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Where Bloggers Live: What's in My Refrigerator

Welcome back to the monthly edition of Where Bloggers Live! I am lucky to have joined a terrific group of bloggers who give a peek into the places and spaces where they spend their time.

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Today's topic is What's in My Refrigerator...and I will be showing you 10 items that I usually have on hand, categorized according to rabbit food groupings.


Food


When people think "rabbit food," salad is what comes to mind...and that's not wrong. Fresh vegetables and fruits are in the Food category. Even though I'm not feeding rabbits, I do like for at least some of my groceries to be rabbit approved. Here are 3 that get two ears up from bunnies:


1-Living Butter Lettuce


Short of stealing lettuce directly from Mr. McGregor's garden, this is as fresh and delicious as lettuce gets! I love the softness and slightly sweet taste of butter lettuce. Crisp and/or bitter greens have their place, but for day in, day out eating, I rely on butter lettuce. (I also really like spinach but it has a very high oxalate content, so it is not a good idea for those of us with a history of kidney stones!) The lettuce with the roots attached stay fresh so much longer than normal lettuce that it's my strong preference. Rather than putting lettuce on a taco, sandwich, hamburger, etc. or making a salad, I eat my lettuce sort of rabbit style...which is to say, my husband washes a bunch of it and puts in a big bowl, then I just eat it (along with whatever else I'm having).

Live butter lettuce

2-Cherry Tomatoes


Garden fresh tomatoes are definitely the best, but when it comes to store-bought, I am a big fan of the little tomatoes that are firm and fairly flavorful...and don't need to be cut up. I will pop them like candy directly from the fridge in addition to eating with a giant bowl of lettuce as the Food component of my meal.


3-Baby Cut Carrots


Also edible directly from the fridge, baby carrots function as what my dad calls a "salad dressing delivery system" and what my husband calls a "vector for salad dressing" in my diet. Unlike rabbits, I prefer to slime up my carrots with ranch dressing (or roast them). My husband is playing a science fiction video game set in outer space in which the carrot is described as "long considered the favorite food of Earth rabbits." Our mini rexes definitely bore that out; they were obsessed. But only with baby cut carrots. When my husband once fed them regular, unpeeled carrot that he'd cut into strips, they were distinctly unimpressed. They wanted the sweet, juicy goodness of the baby cut carrot.

Carrots and tomato

Maybe Food


There are items that fit into a "maybe food, maybe not food" grey area for rabbits because they are predominantly made from plants and have a food-like quality (even though they are by no means something anyone should feed to bunnies). An always-present Maybe Food in our fridge is...


4-Flour Tortillas


Regular for Mr. St Paul and whole wheat for me, flour tortillas are a necessity for chicken wraps, soft tacos, and the lovely breakfast taquito. Ignore that thing on the tortilla package where they suggest you can heat them in the microwave. No! A wet microwaved tortilla is a travesty. Warm up over medium high heat on a dry cast iron skillet until they start to puff up and get a bit crunchy. Yum.

Tortillas

Used-to-be Food, aka Ruined Food


Yep, humans like to take perfectly good Food and ruin it in all kinds of ways. For example, we've already discussed my habit of covering baby cut carrots in slime or desiccating and charring them. But sometimes Used-to-be Food comes to us pre-ruined for our convenience, as with...


5-Salsa


We always have 3 types of Pace brand salsa in our fridge:

Medium picante sauce for Mr. St Paul, for all purposes;

Medium chunky salsa for me, for cooking;

Medium Restaurant Style salsa for me, for eating with tortilla chips.


I once knew someone who didn't have a preferred brand or type of salsa. She said she'd just buy whatever was on sale. WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?!

Salsa

6-Iced Green Tea


I had not considered my favorite beverage to be a potential Ruined Food until my husband pointed out that green tea is made from leaves, which as a general category is Food. It's actually unclear whether rabbits are harmed by Camellia sinensis, though this study suggests to me that it should probably be avoided by bunnies. (I used to drink iced black tea but that is another very high oxalate item I now stay completely away from.)

Iced green tea

Not Food


Some things never have been, never will be Food...and this includes anything derived from animals. A lot of Not Food gets eaten in this house, including...


7-Eggs


Yes, eggs, every. Single. Day. Hence this towering edifice of egg cartons for a household of 2 people. My husband has perfected the slightly fluffy scrambled egg, which I prefer to the flat scrambled egg, but he considers poached eggs out of scope. So I only get to eat poached eggs when my mom is around to cook them. What? Something about You could learn to poach your own eggs...uh, I think I must have misheard you. Scrambled egg not made by me > any egg made by me, you know? The last time I made scrambled eggs, I just about killed people with the truly excessive amount of black pepper I added to them.

Eggs

Three other common Not Food items made an appearance in the photos above, including...


8-Deli meat for sandwiches, next to the tea;

9-Uncooked meat waiting to be cooked, next to the tortillas;

10-One dish meals packaged in individual Pyrex containers to be heated up in the microwave; under the carrots, I have chicken and black bean "chilaquiles" (made with unfried corn tortillas so more of a layered Mexican lasagna than true chilaquiles; tasty, whatever the name).


I will point out that I didn't take photos of two Not Food items my husband absolutely relies upon that I don't eat myself...


11-Milk & 12-Malted milk powder


And no, he is not 100 years old, nor (to my knowledge) did he time travel from the past; he just really likes drinking malted milk! Malt is a flavor that seems much less popular even than when I was a kid. But do you know who else liked malt? Yep. Our mini rex rabbits! We gave them a dab of Petromalt malt-flavored hairball preventative gel each day and they ate it enthusiastically like it was a wonderful treat. It's funny...when they were staying with the rabbit foster lady while we were on vacation one time, she reported that she was amazed and delighted by how eagerly our bunnies went after the Petromalt, while the other rabbits had to be cajoled into taking it. They say mini rex rabbits are 90% stomach...and that is not inconsistent with our pair!


