Come On Over, I Have Cream And Champagne

I'm not sure why I was thinking about this, except to say that I think about all manner of weird things when I'm trying to get to sleep at night---like how I'd decorate other people's houses if I lived in them (probably with more red)---but the other day I found myself thinking about the three things I always need to have in my refrigerator.

I did a story about this once for a magazine in Charleston. I went to the homes of five different chefs and I looked in their refrigerators and I asked them what they always had to have in there, and it was fairly eye-opening, I'll tell you that. Most of them, for instance, had pretty much nothing in their refrigerators, and the ones that did had things like Kraft American Cheese singles and frozen pierogis from Costco (well, those were in the freezer, but you catch my drift. Wasn't exactly The French Laundry in there is what I'm saying.)

If you looked in my refrigerator right now (please don't), you'd find the remains of the hummus, falafel, and Israeli salad I made for dinner tonight (delicious!), and a crapload of Diet Coke. You'd also find about fourteen different kinds of mustard, but this is because I have a Mustard Commitment Problem (MCP to those in recovery like me; it's a tough road ahead), the number one symptom of which is an ongoing desire to find the world's most perfect mustard. Like, remember when I bought that curry mustard because I felt sorry for the man who was selling it to me? Classic MCP, my friends. There's always going to be a better one out there.

If you were to ask me, however, about the three things I always need to have in my refrigerator, the three things I always make sure to have on hand and in stock at all times, I would realize---rather belatedly and embarrassingly---that those three things are all liquid. They are, in no particular order (though let's face it, number three is by far and away the most important):

1. Half and half

2. Fizzy water

3. A bottle of champagne

The first one needs no explanation; coffee should be drunk with half and half, and any other way is simply an abomination (curiously, this is something I picked up in America; half and half doesn't really exist in England.) The second one is just so fancy---who doesn't feel good when their guest asks for a glass of water and you can say "still or sparkling?" like a person in a restaurant---and the third one is just......well, it's just useful is what it is, because you never know when you're going to need to celebrate something. You know, like the end of another successful Tuesday, for instance, or a particularly good hair day.

What about you? What three things do you always have to have on hand? You're probably going to try and show me up, aren't you, and make one of them edible.

(For the record, my fourth one would be a block of good cheddar cheese. Can we have a fourth one? We can? Excellent, that's my fourth one then. Cheese.)

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Camels & Chocolate
Jan 17, 2010

Yogurt, half and half also, hummus. Oh wait, then what do I eat the hummus on? Hrmmm...

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Nina
Jan 18, 2010

Cheese, tomatoes and a fruit juice.

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Emily
Jan 18, 2010

You should try coffee with heavy whipping cream. I'm sure the weight-loss new year's resolution gods are frowning at me right now, but I swear, it's heaven sent.

My three would be:
1) butter (for all the cooking that goes on, y'know, not just to eat)
2) sour cream (for garnishing soups, burritos, et al.)
3) green onions (though I feel bad about this one because I have been making serious effort to eat seasonal, locally grown produce, and one would be hard-pressed to find green onions growing within many hundreds of miles from Atlanta right now, but they're just so versatile!)

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lisa
Jan 18, 2010

Hmmm....its hard to pick just three. I seem to stock enough food to survive for months (in all fairness living overseas its not at all uncommon for the commissary to run out of brown sugar on a random Tuesday, so I've been forced into hoarding).

1) milk for lattes.
2) eggs.... in a pinch they can be breakfast, lunch OR dinner, right?
3) chocolate chips- for cookies, ice cream topping, rewards for a 4 yr old etc.

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Lizzie
Jan 18, 2010

1. Milk for my 2 dozen cups of tea per day
2. Tzatziki <3
3. Magners cider

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Nicki
Jan 18, 2010

Okay, lately, I'm on this Boursin kick...the garlic and herb. It is the way forward. And I love it. Ummm, and I always have eggs because I figure I'll either behave and have protein for breakfast, or I'll need them for cookies. Seems like cookies are winning more and more.
And the third is a refrigerator pack of Coke. If I haven't had Earl Grey for breakfast and a coke with my lunch, then you probably don't want to know me. It takes a LOT of sugar and caffeine to maintain this kind of happy.

