Fabiana Santana of A Girl Who Eats: What's In My Fridge

Every Friday in our "What's In My Fridge" feature, we'll be chatting with a different food blogger, asking them about their favorite foods and kitchen tools.

This week, I interviewed freelance writer/editor/producer and mom Fabiana Santana from A Girl Who Eats. She likes a colorful fridge inside and out ... courtesy of her kid's art projects ... and is working on an Italian blog called La Cucina Pugliese (the region in Italy her family is from). Find out what her mom used to pack her for lunch (Hint: It's not plain ol' PB&J), and what she eats straight from the jar by the spoonful with very little shame. 

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What's up with your blog?  

I write a lot about New York food -- chefs, restaurants opening, that kind of thing. But I am always interviewing women in food, whether they are chefs, writers, and sommeliers. I am totally impressed by what women can do in the food world.

What's in your fridge right now?

Stock for making sauces and soups, Corona for sausage and pepper night, port wine from Portugal (a gift from my sister-in-law), flax seed oil and aloe vera juice for smoothies, a water filter, bottled juice, milk, yogurt, coffee, chinotto -- an Italian apertivo, fruits and veggies, bacon (turkey and pork, there is a 9-year-old with a serious bacon fetish lurking about this kitchen).

There's also homemade tomato sauce, boxes of Nespresso chocolates , which are great for dressing up espresso after dinner, a giant block of Himalayan Pink Salt, relish for making a homemade version of McDonald's special sauce, marinated artichoke hearts, peppers, and beans for antipasto, calabaza -- a Spanish squash -- to mix with rice and beans, a variety of cheeses, and cured meats -- again for antipasto.

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What must you always have in your fridge and can't live without?

Parmigiano Reggiano.The go-to dinner for that bacon-loving-9-year-old is a really gooey, unhealthy pastina (tiny, tiny, tiny Italian pasta) with butter and Parmigiano. It's like Italian mac ‘n' cheese. Total comfort food.

What is the weirdest thing in there?

Horseradish-spiked wax beans. I love horseradish anything. I was researching a story and found these. But I haven't tasted them yet.

What's the most embarrassing thing in there?

Juice. I hate having bottled juices and rather make my own, but again, when a kid wants something, they want something. And the carton of stock ... again, I like to make my own but haven't gotten around to it in a while. Also, that cheap wine you see -- my mother gives me a bottle every Sunday when we go for dinner.

What's your guilty pleasure food wise?

Nutella. I can eat it like yogurt -- right out of the jar with a spoon and very little shame or with things like cookies and fruit. Recently, I had it whipped with mascarpone cheese -- it was seriously the best chocolate mousse I have ever had. I spent a lot of time in Italy as a child and Nutella is a staple there.

What do you wish was in there?

My mom's homemade mozzarella and potato croquettes. She used to give me the croquettes for lunch when I was a kid. Other kids in school had peanut butter and jelly and a bag of chips. I had potato croquettes, homemade focaccia, and a hunk of provolone. 

Where is your fave place to shop?

I love BuonItalia in the Chelsea Market in NYC. They have a great selection of Italian import stuff. As for supermarkets, I can spend an entire day in Wegmans. Supermarkets are a stress reliever for me. I could squeeze melons all day long and be a happy girl.

Anything interesting you want to tell us about your fridge?

We treat it like a canvas -- inside and out. When we see a lot of bright colors, we know we are doing something right. 

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