Now that we've reviewed the inside of the fridge, let's take a moment to look at the front of it.


We have a giant poster of birds from Audubon or the like that takes up the majority of the real estate. (I actually have a second poster that I've set aside to make into paper beads.)

Giant bird poster

I love all kinds of big cats, so when I saw this cute little lion figure at a craft store (Michael's, probably), I decided to add a magnet to the back to use as a dishwasher clean/dirty indicator. But the lion was always lyin' so I gave up on that and now just enjoy it for itself.

Lion

A freebie card with a little big cat on it that I couldn't resist adding to the fridge line-up. Look at that cute mustache.

Young cheetah

Finally, this lion is the most recent addition to our fridge door. It was on sale for $0.00 (I know, what?) at Rifle Paper Co. when I placed an order for my 2024 planner so I "bought" it. When it arrived, I turned it over back side up and gave it to my husband, saying "Now give it to me." He did. I turned it over and exclaimed, "Oh thank you, it's so sweet!" and stuck it up on the fridge. It was the perfect for-no-reason card for my husband to give me because he calls my hair a lion's mane. And even though I 100% picked it out and ordered it myself, I still love it because the lion is adorable and the sentiment is true. Sure, not exactly a Hallmark moment...though if they could normalize women picking out cards for themselves on behalf of the men in their lives, they could probably sell a lot more cards, haha.

Mane Squeeze card

Thanks for joining me in sharing what's in (and on) my refrigerator. I will continue to eat some rabbit-approved Food each day and hope that you will do the same.

Rabbit with Food

Next month's topic is How I Manage Savings/Budget..and I have to say, I am really not an expert in this area, and I'm not sure that rabbits will have a lot to add to the topic (though I know that they do love to practice exponential growth...).


In the meantime, visit these lovely bloggers as they share their refrigerator contents:


Bettye at Fashion Schlub


What items are staples in your refrigerator? Do you have favorites in the categories of Food, Maybe Food, Ruined Food, and Not Food? Does anyone in your household like malt flavor? What's on the outside of your fridge?


Blogs I link up with are listed here.

16 comments

16 Comments


mimifce
Feb 14

I really need to add more fresh veggies and fruits in the coming months: I really want to cut down on how much sweets I eat and I need some alternatives for snack time!

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Feb 14
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I hear you, Mireille. Packaged carb snacks are so easy to grab and eat, and tasty too, that they become a default for me. I have better luck with fruit & veg that are also grab and eat than ones I need to do any work to prepare. Need to channel my inner rabbit at snack time!

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Jennifer's Memory-Keeping
Jennifer's Memory-Keeping
Feb 12

I love butter lettuce and cherry tomatoes. I almost always have salsa in my fridge, too. Thank you for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #25 linkup.

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Feb 13
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Always nice to meet a fellow salsa lover! :D

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Bettye L. Rainwater
Bettye L. Rainwater
Feb 12

WOW that's a lotta eggs! I do love a wonderfully fluffy scrambled egg, but it is just sort of beyond me. I think I'm too impatient and turn the heat up higher than I should. My ex-husband, who couldn't stand eggs or the smell of eggs, used to make me perfect scrambled eggs (he had his moments).


I've been wanting to get eggs here but back home I could easily find a half-dozen carton and here I cannot. And fridge space is at such a premium, so...


I also love tortillas - both flour and corn. Flour for melting cheese and layering with chicken (or more cheese)...and corn just for heating up in the pan then slathering with butter YUM.…


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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Feb 12
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Yep, I am all about the eggs. It's like the perfect food (or not-food in rabbit parlance). My scrambled eggs are problematic because I WAY over-pepper them. Like crazy amount of pepper. Nothing beats a tortilla made from scratch, but crisping store-bought ones up a bit on the stove and adding at a minimum cheese is so good. I hadn't really thought through what "genres" of food would be routinely available in Korea. I'd have a tough time without my Tex-Mex. (Who am I kidding? That would be the least of my worries if I moved to Korea and was trying to learn Korean, haha.)

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Daenel T
Daenel T
Feb 11

I keep cherry tomatoes too. Although, I don’t think they’re called cherry tomatoes. Whatever they are, they come in a carton and they’re multicolored and multi-flavored. I eat them like candy as well. I don’t think I’ve ever had butter lettuce but I’m curious.

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Feb 11
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Yes, any of those grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, whatever they call the little guys you can pop like candy, so good!

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mlrbanks57
Feb 10

Hmmm...it took me a little minute to get the Food vs Non-Food, but once I did, it made perfect sense. I must beg to differ on warming tortillas in the microwave! I love mine soft rather than crunchy! Eggs...I make them for Mike every day. I just got an Always Pan, and I cannot get them to brown and be fluffy like I could in my old Calphalon pan. I may have to bring it out of its den. One of the things I like about my stainless steel refrigerator is the inability to put things on the front of it! I do have the one side covered by things, though!


Fun post, Sally!


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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Feb 10
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Nice to hear from a soft microwaved tortilla fan! And here I thought those instructions were silly but now I know that's a genuine preference. I definitely don't like my scrambled eggs browned, so our pan works for us, but how annoying that your new pan doesn't cook 'em like the old one. I admit I sometimes eat eggs twice a day because they're just so easy and I don't like cooking :D

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