Thursday, June 01, 2006

What's In My Fridge?
AKA I'll Show You Mine . . .

Once again Cate from Sweetnicks has come up with a blogging event I can't resist. In an event she's calling I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Cate wants food bloggers to show what's in their refrigerator.

The funny thing about this is my brother, Rand, has been telling me for a few months now that I should show my freezer-organizing system on the blog, but I've resisted, mostly out of fear that you would all decide I'm hopelessly obsessive-compulsive. I admit, I'm a wee bit compulsive about my freezer. I have an upright freezer, separate from the refrigerator, and there's a list on the side showing what's inside. When I use something from the freezer, I decrease the number, so it's an ongoing inventory of the contents. At least that's how the system is supposed to work, when I remember to do it.



My fridge isn't quite as uber-organized as the freezer, but it's pretty organized too. It's usually full of good things to eat, and always has lots of gourmet specialty ingredients that I love to experiment with. I bet if you were visiting my house you would love raiding the fridge. So here it is, recorded for posterity, or at least the blogosphere, a post about what's in my fridge.

I love my refrigerator, which was new last summer, because it's BIG, it has water and ice in the door (two kinds of ice cubes), and there are lots of shelves and drawers, making it easy to get to things. On the front there are always drawings or photos from students and nieces and nephews.


On the top shelf I have about 8 kinds of salad dressing, including Cardini's Caesar, one of my favorites, crunchy cucumbers from Mahanandi, baby arugula and baby romaine lettuce, a container of marinated garbanzo bean salad, eggs (behind the lettuce), homemade ranch dip for veggies, and low carb bread.

The next shelf has Crystal Light iced tea, Crystal Light Ruby Red Grapefruit, that enormous tub of Gorgonzola I've been talking about, red peppers and red onions which are going to be made into kabobs, chicken marinating in a bag for the same kabobs, leftover Sweet and Sour red cabbage, a container of mint, low carb tortillas, whole wheat pitas, and egg casserole cut into pieces to eat all week.


The next shelf has staples like Diet Coke with Lime, Diet A & W Root Beer, low carb yogurt, sugar free jello (for the nieces and nephews), and chicken base, beef base, veggie base, pork base, and ham base, mostly from Penzeys.


Next comes a drawer with lots and lots of cheese. There's a big block of Parmigiano-Reggiano sealed in plastic by my Foodsaver machine, grated Mexican blend and grated mozarella cheese, sharp cheddar, feta, goat cheese, Gruyere, and even a bag of pepperoni to make pizza.

The next shelf has sour cream, mayo, grated parmesan cheeese, Kalamata olives, capers, red peppers, tartar sauce, dill pickles, peeled garlic cloves, a huge jar of minced garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes.


My vegetable crisper is actually pretty empty this week, since it's the last week of school and I'm not cooking that much, but I do have big carrots, small carrots, cabbage, celery, parsley, and a red pepper. Normally this is so full I can barely open it.

The lower crisper, also relatively empty right now, has lettuce washed for salad, cucumbers, and a big bag of romaine hearts from Costco.


Moving on to the door of the refrigerator. I'm skipping the butter holder, which has butter and also I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. (I confess, I hardly ever use the ICBINB. Call the South Beach diet police if you must.) The first shelf has horseradish, chile garlic sauce, yeast, black bean sauce, Hoisin sauce, sweet mango chutney, tamarind curry sauce, tamarind paste, Thai green curry paste, Thai red curry paste, Malay red curry paste, Madras curry paste, and Penzey's Pork Taco seasoning.

The next shelf has beer (left by a visitor), water, cheese sticks, half and half and buttermilk.


Next we have oyster sauce, Ponzu sauce, ground garlic, A1 Sauce, Teriyaki sauce, Tamari, Mirin sweet cooking wine, ground ginger paste, Worcestershire sauce, and Stir Fry sauce.


