that into the pasta mixture. The whole thing gets dumped into the frying pan and then popped into a hot oven until golden brown and cooked through.

I like cold Chinese food, cold pizza, and leftover garlic bread that had been dripping in butter and then shoved in the refrigerator over night. And I wonder why my jeans sometimes get so danged tight...

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My mom makes a lasagne that tastes 1000 times better the second or third day! I love it day old, and I don't even like regular lasagne (I usually eat spinach lasagne).

I make a tuna casserole that tastes better the second day, but not much else I make tastes better the second day....but then, I don't tend to cook too often anyway, lol!

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@lavikinga: I don't know if that 's the one she was talking about, but it is definitely the one that I am talking about. My wife makes this occasionally(thank goodness it's not more than that) and I can't find the bottom of the dish fast enough in the leftovers. :)

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I always make potato salad the day before I'm serving it. Tastes much better.

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@lavikinga: That looks about right. Although I usually use two of the smaller boxes of pudding, french vanilla flavor of if I can find it. And I add some vanilla to the pudding mixture as well. Gives it a richer flavor.

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In my experience, chili and lasagna.

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Beans Beans the musical fruit...

Oh, and meatballs.

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@ndcouch: LMAO! Yes, but the pizza better be cold.

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@coreyking: agreed! cold pizza is awesome!

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I agree with pot roast. I've even started cooking it the day before I plan to eat it, so it'll have time to sit.

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I like cold mac and cheese, reheated ramen (where the noodles are extra fat and squishy), pizza, and most asian food.