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What’s in Your Fridge?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

So, a freelance check came in the mail yesterday. Yay! (And shortly after that, I got a great e-mail from my agent about . . . well, I’ll keep that under my hat for now.)

Immediately upon depositing the check into the bank, I went to the Tabernacle of St. Grocery to take my monetary tribute and be blessed with good things to eat in return.

When I left for the store, my fridge and freezer looked like this:

(Eww . . . gross—yes, the fridge needed to be wiped out.)

And after leaving my offering at the electronic altar, they looked like this:

(And what isn’t pictured are the whole-grain pastas and canned/dry goods and bag of apples and two pomegranates that don’t go in the fridge.)

It’s amazing what being able to go to the grocery store, even on a limited budget, can do to boost the psyche. (Especially when followed by really good e-mails from my agent.)

What’s in your fridge?

27 Comments
  1. Tuesday, November 2, 2010 6:25 am

    Can’t wait to hear what your agent had to say!! πŸ™‚

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    • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:10 pm

      Well, don’t hold your breath . . . I’ve got some more work to do (three sample chapters to write) before there will really be anything to announce. But it was definitely motivational news!

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  2. Sylvia M. permalink
    Tuesday, November 2, 2010 8:20 am

    Having that check in the bank probably has taken alot of the pressure and weariness out of you.

    I also agree with Jolanthe in that I can’t wait to hear what your agent says either!

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    • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:11 pm

      Yes, depositing that check was definitely a relief. And finding out that they were two invoices behind was another relief—it means I’ll have another check coming in within the next week to ten days, since those invoices were submitted just eight days apart. No wonder I was so broke last month!

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  3. Tuesday, November 2, 2010 9:17 am

    Way too many jars of pickles and pickle relish, of all descriptions. I don’t buy many pickles and except for in the rare egg salad, don’t like relish. Hubby is the culprit.

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    • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:13 pm

      Not a relish eater here, either. Kroger, in their Private Selection house label, has some zesty (hot!) baby dills that I adore, but they’re almost $4 a jar, and I go through them pretty quickly, so I don’t buy them often.

      Dill pickles are a downfall for me, but they must be genuine dill, not Kosher, or those zesty dills.

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      • Sylvia M. permalink
        Tuesday, November 2, 2010 7:12 pm

        Oh, oh! I love dill pickles! Around here one always expects to have dill pickles at every wedding reception, bridal and baby showers.

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  4. Tuesday, November 2, 2010 10:56 am

    Kaye, we had very similar Mondays. πŸ™‚ It makes a big difference when you’ve got lots of good food in the house. Glad your check came.

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    • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:16 pm

      The only thing I didn’t think about when I headed down to the store is that it was the first of the month, and a Monday, and a lot of people got paid that day, so the shelves were picked over by the time I got there around 4:45 (the mail in my neighborhood runs pretty late). But, amazingly enough for a Super Walmart, I was able to walk right up to a cashier who was at the tag end of checking someone else out, and she’d already started ringing up my stuff before I finished unloading my buggy. One of the (many, many) reasons why I hate shopping at Walmart, especially for groceries, is that after walking around the store for a while, I usually have to stand in line for thirty or forty-five minutes while everything in my basket defrosts/melts. So it was one of my better experiences at the Wall of Mart.

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      • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:20 pm

        I hear ya. I quit shopping at Walmart for awhile because I was so tired of standing in line so long. But the prices are just too good. So I’m back.

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      • Sylvia M. permalink
        Tuesday, November 2, 2010 7:16 pm

        Do they have the self-checkout lanes at your Super-Walmart? You could try that as long as you don’t have to weigh anything like fresh vegetables/fruit. Every time I’m at the one Wal-Mart around here that does have the self-checkout lanes I always use it. I can get through alot faster. Have you tried using the lanes that are for the rest of the store or do they not have scales?

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        • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 7:23 pm

          The Walmart closest to me doesn’t, but even those that do are limited to only 15 to 20 items. And I’ve noticed that at Walmart, no one counts the number of items in their basket before they get in the self-check or express lanes. I know. I’ve counted and been behind people with 30 to 40 items in their basket in the express lane.

          Both of my Kroger locations have self-check. The main location I go to only has it as express lanes. The other Kroger has two sets—one’s express (15 or fewer items) but the other one is for any size order. So it’s worth it for me to drive the couple of extra miles (and risk getting caught at the train tracks with frozen food in the car) if I’m doing a big shop.

