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What's For Dinner #173 - the Empty-the-Fridge-Before-American-Thanksgiving Edition [old]

Yup. Just a few days away from the biggest food day of the American year. People across the country are peering into their fridges and freezers and wailing "WHERE are we going to fit everything?" Which means you're eating down the fridge/freezer to MAKE room. (Thank goodness I have a spare fridge and chest freezer in the garage!)

So - what are you doing to open up some space in said appliance in time for Turkey and Football Day?

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  1. As for me, I took out a small foil loaf pan of baked ziti last night to defrost. It was popped into the convection oven sprinkled with some mozzarella. Can't get any simpler than that! A small salad and it's dinner.

    Oh yeah - and a nice glass of WINE. Of course. It's Friday - AND it's the start to a weeklong vacation for me....although I will be doing some work-work both tonight at home and a bit on Monday checking out the site for our Company holiday party - but I'm *not* at the office. That's key.

    So..... :::::Clink:::::: Happy Staycation to ME!

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      When I worked when my son was little, he would ask me every morning if it was a working day or a staying day. Enjoy your staying days!

      1. re: roxlet

        Aww roxlet, I loved your post! How sweet.

        1. re: roxlet

          I like staying days. Although I do eventually want an away week somewhere. I will be working on that, perhaps visiting friends elswhere in the country. :-)

        2. re: LindaWhit

          Awww, good for you LW. You deserve some time at home. So..... :::::Clink:::::: Happy Staycation to YOU! And I'm with you. I am lucky to have an extra fridge and freezer!

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Have fun Linda. We invest so much time and money making our homes our sanctuaries but never seem to take enough time to enjoy them. Do enjoy your stay-cation, I'll live vicariously...except for the wine part...Clink, right back at 'ya!!

          2. Just one more day before the delivery of our new fridge on Sunday - YAY!!!! Thus, my fridge is already empty - lol!!! The few things (mostly cheeses & condiments) that I have left are outside on the deck in coolers.

            Tonight we just had a takeout mushroom pizza from one of our favorite local spots, but it was a good one, & was absolutely completely covered with mushrooms.

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            1. re: Bacardi1

              Oh, Bacardi1 - you so have me drooling. I love ANYTHING mushroom, especially pizza. (insert drip, drip, drip, wipe drool here) :-)

              And congrats on the new fridge!!!! Way to start a clean holiday!

              1. re: Bacardi1

                Enjoy the an-ti-ci-pay-yay-shun of waiting for the new appliances! And enjoy your shroomy pizza. :-)

                1. re: Bacardi1

                  Tell us about your new fridge Barcardi...what did you decide on?

                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                    Nothing exciting at all -in fact pretty much just bare basics. Our home was built by the original owner as a sort of 2nd vacation/hunting home, so the kitchen & allocated spaces for appliances were made for bare basics. Thus, our fridge, range, & dishwasher (which we originally had to remove some cabinets in order to have at all) have to fit the available space, which doesn't always leave a lot of options. But that's okay. It's just the 2 of us, & we're adaptable. We did notice that things for basic models have been dumbed down a lot since we bought the original models 15 years ago, but so be it. The only change we made was to a top freezer instead of a bottom one, because my knees are pretty crapped out & accessing our current bottom freezer was getting difficult. A top freezer will be better, as pulling out bottom crisper drawers in the fridge will be easier to deal with.

                    http://www.sears.com/kenmore-21.0-cu-...

                    1. re: Bacardi1

                      That fridge looks and sounds very similar to a fridge we purchased for my Mom Bacardi and the freezer on the bottom is a great option. Our own fridge (a Kitchenaid that I can't wait to get rid of but it just keeps on going!!) has a top freezer and I'd so much prefer to convenience of having it on the bottom.

                      Enjoy your fridge Bacardi, it's always fun to have something new!!

                2. What? We're supposed to be cleaning it out? Sheesh... with all that the stores are giving away and all the coupons my frige is stuffed so full its unbelievable. We can't even find anything its so full.

