Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen: What's in My Fridge

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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/foodie extraordinaire/mom to a 7-month-old son Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen. Find out where she stands on expiration dates, what dessert she wants to try all 21 flavors of, and the odd thing she tops her yogurt with.


What’s in your fridge right now?   


A metric ton of things: [Shelves] More butter than I thought I had, farmers' market eggs, apparently six different types of nuts (which I think were displaced from the freezer by baby food), too much cheese, revolting applesauce my husband bought me when I had a stomach bug ... don't know why it's still in there ... apple juice for the baby, Bailey's for mama, Catskill Comfort maple syrup (yum), a ton of dairy products (buttermilk, whole milk, half and half, heavy cream; I've been baking a lot), defrosting cubes of homemade baby food, Liberte yogurt for my breakfast ...

[Door] Two types of yeast (I like making bread), lots of Better Than Bouillon, which I find tastier than bouillon cubes or cartons of stock when I need it in a pinch, a shaker of flour I use for dusting the counter when working with dough, two types of Russian horseradish left over from our Seder, a jar of mayo way too tiny for the onslaught of slaws and potato salads I make over the summer, Russian mustard, lots of jam, and not enough wine.

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


Butter (because a life without it would make me sad), Dijon (which sucks, frankly, because I'm out of it), and baby food (I don't think it'd go over well to explain to my son that we've got no carrots for him today). 

What's the weirdest thing in there? 


The weirdest thing in there (that is, before I cleaned out some Petri dishes of Smitten Kitchen recipes past that nobody, not even me, ever deserves to see), is a package of haloumi cheese I'm pretty sure I bought in January and forgot about, but the label on it says it's good until December 2010; thus, we're at a standstill. I'm pretty sure I'll never eat cheese more than a month old, but I'm incapable of throwing away food before its expiration date. And so it goes.

What’s the most embarrassing thing in there?


See above: Petri dishes of Smitten Kitchen dishes past. I'm not proud -- I just forgot I'd made mayo. And had one leftover egg's worth of the shakshouka I made. Last month. 

What’s your guilty pleasure food-wise?  


I love good maple syrup. I don't feel a lot of guilt over it, but I'm pretty sure I'm the only person I know who puts it on plain, unsweetened yogurt.  


What do you wish was in there? 


More than one Abita Turbodog. If there were two, we'd have it with dinner, but a single beer just languishes.

Where's your fave place to shop? 


I'm torn between the Union Square Greenmarket (on a weekday; on a Saturday, it makes me want to move to a hut in rural Vermont) and Kalustyan's, which is the most wonderful place on earth for people who like to cook. Plus they have 21 varieties of baklava. I'll never get through them!

Anything weird or interesting you want to tell us about your fridge? 


Yes, fine. There's a bottle of organic, sugar-free, all-natural prune juice in there. It's for the baby, and he'd really prefer that I not talk about it, okay?

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