“You probably don’t want to look in the crisper drawer.” Amanda Freitag Chef and owner of Empire Diner
Welcome to my refrigerator! I must admit right from the start that I “tidied up” a bit before I let you in. I’m pretty sure that you would probably do the same, if you were planning to invite me in. My husband and I cook many/most of our meals together, but I am the Curator of the Refrigerator. I know what goes in, and its approximate location. The biggest haul that goes into the refrigerator comes from the Saturday farmers market, and I find a home for all of it-no easy feat to be sure. My husband goes to the market very early on Saturday mornings, while I go for a nice long walk, during which time I listen to the Splendid Table podcast on my phone. If you haven’t heard the Splendid Table, I highly recommend that you check it out here. Anyway, back to our refrigerator. This week, I would like to show you what our refrigerator looks like, from its early Saturday morning sparseness to bulging at the seams later Saturday morning, then during the week as we eat our way through all the delicious fruits and vegetables, which come mostly from the Upcountry Farmers Market.
I should say that the way we eat requires time and effort…time and effort that we are willing to put into procuring, preparing and eating delicious food. In no way do I expect that anyone else should necessarily follow our path, because I know that not everyone has the time, desire or knowledge to cook this way. This is what I love to do, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to spend my time this way.
EARLY SATURDAY MORNING
SATURDAY MID-DAY: Fresh Produce from Upcountry Farmers Market
From the market today: 3 bunches green onions, 1 head romaine lettuce, 1 bunch kale, 1 dozen eggs, gardenias, red ginger, 5 beets, 2 white potatoes, 12 apple bananas, purple cabbage, 3 bunches arugula, 1 bunch Swiss chard, 4 jalapeños, 3 green peppers, 1 red pepper, cauliflower, 2 broccolis, 1 bunch celery, 2 artichokes, 1 kabocha squash, 2 bottles of Freshly Pressed Ginger Kombucha
SATURDAY MID-DAY: Into the Refrigerator!
SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Everything in its place!
Check out this article from New York Times Magazine about what 11 top New York chefs have in their refrigerators.
Mark Menjivar wrote a book about what’s in others’ refrigerators; it’s kind of fun to take a peek! Check it out here.
What’s in your refrigerator?
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