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shan
Jan 18, 2010

My refrigerator right now is actually just a backpack that I'm living out of as I travel around the world. Space is of the essence but I still have: ground coffee, single serving doses of creamer, and...well, item three varies but it's usually a banana.

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Vicki
Jan 18, 2010

I think mine would be:

1) Milk for cups of tea
2) A block of Cheddar cheese
3) A six pack of Corona

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Corie
Jan 18, 2010

I love making these kind of lists, especially when they're food (or liquid) related! My three must-have's would be:

1) Butter. For spreading on toast, the world's most perfect food. In a pinch I can do marg, but there's nothing like the real thing I say.
2) Eggs. For all the reasons cited above.
3) Ketchup. I like to eat it on my eggs, among other things, because I'm classy like that.
4) You said we can do four right? I'm making mayonnaise my number four, because egg salad! Tuna salad! Chicken salad! Yum!

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Christina
Jan 18, 2010

1.) Milk (for cereal, coffee, and baking...although half and half in coffee DOES sound better)
2.) Eggs (for the aforementioned baking of way too many cookies)
3.) Cheese. Any kind, really.

Ah, that's like the emergency grocery list for a snowstorm. My life is not as fancy as I suspected. I have some soul searching to do.

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Jan Ross
Jan 18, 2010

1. Fresca. I am addicted to this stuff lately. And it doesn't make me get out of bed to pee in the middle of the night - no caffeine.

2. Eggs - from free-range chickens. I'm into a whole healthy food thing now.

3. Blueberries - can't get enough of them this winter.

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Blanche
Jan 18, 2010

1-Butter
2-Heavy Whipping Cream
3-Shallots
4-Frozen Chicken Breasts

Coffee, cookies, dinner - it's all covered.

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ris
Jan 18, 2010

1. milk (for cereal and white russians)
2. water (FULL brita cuz I get thirsty)
3. fresca (trying to lay off the diet coke)
HA mine aren't solid food either!

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Tina
Jan 18, 2010

Love to read your blog...
1.) COFFEE...the stronger the roast the better.
2.) Milk (I used to be a half and half gal, but then I spent some time in Spain and became addicted to Cafe con leche.)
3.) Peanut butter (organic no sugar added creamy...does that make me a peanut butter snob?)
And if we are adding a 4th I would say: bacon. (the no nitrates added kind is the BEST) Because...it's pure heaven.

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Raven
Jan 18, 2010

Totally going to gank this for my own blog.

1) Half n half: Coffee, sauces and soups.
2) Butter: Boxes and boxes of unsalted sweet cream butter.
3) Cheese: Many varieties, slices, shreds and whole.

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amber, theAmberShow
Jan 18, 2010

1% milk (pouring half & half in my coffee makes me feel like I'm drinking butter, and having none ruins my day)

beer.

bbq sauce. I could pour it on a brick, call it dinner, and be praised for my culinary brilliance.

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Helen
Jan 18, 2010

1. Ground coffee - got to be strength five.

2. Full fat Greek yoghurt - very versatile, can be used for breakfast, puddings, added to savoury dishes, etc.

3. Cheddar cheese for sandwiches and general cooking. Again, it's got to be at least strength level four, preferably from some small dairy in Somerset where it's been maturing for the past decade and practically walks off the shelf by itself.

Can someone explain what half and half is? I'm guessing half milk and half cream? Definitely not something we have in the UK (although we do have gold top milk if that's similar).

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Kristen
Jan 18, 2010

Oooh, this is a good one.