Next is ketchup, low carb ketchup, low sugar apricot jam, fish sauce, low sugar rasberry jam, marionberry jam, ICBINB spray (which I never use), green Tabasco, Trappey's hot peppers, Crystal hot sauce, green olive tapenade, lime juice, and pomegranate jelly.

The last shelf has yellow mustard, Dijon mustard, stone ground mustard, horseradish mustard, natural peanut butter, low carb peanut butter, Chipotle mayo, and Dijon/Mayo blend.

There's the freezer side too, but we'll save that for another time. Now, at Cate's request, three things that are ALWAYS in my fridge:

  1. eggs
  2. Diet Coke with Lime
  3. at least 5 kinds of cheese
And three things that are NEVER in my fridge:

  1. milk (I'm just not a milk drinker and don't eat cereal)
  2. white bread (never buy it or make it)
  3. desserts of any kind (I was never a dessert eater, even before I started eating the South Beach way)
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17 comments:

  1. I LOVE your fridge!!! (and everything in it)

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Oh you're brave!(and tidy too).

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  3. Amazing! And the frig isn't as organized as the freezer? Double amazing! And five kinds of cheese and whattdidya say, Size 8? Triple amazing!

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  4. What a fun idea! Your cheese drawer looks yummy.

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  5. Ruth - I am so happy to have such a great fridge. I bought it with my tax refund last year!

    Steven - my whole house is not as tidy as the fridge, especially my office!

    Alanna - yes, I'm kind of uber-organized. Things like the cheese are why I love South Beach vs. a lower fat type of diet. It seems to work for me; my cholesterol is low and I don't gain unless I start eating white bread, sugar, and those other empty carb type foods.


    Earlysnowdrop - thanks for visiting.

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  6. I'm so impressed. You've got a great system, so orderly. I admire that. This is a great idea, but my fridge is so scary right now!

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  7. That's incredible: we did the same thing in Italy!!!
    You can check Italian and Spanish fridge here:
    http://polentaemusso.typepad.com/polenta_e_musso/2006/05/meme_cosa_ce_in.html

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  8. goodness! i thought i was the only one on the planet that actually bought the low carb ketchup. :)

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  9. I am glad that I found a bloggy fridge sister.:) Like you, I have to keep things in neat and orderly way in the refrigerator.:)

    And you've prepared the cucumber pickle. Did you like it? How was the taste?
    Thanks Kalyn.

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  10. Great fridge pics!

    PS I with you on your soda selections!

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  11. Sher - I'm kind of a neat freak now, but you should have seen me in college.

    Piperita - wish I could read Spanish or Italian so I could see what Europeans have in the fridge.

    Barbie2be - I love the Heinz one carb ketcup but lately I can't find it. Luckily I still have about 6 bottles from when it was on sale.

    Indira - I knew you would have an orderly fridge because you have such an orderly blog. I did like the cucumber pickle. When I ate them I like to put on lots of black pepper and Vege-sal.

    Joe - Diet Coke with lime rules. The root beer is what I drink when I need a treat. Diet Coke with lime is my regular brand. (I'm trying to drink more water, but I'm pretty hooked on the Diet Coke.)

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  12. Kepping your fridge so organized and clean is not easy but you've done it. I'm embarrased at my disorganization and sort of "thrown in there" look to my refrigerator.

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  13. oh my god! you're fridge is so BIG! i'm insanely jealous...

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  14. Holy moses. you have a stocked fridge. And it so nice and big. jealous.

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  15. Sooo organized. I love your assortment of cheeses.

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  16. I found myself lingering at the cheese drawer. I could give up anything but cheese! Nice fridge.

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  17. I'm new to this blogging concept, but stumbled on to your site while searching for a recipe. Very impressive. I'm excited about being a part of your community. Looking into your fridge was like opening mine!! We have nearly identical items in nearly identical locations. The only difference is that we bought one of those freezer on the bottom fridges from Sears last year, and it is AWESOME. SO much space on top - even enough for one of those Costco pizzas. Yes, we, too, are addicted to that store. Even go on Costco dates on the weekends.

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