Subject: unedited and unposed photo of the contents of my refrigerator.
Date photo taken: Friday, May 4, 2007.
From the looks of my refrigerator, you wouldn't have guessed that N and I were leaving town the next day for an impromptu trip north for the weekend.
Receiving a weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) basket from Two Small Farms every week is a mixed blessing. On the plus side, my fridge is bursting with fresh locally grown organic produce for just $20. The negative side? Same sentence, heavy emphasis on the word bursting. When you catch yourself fearing that you can't go away for the weekend because you'll fall behind in your veggie consumption, it's time to worry. Or feel guilty. Or, in my case, both. [Thanks, Mom]. I'm starting to feel like Sisyphus. Instead of a boulder, I have a CSA basket.
This picture was snapped 2 days after picking up last week's basket.
Thursday, after a meeting with my Oakland-based architect, I headed to Berkeley to pick up a Hoffman free-range chicken (delivered fresh Wednesdays and Fridays) at
Magnani Poultry and some sweet sweet sweet strawberries from Lucero at
the Thursday farmers' market on Shattuck. Now that the bridge toll's gone up a
buck, I wanted to make sure I got my money's worth from the trip. [Thanks again, Mom]. For good measure, I
swung across town and tried the ice cream at Ici for the first time.
Angels sang when I tasted the voluptuous scoop of chocolate. The marsala was "just good" in comparison.
But we're talking fridges here. Click on the picture above to get a detailed description of virtually every item in my fridge (If you're reading this post in an RSS reader, you may need to click through to IPOS to access the detailed descriptions). A window will pop up from my FlickR page. Hover your cursor over the food item and read the descriptions to your heart's content. Go on, peep away. You know you want to.
How's the contents of the fridge looking today, 4 days later? Saturday morning, the chicken went in the freezer (although I just pulled it out again for tomorrow's dinner). The strawberries joined us on our journey north. The rest? Most of those once fresh vegetables are still in there untouched.
Our one saving grace is our killer fridge. If you ever need to buy a new refrigerator, get thee an Amana. Our produce stays in perfect condition for longer than you can imagine. Better than a professional kitchen's walk-in refrigerator. Better than N's parents' fancy Sub Zero that cost triple what we paid. I never cease to be amazed.
What's with all this fridge nonsense, Brett? You can thank Sam of Becks & Posh. She's the Lady Godiva who started all this nonsense. Go peep at her fridge now, Tom. And Cookiecrumb's. And Sean's, Jen's, Marin Catherine's, San Francisco Catherine's, Dr. Biggles' ... the list goes on.
Fridge voyeurism. It's the new "cheese sandwich."
I gotta run. I have a lot of veggies to cook and eat before our next basket comes. Tomorrow.