1. Eggs (even though I know you don't believe in keeping them in the fridge)

2. Soy milk (for coffee or for adding chocolate sauce when I'm thirsty AND hungry AND have a sweet tooth)

3. Crumbled goat cheese (makes salads so much fancier and more exciting, especially when you add avocado and sliced roasted almonds)

4. BONUS FROZEN ITEM: Amy's Kitchen Organic Tamale Verde - Black Bean (Is it cheating to include a frozen meal? I hope not, because this is SO DELICIOUS.)

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Robin
Jan 18, 2010

Besides the usual suspects, like milk and eggs and butter...

1. Cottage cheese
2. Pickles
3. Hummus
4. Cheddar cheese, preferably Cabot (from my great home state of Vermont)

Can you tell from this list that I'm pregnant? The first two items have not always been staples in my fridge, but now they are...

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Annabelle
Jan 18, 2010

Oddly, this has changed since I started, you know, cooking. And *baking*.
1. Eggs. For the aforementioned baking.
2. Butter. Ditto.
3. Regular (light) soy milk.
4. Cheddar cheese. I can't survive without it.

A year ago? It would have been Diet Coke, then maybe eggs (maybe), then maybe cheese. Maybe.

Also? Is there a recipe for the salad? Or did you make it up? Please share.

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Thespian Libby
Jan 18, 2010

half & half
butter for toast and for baking. I sort of hoard butter, actually. If it's on sale I always stock up and throw it in the freezer
champagne because, as you said, you just never know...
and always always Duke's mayonnaise. Just because....

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whoorl
Jan 18, 2010

1. Half and half (AMEN on the coffee comment!)
2. Many kinds of cheese
3. Unfiltered apple juice for Wito

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Angela
Jan 18, 2010

Coke Zero (with rum in best!)
Shallots
Cheese

Oh, and wine, but that's in our wine cooler, not the fridge :)

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marcy
Jan 18, 2010

1) Tortillas. For my famous Tortilla Pie.
2) Enough Diet soda to drug a horse.
3) Salad Dressing. Its like the Mustard Commitment Problem only Dressing Based. I buy a new bottle almost every time I go to the grocery store-- someday I'll find Mr. Right. Or just go granola and start making my own.

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Anna
Jan 18, 2010

I often have the following, among loads of other condiments...

capers
creme fraiche (super easy to make, WAY better than sour cream)
pickles

And I am NOT pregnant.

And I would like to suggest a potential cure for your MCP--Vilux Extra Strong Dijon. There is nothing better in the mustard world, and it comes in a sweet little clay pot with a red top. And my grocery store just stopped carrying it. Bastards.

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Caroline
Jan 18, 2010

MILK. I drink milk every day. And use it for cereal and to make pudding. Yay, dairy!

Fruit. I like my apples cold and crisp.

Baby carrots. When you know you should eat something healthy. : )

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KT
Jan 18, 2010

Cream for coffee.
Cheese.
An onion.

I was just talking to my husband about this over the weekend, though it was about what we always must have in the pantry (which is less full than our fridge). I came up with some good broth, a package of Israeli couscous and some crackers (for the cheese, obviously).

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Samantha
Jan 18, 2010

1. Milk (the most important, I go through like, a gallon every 2 days or so I think?)

2. Fruit Juice (I don't eat fruit because I'm a bad person, but I have 4 kinds of fruit juices in my fridge right now)

3. Cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Because cheese goes with everything.

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Krys
Jan 18, 2010

My three must-haves vary depending on what food obsession I'm currently indulging in. At this time, I'm obsessed with my belgian waffle maker, so I must have:

1) Waffle mix "complete" (i.e. just add water)
2) Real maple syrup for said waffles

Item three is a constant: milk.

But I don't like the stuff and it's really just for husband's tea. Sure, because I love him... but more importantly because I don't want to run into Grumpy Guy at the fridge if there's no milk!

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Lori
Jan 18, 2010

Trader Joe's Grapefruit Juice, yogurt, and low-fat cheese.

