Another unique look inside my refrigerator … though actually this is the second refrigerator aka “the beer refrigerator” or the “party refrigerator.” This fridge is about 87 years old (at least it seems that way….). The exterior is covered in wine and beer labels, which may in fact be what’s actually holding it together. Nevertheless, it is the coldest refrigerator ever, keeping beer icy cold and party food fresh; and more than anything else giving us extra cold space.
We aren’t big New Year’s Eve partiers, but instead like to have a quiet evening at home with just our family and a few of our favorite appetizers and tapas. We let our kids stay up until midnight and have a champagne toast to welcome the New Year. This year, we may add to the repertoire and eat 12 grapes as the hour strikes. This is a custom in Spain (where we will be traveling to this summer while my husband teaches at the University in Salamanca) and a fun way of our ongoing preparation for our trip.
Nevertheless, over the last hour or so we’ve put together a few family favorites including: mushroom and leeks in phyllo, stuffed mushrooms, mini crab cakes, tamales (a friend dropped these off earlier today), puff pastry pizza stars (the newcomer to the party), and the tried and true brie in phyllo. These tasty tapas’ are taking up the majority of the space in the refrigerator and are ready for “the party.”
I opened the refrigerator door and stared. "Now that's quite an odd variety of food..." Here's what's in my fridge:
4 pieces of supreme pizza – with banana peppers substituted for green peppers goat cheese walnuts spinach, organic, used mostly for salads craisins fresh made guacamole red mole avocados half an onion in plastic wrap an empty screw top thermos we use for transporting yogurt butter 22 packets of taco bell hot sauce 2 bottles of Famous Dave's BBQ sauce Amstel light beer orange juice 1/3 bottle of Pinot Grigio, 1.5 litre bottle 2 pieces of fresh salmon chicken and chorizo prepped for tortilla casserole limes roma tomatoes Absolute, 3/4 bottle, 1.5 l vermouth, 1/2 bottle mozerella cheese pepperoni ½ can pizza sauce leftover lentils (sauted with the other half of the onion -- mmmmmmmm) dill pickles olives standard condiments including three different kinds of mustard fish sauce, plum sauce, and bean paste brussel sprouts broccoli a glass canning jar 1/3 full of popcorn kernals a cup of milk (skim) left from my 3 year old's supper 1/2 bottle of malt vinegar a stack of fresh made corn tortillas from the local supermercado fat free catalina and fat free 1000 island dressing eggs 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce yeast (large bag, sealed in tuperware) celery (limp, needs to go out)