                  The deals were too good to pass up, though..... I got $120 of groceries for about $50 this week and I'm not one of those crazy coupon people (we don't eat packaged food so coupons usually do me no good,) it was just the store rewards coupons and 3X points if I use that coupon for butter and 5X points if you use rewards, etc..... next thing I know we're stuffed to the gills with groceries!

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                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                    Ooh! Yes. :::::Must get butter!::::: And *great* savings on whatever you got, weezie.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      I bought 10 pounds of butter.... I go through so much of it with Christmas baking and $1.80 a pound was too good to resist!

                      I swear I'm normally not a food hoarder at all. Just around the holidays.

                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                        WOW. $1.80 a pound is a great price! Closest I can get is probably $2.50.

                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                          Agree with Linda - where did you find the butter at that price?

                          1. re: tannline

                            Fresh and Easy. Its $2.49 and there is a 60 cent off coupon with no limit, it even says to scan it once for each one you purchase. The coupons come in the email you get when you sign up for their "Friends" card. The $10 off $50 is also in the mail every week.

                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                              Ahh...West Coast-based. Nothing like that way over here. ------ >

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                We have NOTHING like that in my part of the west coast in PNW! I wish! No fresh'n easy stores here....

                                1. re: gingershelley

                                  been waiting for the F&E to open up blocks away for over a year!

                    2. Its looking like Beef Stroganoff sans noodles plus roasted cauliflower. Probably some quickly wilted spinach and Earthbound Farms "power greens" blend to go with (which will clear a large container from the crowded frige. The stroganoff will rid the frige of the rest of the sour cream and some plain Fage... there is a method to the madness tonight!)

                      ETA: I made two lattice top baby caramel apple pies in ramekins with the leftover apple slices we had taken to Disneyland with us earlier in the week. They are too cute!

                      1. as for cleaning out the fridge for thxgiving.... not sure yet if we're staying home and cooking for the Oldster, or taking him out to some place that is palatable to both he and my sister & i. we currently have a res at a seafood (for us)/prime rib (for him) place - kinda generic food with kitschy decor... Just not sure what the old guy would prefer - getting out, or staying in. Hey, i think i'll ask him!

                        the BF doesn't celebrate anything (except me!) and so will be at home. which means i may make us a mini thxgiving dinner Friday. ve shall see...

                        as for dinner tonight, the BF took the last of our leftover pork shoulder and bathed it in a gravy he made with the pan juices mixed with a couple tablespoons of my leftover vindaloo sauce. very tasty. with that, he made his version of blitva, a potato/chard dish we had in Croatia, but using kale because we had it. green salad. very nice, all of it, comfort food for sure on a rainy night.

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                        1. re: mariacarmen

                          I just had some really good oldster food- made my tummy so happy. We went to a different place for breakfast because it was near the enormous grocery store and their special was corned beef hash benedict. I love hash and I love hollandaise. There were poached eggs on top and english muffins under the home made hash and the hollandaise was served on the side. Turns out they have new cooks from Albania. Your remark about Croatia got me thinking- maybe a hidden gem in the culinary world. Blitva sounded gross until I saw the ingredients which are two of my favorite foods.
                          So we shopped and now the fridge is packed again and tonight I'm making a chicken casserole with mushrooms because I have leftover cooked breasts and a splash of heavy cream to use up, Egg noodles and peas will be the other ingredients. Getting a turkey on Wednesday when I have some room. Bags of veggies can live in the car which is the back up fridge when we have a lot of food to store. Beer and wine on the balcony.

                          1. re: Berheenia

                            That hash/benedict sounds like the best of several worlds BH - yum!

                            1. re: Berheenia

                              What restaurant and where, please?

                              1. re: sydthekyd

                                Westbury Restaurant in West Roxbury which is part of Boston Mass. Sort of a tarted up diner.

                              2. re: Berheenia

                                that breakfast sounds TO DIE FOR. my oldster doesn't like hollandaise, tho, but i'd totally make/eat that.

                                Blitva is REALLY good! try them! this link seems like the real deal, as we had them in Croatia, even though it's from some Low GI blogger's site. http://lowgicooking.com/babas-blitva/ sub in swiss chard for the "silver root".