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AnEmily
Jan 18, 2010

Now all I can think about is going to Costco and picking up some of those pierogis. I love those.

We always have to have, or we will cry:
coffee
milk(even though I agree that half and half is better in coffee, milk is more practical for our family)
butter

Off to get those little pillows of deliciousness!

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SarahJo
Jan 18, 2010

1. Goat Cheese - love it for crackers, scrambled eggs and pasta.
2. Butter - for baking mostly.
3. Eggs - for breakfast mostly.

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NothingButBonfires
Jan 18, 2010

This is super interesting! I'm sensing a common theme of....DAIRY.

Helen, yes, half and half is exactly what you thought it was: half milk, half cream. And gold top milk is a pretty good comparison!

Annabelle, the Israeli salad recipe is a Smitten Kitchen one. You can find it here. I added feta cheese last night, just because. http://smittenkitchen.com/dev/2007/07/a-salad-palette/5

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Melanie
Jan 18, 2010

My three would be:
Crystal Light: (trying to stop drinking soda so we make Crystal light as an option for something other than water)
Cheese: any kind but usually cheddar
Fat-free frozen yogart: I like a little scoop of frozen yogart after dinner it makes me feel less deprived of yummy food when I'm dieting.

Love your blog!

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Jen
Jan 18, 2010

Butter, salted (for cooking) and un-salted (for baking)

Half and half (no other way to drink coffee - I also prefer raw sugar)

Jar of crisp dill pickles, preferably Vlasic spears

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Annika
Jan 18, 2010

That would be:
1. Butter - for all the reasons mentioned above.
2. eggs
3. cheese - various kinds.

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Twice Five Miles
Jan 18, 2010

Hmm. Mine is rather toddler-centric, but I guess that's to be expected since the boy runs our house these days.

1. Whole milk
2. Cheese
3. Yogurt

Huh. That's also very dairy-centric.

4. If I could pick a fourth, it would be edamame. Or eggs. Wow, this is hard!

1. Diet Coke
2. Bottle of white wine (does it count that there is usually also a bottle of red on the counter?)
3. Block of cheese

Wow. It's getting WILD over at my house!

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ladyloo
Jan 18, 2010

1. 2% Milk
2. Eggs
3. Butter

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Diane
Jan 18, 2010

1. Greek yogurt
2. Apples
3. Cheddar cheese

I think I'm going to make the champagne a regular 4th item this year!

My boyfriend does not believe in actually using the fridge so it's all me.

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Martha
Jan 18, 2010

Agreed on the half and half thing -- when I was living in england, it drove me mad that there was none. I -- rather grossly -- used single cream in my coffee until my pants (er, trousers) got a bit tight and I begrudgingly switched to milk.

Also? Some sort of good cheese (like brie) and a type of berry (usually blueberries.) So I can maintain some semblance of healthy eating.

The champagne I keep in the cupboard - I throw it in the freezer for half an hour if I think I'm going to need it.

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jasmine
Jan 18, 2010

eggs, chocolate and orange juice. can't live without those.

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Laura
Jan 18, 2010

1. Half and half (also for the coffee)
2. Butter
3. Good cheese (usually a blue or a sharp cheddar

Looks like I'm good in the dairy department!

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Brooke Raymond
Jan 18, 2010

1. Eggs. They are a perfect food.
2. Condiments. Really its too many to name and I always have a refrigerator door full of them.
3. Dublin Dr. Pepper. This is a new addiction for me since I moved to Austin. Its Dr. Pepper in cute little 8oz glass bottles made with pure cane sugar. No HFCS.

As for your mustard addiction, I am just going to make it worse by saying that Stonewall Kitchens roasted garlic mustard is divine. Especially in a vinaigrette. Also, this recipe for cider mustard is amazing: http://acraftylass.blogspot.com/2009/10/cider-mustard.html.

