What’s in My Fridge

I don’t claim to be a super healthy eater, a gourmet DIY at-home cook, or anything special. I’m just a regular wife & mom cooking for her family. So, with that, I thought I’d share what I’m hoarding in my fridge.

Main section:

Fridge 2

Top shelf: Chicken stock, Miracle Whip, Ragu Original pasta sauce (used as pizza sauce!), spicy pickled beans, garlic stuffed green olives, pickles (extra garlic), International Delight French Vanilla coffee cream, unsweetened apple sauce (for Isla’s lunches), antipasto, Philadelphia light Garden Vegetable cream cheese, sour cream, Gerber apple & prune juice (for Isla).
Middle shelf: Large eggs, feta cheese, Source Superfruit yogurt, Laughing Cow cheese, old bag of mushrooms that probably needs to be thrown out.
Middle drawer: Marble cheese, 1/2 a red onion, turkey deli meat, cucumber (also probably needs to be thrown out), pizza meat variety pack.
Bottom shelf: Brita water filter, milk, juice, beer (Sleeman’s – left here by a friend), leftover macaroni & cheese, leftover homemade chicken soup, bacon.
Crispers: Green leaf lettuce, celery, carrots

Door:

Fridge 1

 

Top right mini-shelf: Parmesan cheese herb mixture, a hard-boiled egg
Second right mini-shelf: Kraft tarter sauce, Dry active yeast (expired, so I guess it’s not very active anymore), French’s mustard, Frank’s Red Hot sauce, dijon mustard, take-out packets of soy sauce because I hoard them
Top left shelf: More International Delight French Vanilla coffee cream, Kraft real shredded parmesan cheese (SO must tastier than the dry stuff!), whipped cream, homemade (store-bought) strawberry jam, acidophilus
First big shelf: Milk, Bullseye Original Bold BBQ sauce, salsa, Golden Italian salad dressing, China Lily soy sauce, Kikkoman soy sauce (yes, 2 kinds of soy sauce – I like Kikkoman, Kyle likes China Lily. There is no compromise), Real Lemon juice, ketchup
Bottom shelf: Mott’s Clamato juice, plum sauce, more beer (again – left here by friends/family)

So there you go! My fridge always has something to munch on!

What’s in YOUR fridge?

 

 

Sometimes I Bake Stuff

Every now and then I feel super ambitious and want to try and bake something amazing. My cooking skills in general are pretty average (like right now I’m suppose to be thinking of something for dinner but I’m blogging instead …), but I like to think that I’m a slightly better baker. I’m no Wonder Woman when it comes to the oven, but I could probably pull off most things as long as the recipe wasn’t too crazy and complicated.

A couple weeks ago I decided that I wanted to make a pie. A rhubarb-strawberry pie, to be exact, but Kyle’s not a huge fan of the flavour so I decided to go with a good ol’ apple pie. Who doesn’t like apple pie? We happen to have an idiot-proof recipe book called “Clueless in the Kitchen,” from which I’ve also made the most amazing chocolate cake, so I figured I’d give the pie and crust recipe a try!

So, the recipe for the crust is:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • cold water

Mix the flour and sugar together in a bowl. Cut the shortening into chunks and add it to the bowl and with a pastry blender (or a pair of forks or knives), blend the mixture until it looks crumbly and similar to oatmeal or bread crumbs. Crack the egg into a measuring cup and add the vinegar. Whisk it all together, and then add cold water. (I used enough to make the mixture measure out to a ½ cup.) Pour the liquid into the bowl of shortening and flour, and mix until it’s just all combined. Separate the dough into two halves and refrigerate  for at least an hour before using. It makes enough for a 9″ pie plate!

My dough balls :)

Now for the good part – the filling!

Recipe:

  • 4 cups apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (I used 6 medium-sized Gala apples):

Apples – Before!

Peeled apples! This took me FOREVER because I don’t have one of those fancy peeler/corer/slicer things.

  • 2 tbsp plain dry bread crumbs (I have no idea why, but Kyle thinks it has something to do with soaking up some of the excess liquid from the fruit)
  • ½ to 1 cup sugar (I used about ¾ cup of sugar because the Gala is a sweeter apple. If you use a more tart apple like a Granny Smith, use the full 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 425°F.

Roll out one half of the dough on a well-floured surface into a circle about 1″ larger than your pie pan. Gently fold it in half, then half again, and place it in the bottom of your pan. Take a knife and trim any excess dough so everything is even with the pan. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the bottom of the base.

Now – add the sugar, flour and cinnamon to the apple mixture. Mix it all together until everything is well blended, and then dump it all into the pie pan with a “mound” in the middle.

“Seasoned” apples in the pie pan!

Roll out the remaining half of the pie crust the same size as the bottom and repeat: Gently fold into quarters and place it on top of the filling. Trim any excess dough from the sides so the dough meets the edge of the pan, then pinch the bottom and top crusts together. Now, poke a few holes into the top crust, and you’ll have something that looks like this:

Ready to hit the oven!

Put it in the oven for 45-50 minutes until the fruit is tender and bubbling. I went with 45 minutes because my oven runs hot. And then?

A little brown, but all done!

Delicious pie! Mine turned out a wee bit dark on top, but overall, it was really good! Kyle gives it 4 out of 5 stars. He’s my toughest critic, so I’ll take that as a big win! He figures the crust could use a ½ tsp of salt, but he thought it was really good for my first crack at homemade, from scratch, pie.  Go me!

And of course – I had to have ice cream with my slice:

Bon Appetite!

What’s your favourite flavour of pie? With or without ice cream? Cheese on top?

Oh, How Pinteresting!

Ah, Pinterest – so full of pretty little things that I probably never will try! Very rarely do I actually do any of the crafts or DIY projects I find (except for this one) or try out any of the recipes – Until last week!!

A few weeks ago I came across this pin:

Which actually from blogger Leana at A Small Snippet. So – if you visit her blog post here, you’ll find the whole recipe.

It’s actually quite delicious!

Changes I made to better suit my tastes:

  • I omitted the peanuts because nuts in meal-type foods are not appealing to me
  • I also omitted the sesame seeds and sesame oil (I just used extra veggie oil) because I didn’t want to buy sesame oil
  • I added a little less than 1 tbsp of red pepper flakes because I’m a spicy food wimp AND it was still too much heat. (However, I accidentally let the flakes heat for waaay longer than two minutes, which probably didn’t help)
  • I threw in some sauteed shrimp for a little extra oomph and protein
  • I used 5 tbsp of maple syrup instead on 6 tbsp of honey because I was told to avoid eating honey when you’re pregnant
  • I served it (to myself) hot because it was dinner and it was freezing outside when I made it
Here’s my final product:

It was SOOO good and I have lots of leftovers too!

Other food stuffs I have my eye on to make one day:

Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercreme icing and chocolate ganache from Bakerella.

Salsa fresca (my favourite “style” of salsa) from SmittenKitchen.com.

Pink lemonade pie. IT’S PINK! And it’s from PreparedPantry.com.

What are YOU Pinning this week?