I was inspired to write this post when I read  another blog, though which blog it is, by now sadly I've forgotten.  The author posed the question to herself (and by extension obviously, to her readers):  What are the five things that are always in your fridge?  These are the items whose absence make you feel naked, so to speak, or at least socially so.  The shelf seems empty, bereft even.  You don't feel good about inviting people over when these precious items are no longer filling the spaces in your fridge reserved specially for them.    If your husband thoughtlessly thrusts another condiment into their Spot, you feel a surge of annoyance and then surreptitiously move his thing aside, preserving the Order of Things.   The 'surreptitious' part is key, though, as you don't want to provide him with fodder to call you controlling, of all things.  In no particular order, my never-be-withouts are:

1.  Sparkling Water - I always feel so elegant sipping on a glass of this.  It makes me feel fancy without drinking wine.  This is my weekday 'wine,' and by extension, the kids are not allowed to touch it.  I think in their little minds, sparkling water  is akin to alcohol and I've even heard it referred to as 'Mommy Pop.'
2.  Aged Cheddar - Does this really require further elaboration?  It's sharp, aged cheddar.  I need it.
3.  Whipping Cream - I allow  myself one dollop of this each day in one of my cups of coffee.  My bum cries out from the overindulgence of it, but I don't care.  My bum and I have been together for 37 years now and I say it's time for the bum to get over it.
4.  Olives - Ahhh.  I love olives.  All sorts of olives.  I've never been able to relate to the olive-haters among you.  My favorites would have to  be the garlic stuffed sort and the almond stuffed sort.  They're fancy and pungent and sort of other-worldly all at the same time.
5.  a Gargantuan Container of Diced Garlic - I've always suffered from a mild inferiority complex induced by my use of two items that I can't stop myself from using (and liberally) time and time and time again.  These trailer trash foods of mine are store-bought pre-diced garlic and canned mushrooms (which seem to me to be the stuff of Heaven Itself.  I could easily sit in my darkened closet and secretly eat cans upon cans of these, plain, without adornment .  I'm not saying I do, though.  Just that I probably could.  I'm practically a Hobbit in my passion for mushrooms of all sorts, most especially the ersatz canned variety.).  But back to garlic:  many of my lovely, well-intentioned friends have tried to convince me to go the more 'foodie' way of crushing one's own, fresh garlic, but the hassle of it puts me off every time I reconsider the idea.  I know, I know.  Fresh garlic is in a whole other category of garlic.  I've heard. 

If I were to be so bold as to extend the list somewhat (other than my passionate diatribe regarding mushrooms), I'd undoubtedly have to tack on these precious foodstuffs:

6.  capers
7.  canned diced tomatoes
8.  feta cheese
9.  hot pickled vegetables
10.  hotsauce

What's in your fridge?  Tell me!  I must know!  (Plus, I want to know who's reading this.  Evidently, yesterday, 52 of you did, which I find delightful and shocking and so encouraging.  Delurk!  Delurk you chickens!)

01/22/2010 11:56pm

1) some sort of diet pop, pepsi or dr pepper
2) milk so I can make foam for my lattes
3) capers/hotsauce, cause they just go together to well
4) pomegranets this time of year, theres always fruit in my fridge
5) tomatos, garlic, and onions are can't be withouts!

01/24/2010 5:20pm

Hmmm.....good question.

Now some of these things are mainly for my dear husband who has certain "food things" he can't live without.

These would include (but aren't limited to):
- Skim Milk - for the copious amounts of cereal he downs on a daily basis
- Cheese - I'm allergic, but true to being his mother's son - what does NOT go with cheese?!
- Apples - my crunch of the day! I look forward to these, seriously!
- Crushed Garlic - I'm 100% with you on this one J! I started off (well, bred with) crushing my own garlic. But seriously....such a mess and so much time. I have converted. My mother would be sad.
- Pina Colada Yogurt - if you haven't tried it - DO. It's like a guilty pleasure x a million, minus the fat. simply divine.

P.s - I am with you ONE HUNDRED PERCENT on the olives and mushrooms too. Hubby hates both....i am passionate about both. For those who seem to think that M & I are the "perfect pair" (we've heard that a sickening amount of times) - food is one area we were are OPPOSITES to the max. But thats ok. We accept - & love on :)


02/01/2010 9:44pm

~Dijon mustard..I feel like a pro chef and think I must add it to all salad dressings that I make!
~Fresh garlic, none of this jar stuff girlfriend! My garlic press and I have a special relationship.
~Ketchup-no need for explanation here.
~Apple sauce, I just LOVE the stuff and so do my kidlets!
~CHEESE..gruyere, cheddar, baby bell, la vache qui rit, boursin, take your pick, there shall be cheese!!

07/14/2012 7:09am

This is exactly what I've been searching for. Thanks!


Leave a Reply.