Bluebird Down

The pursuit of domestic bliss, one glorious debacle at a time.

Philosophy and the Sweet Potato July 19, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Food,House Oddities — Teri @ 10:52 am

Pre-Clean Up

I needed to clean out the refrigerator, so I would have an idea of what was edible enough for dinner. It was looking a little woolly in there. A thought occurred to me as I stepped back surveying the job. It’s said that your bookshelf says a lot about you — your hopes, your fears, your talents, your challenges. I wonder what the content of your refrigerator says about you? If too much German philosophy on your bookshelf exposes your nihilistic tendencies, then what does a drawer full of rotten tomatoes say about you? [Surprisingly similar results?]

In an effort to leave no stone unturned in the continuing quest for peace, happiness and organization, I expose the heart of my kitchen for you:

Out of date eggs – 3 left in the carton

Loaf of wheat bread

Apple sauce

3 bottles of Pinot Grigio

Water pitcher

Tea pitcher

Out of date hummus

Out of date ranch dressing

More wheat bread

Out of date wheat english muffins

Whitewheat hamburger buns

Whitewheat hot dog buns (2 left from the 4th of July)

Out of date wheat hamburger buns

Some borderline looking cherries

1 pint of cherry tomatoes

2 pints of too-recently-purchased-to-be-moldy raspberries

2 pints of blackberries – make that 1 pint 🙂

Mircale Whip

Dill pickle relish

Half a bottle of Beasley’s Best BBQ Sauce

1 bottle of Blue Moon

1 bottle of Honey Moon

Half a pack of Sargento reduced fat swiss

Half pack of turkey

Trader Joe’s cheese sticks

Half pack of Sargento reduced fat pepper jack

Partial pack of Kraft Singles 2% American Cheese

7 packs of Starkist white tuna

Feta cheese that I will probably forget about

1 Hebrew National hot dog (note that are two hot dog buns left though)

7 bottles of Harris Teeter lime seltzer

5 bottles of lemon-lime G2

1 bunch of collards

1 bunch of kale

1 half rotten green pepper

Half a container of romaine lettuce

1 leek (just 1)

6 sad looking ears of corn

4 sweet potatoes

1 butternut squash

1 spaghetti squash

3 cucumbers (1 slightly suspect)

Half bunch of asparagus that needs to be eaten today or tossed

1 tiny zucchini

2 pack of carrots – 1 out of date

A gaggle of baby red potatoes

4 ripe red tomatoes

1 bag of baby spinach

2 fuzzy peaches – and not in a good way – whoops, make that 3 fuzzy peaches

2 lemons

1 container of Land O’ Lakes Light Butter

Almost empty bottle of 100% grapefruit juice

Blackberry jam

Black grape jam

Apple butter

Minced garlic

Homemade peanut butter (but not made in my home)

Almost empty bag of dried cranberries (last used at christmas, I think)

Newman’s Own ranch dressing

Kraft caesar vinaigrette

Balsamic vinegar (which i’ve never taken a liking to, but will give another shot)

Worcestershire sauce (great with grilled oysters!)


Lemon juice

Skim milk

Ortega salsa that I think we’ve had for 3 years

Grated parmesan cheese

Lime juice


Out of date mustard

Grey Poupon

Mojito mixer


Bisquick Heart Smart Pancake Mix

1/12 of a pack of Coke

Major lesson learned from this observation: I buy too much food, especially for a person that doesn’t cook. Second observation: I probably wouldn’t be struggling to zip up my jeans if I stuck to the vegetables. I love lists — they can tell you so much about yourself.


6 Responses to “Philosophy and the Sweet Potato”

  1. Allison Says:

    I’m impressed by your veggie “collection” I think you are closer to that garden in the backyard than you think!

  2. Zef Says:

    oh boy

  3. Christiane Says:

    i feel like coming over and cooking you something! we could start with a nice pot of collards.
    tomato sandwiches with mayo as hors d’ouvres…

    the rest of the veggies could go into a spicy curry over basmati rice….

    with some good olive oil the balsamic vinegar can make a good dressing. add fresh herbs like basil or parsley etc.

    too bad i live a liiiiittle too far away.

    i love lists, too 🙂
    did you hear this on npr, once upon a time, perchance, too?
    your blog made me think of it just now…
    taataa, from germany,

    • Teri Says:

      I had not seen that NPR story, but that’s cool. I definitely think all the little things we do throughout the day, like what we say, the way we hold are pen, what we buy for dinner are little appreciated pieces of our story.

      By the way, I’m working my way through the vegetables. Been eating tomato sandwiches like mad. Tonight’s dinner is baked BBQ chicken with sweet potatoes and collards. Getting there…

  4. Love the fridge rundown. I may have to borrow the idea on my own blog and do some food self-analysis. 🙂

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