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Kristy
Jan 18, 2010

1)Eggs - they make a quick, easy and inexpensive dinner option.
2)Hot Sauce
3)Some type of fancy cheese. No no-name processed cheese-food or kraft singles!

Bonus #4- A good bottle of Pinot Grigio...although in MY fridge, they never last very long!

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Clare
Jan 18, 2010

I love reading everyone's lists!

1. Orange juice. The kind with pulp, lots of. I usually get Tropicana but I was just looking at juicers online so maybe (maybe!) I'll start buying oranges and juicing them instead. Although that seems like a lot of work for the amount of orange juice I drink.

2. Cheese, any kind really.

3. Champagne, for the same reasons you said. Plus it just seems so decadent, even if it was only $10.

4. bonus freezer item: ice cream or frozen yogurt. Or gelato, which is what is currently in there.

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Karen
Jan 18, 2010

1. Heavy whipping cream
2. Tonic water and grapefruit juice
3. Veggies for mirepoix (carrots, onions, and celery)

Half and half has nothing on heavy cream in coffee. Just ask my fat behind. And a splash of it on top of milk in cereal is divine. It's also super yummy in oatmeal with a little brown sugar and butter.

I don't drink a lot of alcohol but when I do, I like to mix half tonic, half grapefruit juice and a shot of tequila. It's like a fizzy margarita.

Veggies...well they're just good to have on hand. They're, healthy (gotta counteract that heavy cream somehow), versatile and can be used in anything from soups to stews, or appetizers to casseroles.
Just can't go wrong there.

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Caroline
Jan 18, 2010

1. Really good cheddar (because the simple combination of really good cheddar & perfectly ripe pears are what the angels eat in heaven. Seriously.)
2. Heavy cream. Because the only thing better than half & half in a cup of coffee is HEAVY CREAM, and my ass is apparently NOT LARGE ENOUGH. P.S. I scrape one whole vanilla bean into the mokka pot before I cook the coffee (a blend of freshly roasted & ground Kona & Kauai beans), and serve the heavenly results over ice, with cream, and that is how my husband and I start every day. Yep, we is spoiled.
3. Butter. Because my ass NEEDS to be the size of Wisconsin. Duh.

My husband's three things would likely be quite different. I wonder what HE would say? Hmmm... I think it would sound something like THIS:

1. Beer, as many different exotic expensive varieties as my wife claims our budget will allow.
2. Smoked meat. Because my wife got me a smoker for Christmas, and now all I want to put in my mouth are beer, smoked meat, and...
3. Hot sauce. Because the delicious combination of beer, hot sauce, and smoked meat is what the angels eat in heaven.

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Margosita
Jan 18, 2010

Ha, this is a great post with many great answers. Eggs seem to be showing up a lot on this list!

My three are (9 days out of ten):

1. Diet Coke.

2. Leftovers (either take-out or something I make myself... with only me in my apartment there is always left over food)- but is this cheating?

3. Mayo. Not because I love it, but because it doesn't go bad and I buy the large jars.

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hillary
Jan 18, 2010

sparkling water
cheese
apples

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kat
Jan 18, 2010

have you tried the oakville champagne mustard? it is AMAZING. especially with pretzels.

we always have milk, butter and eggs in our fridge. (and juice). so we'd be set on serving you some eggs if you came over. but no dice on the still or sparkling water.

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HIp Hip Gin Gin
Jan 18, 2010

1. Olives
2. Sour cream
3. At least one open bottle of wine

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Amanda Blog and Kiss
Jan 18, 2010

I think Lizzie up there at comment number 5 was looking in my fridge when she wrote that...

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Monica
Jan 18, 2010

Ok seriously we have to stop with the cheese, but I have to agree with everyone else, since my fridge has cheese galore!

I don't have champagne but Prosecco (which is the same thing, ok maybe not, but close enough)

And dude! NUTELLA or Sweetened Condense Milk for something sweet at a moment notice, a spoonful of either and I’m done.