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  5. Tuesday, November 2, 2010 1:46 pm

    Yummmm…I love me some Steak Burgers! That brand in particular, too, is sooo good. πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to hear about your good news. πŸ™‚

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    • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:18 pm

      These have been pretty good. I like to let them defrost until they’re still just a little frozen in the middle, then cook it on the George Foreman grill, then top it with those blue cheese crumbles and drizzle a little hot-wing sauce over top. Buffalo-style burger with no need of a bun!

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  6. Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:05 pm

    I usually have frozen Tilapia, too, but I’m out! Right now what’s in there is leftover pizza, some turkey deli meat, along with some barbecued bologna and colby jack cheese. I know, barbecued bologna sounds weird, but it’s pretty darn amazing. I let the Schwann man sell me some ice cream and frozen tomato soup today, so that’s in the freezer.

    Now, about that good news? πŸ˜€

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    • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:28 pm

      I can’t go into specifics about the news, but I guess I can hint that it might have something to do with this blog post: http://tinyurl.com/267zesq

      Yeah, um, barbecue bologna doesn’t sound that great to me, but not many people like my bologna, American-cheese, and pickle sandwiches, either.

      I also got that tiny jar of pimentos so that I can make up a small container of pimento cheese for sandwiches also (soooo easy: pimentos, grated cheese—I got a bag of shredded colby-jack—and mayo; and it MUST be mayo, not Miracle Whip).

      The pastas I bought are for cavatini—a.k.a. pizzatini or pizza casserole. It’s so simple: cook several types of pasta (penne, fusilli, farfalle, etc.) until they’re just al dente. Rinse with cold water/submerge in ice water to stop the cooking process (refrigerate if not making the casserole immediately). Then, in a large pan, layer pasta, spaghetti sauce, pepperoni (and cooked/crumbled sausage if desired), and lots and lots of mozzarella cheese, making sure to end with a cheese layer on top. Bake at 350 thirty minutes or so, until the cheese on top begins to brown. Let sit about 10-15 minutes before serving. This is a great casserole for dinner parties or covered-dish suppers.

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      • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:33 pm

        Sounds yummy! I make a pizza casserole much like that, only I just use egg noodles. I like the idea of the different kinds. And I’m a Mayo girl, too. No Salad Dressing for me!

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      • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:36 pm

        As for the hint? πŸ˜€

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        • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:58 pm

          That’s the only hint I can give. That it has something to do with that series proposal.

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  7. Susan Snodgrass permalink
    Tuesday, November 2, 2010 7:04 pm

    Too much in my fridge. Cleaning out the fridge is a chore I loathe. I’ve got chocolate soy milk, homemade dill pickles, steak thawing for supper tomorrow before Bible study, salad makings, bologna, roast beef, cheese, flavored water, caffeine free diet Coke and way too much more.

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    • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 7:26 pm

      When I’m really working on losing weight, the contents of my fridge and freezer can look pretty sparse—because I make my menu based on using what I have and only shopping for the few items I need to supplement it along with fresh produce once a week.

      But during the times when I’m not planning weekly menus ahead of time, and I have plenty of money, I always end up with a full freezer (and “nothing to eat”) until I clean it out, make a list of everything I have, and make a menu. That’ really helps cut down on waste and saves me money.

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  8. Susan Snodgrass permalink
    Tuesday, November 2, 2010 7:09 pm

    Anybody know how to get rid of the little squiggly person and get my own photo on there like everyone else’s? I’m not that much of a geek and need help.

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  9. Tuesday, November 2, 2010 10:12 pm

    What’s in my fridge?

    I’m too scared to look!

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  10. Leslie permalink
    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:10 am

    Kaye – have you heard of e-mealz.com ? For $5 a month (3 month minimum) they send a menu plan and shopping list – I just signed up on Friday and really, really like it. I signed up for the 2 person Walmart plan (dinner one night, lunch the next) but they also had a couple of plans that looked like they were Weight Watchers friendly, etc….

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    • Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:45 am

      I’ve done e-mealz twice for three months (about six months apart, so during two different seasons), the low-carb plan, and I found that they tend to repeat the same ten or twelve recipes over and over and over . . . I found I used about four or five of them and never touched the rest. But I printed all of them out and put them in a notebook.

      I also have the cookbook The Pleasures of Cooking for One, which I was hoping to be able to cook through this year, but between traveling, and being strapped for cash the last half of the year, that hasn’t happened. So far, my schedule for the spring is looking pretty open, so I may look at budgeting to do that in the spring.

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      • Leslie permalink
        Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:03 am

        Oh I hope that’s not the case with the plan I got – that’s one of the things I liked about it is that they said they try to only repeat recipes about once every 6 months.

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