I love those “What’s In My Refrigerator” features that People is constantly doing, so I figured hey: I’m no Dr. Oz, but it’s still always fun to see what’s going on in the depths of someone else’s drawers.
(Caveat: This is not what my refrigerator usually looks like. I tend to do a major shopping trip once a week, and then sort of supplement with mini-trips to get the extras I need for the night’s meal on a daily basis, so as the week progresses the produce sorta dwindles and is replaced by Tupperware.
But that weekly shopping trip happened this morning (at 7:30; I had a burst of energy, what can I say?) and so here’s what it looks like right this very minute.)
1. This is the little “baby stuff” section, and is stocked with the bottle that we’re working on at the minute (Indy is an odd one, and prefers his bottles chilled) and Ella’s Kitchen organic baby food pouches, which are incredibly handy and have the side benefit of making me feel like an amazing, nutrition-providing parent every time I open one (combos include things like spinach/apple/rutabaga, carrot/apple/parsnip, and broccoli/pear/pea).
2. My two favorite things at the moment: top-quality skirt steak (I get the butcher to cut the strip into three pieces to make it easier to marinate/grill) and salted chocolate-covered caramels, both from Fairway. (Click here for my fave marinade recipe.)
3. I always keep a couple of cheeses on hand for snacks and guests; right now, I’m really into this amazing 12-year aged cheddar from New Zealand.
4. YoBaby Organic Yogurt is awesome, and delicious enough that I’ve been known to “assist” with breakfast from time to time. (By the way, I’m not particularly diligent about making sure that everything I eat is organic – although I know I probably should be, I’m usually more interested in “affordable” and “good” – but I figure I should go organic whenever possible with my son…and as it turns out, all the most delicious-looking kids’ stuff is organic anyway. Nice.)
5. Kendrick bought me this dilled garlic ages ago, and it looks wonderful, but I have no idea what to do with it…so it’s just been sitting there, looking wonderful. Any ideas?
6. Arugula is one of those things that goes bad almost immediately after you buy it, but we eat so much of it every week (dressed with either olive oil and balsamic or with olive oil and lemon juice, and usually paired with grilled steak) that it makes sense for me to get the big carton.
7. I’m a big fan of saving money on food wherever you can, but one of the things I’m more than happy to spend a little extra on is bacon: the good stuff is just so much better. I bought this Applewood-Smoked Country Bacon at Eli’s, and am planning on incorporating it into some homemade guacamole tomorrow afternoon.
8. This Tupperware container has been sitting there for long enough that I’m afraid to open it. Moving on.
9. Corn is one of those things that I can’t get enough of when it comes into season, and lately we’re all about Mexico City Street Corn (made with butter, mayo, cotija cheese and chili powder, it’s unbelievably messy but also unbelievably delicious).