And the forth thing? Milk

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beyond
Jan 18, 2010

i love reading these lists
1) 1 or 2% milk, mostly for cereal.
2) (real!) cheese
3) butter
my number four is a rotation of eggs, hummus, veggies, homemade jam, marinated artichoke hearts, pizza dough...

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Kerry
Jan 18, 2010

1) Cheddar Cheese
2) Carrots
3) Olde Cape Cod Honey Mustard. I also have a mustard problem, but this can be added to salad dressing, used on crackers with the cheese, or as a dip for carrots. It's basically the bomb

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marymuses
Jan 18, 2010

I really need a list of six items. Can I do that? Six is double the amount, but in this case more is better, right? This way I am always prepared.

1. 1% milk (local, in a glass bottle, please)
2. half and half
3. butter
4. cheese (usually a cheddar and a something else)
5. onions
6. eggs (from my parents' chickens!)

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Sarah Anne
Jan 18, 2010

if you're looking for perfect mustards, i have one of the chosen few.

it is trader joe's garlic aioli mustard, and it is DELICIOUS.

we literally finish the whole jar in under two days.

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Kimberly
Jan 18, 2010

- half & half (couldn't agree more)
- eggs (quiche, omelets, cookies - the foundation of many solid choices)
- fizzy fruit-flavored water (it's the only way I can choke down the daily H20 rec.)

My fourth would be a jar of garlic (because I'm a lazy mid-week cook, I buy the jarred pre-crushed kind).

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Amy
Jan 18, 2010

A good cheese, Carr's Table Water Crackers, and a decent bottle of wine. And it's sad how many times I've consumed my supply of those items all by myself.

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Alyce
Jan 18, 2010

Butter
Mayonnaise (Best Foods/Hellman's ONLY)
Kraft American Cheese 2% milk slices

They seem like mere accouterments, but they're always in my fridge so I guess I value them.

We only have 5 types of mustard in our fridge currently, and one unopened in the pantry. I'd call it a sickness, but I'm not calling a doctor.

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Alyce
Jan 18, 2010

And a box of Arm & Hammer baking soda. I forgot to add that, although we don't eat it.

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NGS
Jan 18, 2010

Eggs, yogurt, and cheese (preferably cheddar, but I'll deal with mozzarella, Colby, or Swiss). Cold filtered water. And with that, I could survive a blizzard.

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Emily
Jan 18, 2010

1) Good ol' classic cheddar cheese
2) Perrier (this is fairly recent, but I love having it on hand to tone down the sweetness factor of juice)
3) Baby carrots. Ya know, for vision and whatnot.

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Sarah B.
Jan 18, 2010

Having been married to a professional chef, I can shed some insight on the empty refrigerator.

A professional chef is usually at work 12 hours a day and they usually eat their meals in their work kitchen. They also will bring leftovers home with them if they need food.

When they do get home, the LAST thing they are going to want to do is 1. cook, 2. bother to cook something decent in their kitchen that doesn't have a quarter of the awesomeness of their work kitchen (unless they are a rich celebrity chef that has a show kitchen). Thus: frozen pizza and pierogies.

Me: eggs, butter, almond butter, frozen bonus: organic baby peas.

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ChrisB
Jan 18, 2010

1. FRS
2. mozzarella
3. nut butter

the frozen bonus: pistachio gelato

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Patricia Brooke
Jan 18, 2010

Someone tell Nina not to keep tomatoes in the fridge. And, props for its name: Mustard Girl Sweet and Fancy.

I'm going to eliminate the staples like eggs and milk and the range of condiments that will never expire.

Just so I fit in liquids: bubbly water (which is somehow less sophisticated when I call it that) and champagne (a habit I affected about a year ago)

My three things:
1. Olives
2. Walnuts and dried cranberries
3. Tofurkey (sorry)

And always in the freezer:
1) potstickers (and dope . . um, er, herbs)

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Alison
Jan 19, 2010

1. Miso (usually white)
2. Yogurt
3. Hmm... probably kimchi.

As a bonus, the three things I wish were always in my refrigerator:

1. Peanut butter (so hard to find good peanut butter here!)
2. Cranberry juice (ditto)
3. Baba ghanoush

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Sutswana
Jan 19, 2010

beyond the staples, I must have:
peanut butter
chocolate yogurt
apples

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Maggie
Jan 19, 2010

I have a condiment problem. I *think* I need 5 different varieties of salad dressing, at least 2 varieties of jam, mustards, hot sauces, etc...but, in the interest of truly stripping down to what's important...
1. Champagne or sweet white wine (usually several bottles of both)
2. Milk (because I have an unhealthy obsession with cereal)
3. Cheese (either goat cheese or sharp cheddar)
And because we're allowed...
4. 100% cranberry juice, because I am prone to UTI's, and like to think this keeps them at bay...

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jennifer
Jan 19, 2010

ooh, this is fun! I'd say my top three are:

1) eggs
2) butter
3) cheddar or feta

also, thought you guys would get a kick out of this - very intriguing slide show of different families around the world showing what they eat in a typical week:

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519_1373664,00.html

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Rebecca
Jan 19, 2010

Spinach (for wilting by the ton into spaghetti sauce so I get my greens in without having to really deal with the reality of eating spinach)

Fage 2% (miracle yogurt! the yogurt of yogurts!)

Frozen leftover shredded roast chicken (for stir frying with a bit of crumbled bacon so I have a decadent smoky pasta dish)

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charise
Jan 19, 2010

1) Eggs, because yeah, they can be eaten for any meal in so many ways and are a good source of protein.

2) Vanilla soy milk - it's what the boy has every day in his cereal (lactose intolerant)and I happen to love it in tea and coffee and oatmeal.

3) Cheese of some sort - excellent for finishing off dishes or salads for flavor while keeping things fairly healthy, and also my favorite snack with crackers or bread.

4) If we get a fourth thing, it would definitely be a 6-pack of a seasonal microbrew.

If we can go to the freezer, than one of my items would definitely be a couple bags of frozen spinach, another very versatile ingredient.

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charise
Jan 19, 2010

1) Eggs, the versatile every-meal food.

2) Vanilla soy milk - the boy has it every day with his cereal (lactose intolerant) and I love it in tea, coffee, and oatmeal.

3) Cheese of some sort - great for finishing off a dish or salad for flavor/creaminess while keeping things fairly healthy, plus my favorite snack with bread or crackers.

4) My fourth thing would be either frozen spinach, if we can go to the freezer, because it's another versatile item that can be used in so many dishes to ramp up nutrition.

If no freezer, than definitely a 6-pack of microbrew.

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Nissa
Jan 19, 2010

1) cheese
2) butter
3) yogurt

I hope I never develop lactose intolerance!!

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Allie
Jan 19, 2010

Hmmm. Tempted to put the /actual/ three things I always have in the fridge: Bombay Sapphire, tonic and key limes.

*blush*

For my less closet-alcoholic days:

1. Trader Joe's orange-flavored fizzy water (to drink alone or to add to orange juice...mmm)

2. peach or mango salsa

3. eggs - the most versatile meal /ever/

4. (we get 4, right?!) cheese - for obvious reasons

(I used to keep a tub of TJ's artichoke lemon pesto on hand at all times, as this was one of three ingredients in a fast, delicious, impress-the-heck-out-of-everybody dinner, but they've DISCONTINUED it. I cried a little in the store when the ever-so-slightly hippyish employee informed me of this. What happened to us, Trader Joe's? We used to be so close! Why would you hurt me like this?!)

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amanda
Jan 19, 2010

My three things would be
1) skim milk,
2) a couple blocks of cheese, and
3) butter

So, really just milk in various forms.

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Liz
Jan 19, 2010

1. Mayonnaise (goes with everything!)
2. Best-Maid Sweet Pickles (every other sweet pickle is wrong--soft and squishy and cinnamony. Not correc at all)
3. Cabbage (truly, I can't remember the last time there wasn't cabbage in the fridge)

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Amanda
Jan 19, 2010

1) water - my water kind of sucks to drink from the tap and Im not a fan of bottled water so my Brita is always in the fridge

2) Eggs - cause I love them and use them with so much stuff

3) Ketchup - think its a canadian thing

*cheese, mayo and butter are VERY close for the next spots

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jubeedoo
Jan 19, 2010

Oh! I was just thinking about this last night as I surveyed the remnants of last week's shop in my fridge:

1. Cheese.

2. Sour cream.

3. Coca-cola. (Real coke, none of that diet or zero stuff, eww.)

If I go for four, it's either milk or eggs or fresh veges - all of which I always have, but it's the three things above I cannot imagine ever being without.

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Marisa
Jan 19, 2010

1. Butter. Toast is a staple!
2. Cheese, parmesan and cheddar. If only middle-aged gouda was easier to find and cheaper in the US!
3. Eggs are always a good backup.

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Rachel
Jan 19, 2010

You love mustard? There's a mustard museum in my hometown (Madison, Wisconsin). There are shelves and shelves of mustard jars behind glass. They play movies about mustard, and then they have a store with hundreds of varieties of mustards.

I just moved to Oakland in September from Madison. If we ever become off-internet friends (and, not to be creepy, but was one daydream I had about moving out here, that you and I would meet and become friends), I can give you some really good mustard-museum mustard.

Now I'm a girl who wrote too much about mustard. Yikes.

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Kathleen
Jan 20, 2010

Besides the obvious (milk, eggs, butter) :

1. Pesto
2. Coffee beans
3. Cream cheese

i love your post !

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Regina
Jan 20, 2010

1.Prosecco. Because it is bar none the best beverage known to man.
2.Bread for toast, sandwiches, French toast, grilled cheese...
3.Hellman's mayonnaise. Because it makes anything taste good and can be used to make sauce, dip or salad dressing.
My fourth would also have to be cheese either cheddar or cream cream cheese.

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ScottsdaleGirl
Jan 20, 2010

Mayonnaise, Pickles, Black Olives

Diet Coke, Baileys, Champagne

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samantha
Jan 20, 2010

1. Milk, because I still drink glasses of milk and swear that this is why I don't get SAD like everyone else in the Pacific Northwest

2. champagne, because obviously

3. minced garlic, because I hate chopping garlic but love cooking with it.

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Lacretia
Jan 20, 2010

1. Champagne
2. Champagne
3. Champagne

Oh. That's not allowed? Fine then:

1. Skim milk
2. Fat free yogurt
3. Fat free cheese

Wow. Without the champagne, I seem like I should just gather up my pennies and go get a cow or something (but a skinny cow, apparently).

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susie
Jan 20, 2010

When I was living in Belfast I picked up the habit of treating myself to coffee, with a dash of half-cream (is that the same as half and half?), a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a spoon of sugar. Mmm...coffee, creamy, sugar goodness to get me through the exam.

ANYWAY, my three things would be...yoghurt, milk, and any sort of crunchy vegetable (carrots, cucumbers, even celery). I'm not a health freak I just need crunch.

The thing is, most of my food essentials are not of the refrigerated variety. (Chocolate, bread and Chocolate.)

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Lindsay
Jan 20, 2010

1. Cheese
2. Diet Coke
3. Whole wheat tortillas
4. Wine

p.s. just discovered this page today and it's been one unproductive day at work....

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Rhi
Jan 20, 2010

1. Bubbly
2. Sour Cream (it goes on EVERYTHING)
3. Fancy Cheese

Also, I just bought Herbes de Provence Mustard. DELIGHTFUL.

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