Jo Horner of Amuse Bouche: What's in My Fridge?

Brianne DiSylvester

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 what's in their fridge.

This week I interviewed Jo Horner (who shall remain faceless) of Amuse Bouche. She's the owner of Create a Cook culinary classes for adults and kids and lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with her hubby and 14-year-old Beagle.

Find out which trashy dishes she craves, what she considers the holy trinity of condiments, and why her hubby is "fridge-challenged."

Tell me about your blog?

I started it during a really slow time at my last job when layoffs were imminent and my sanity required a happy place. I intended it as a repository for the recipes I was cooking, so no matter where I was I could call up the ingredient list or use it as a reminder of dishes we liked. Everyone gets into a rut of making the same 10 or 15 things over and over again and this helps me to break out of that. I am also mildly obsessed with new grocery stores, farmers markets, farm stands, ethnic markets, butcheries, and fish markets, and this allows me to share my obsession.

What's in your fridge right now?

Just call me condiment queen. I pick up interesting bits everywhere I go. There are jams from England, Wales and Maine, tubs of gochujang, truffle butter, Bulls Eye sauce, kewpie mayo, five kinds of mustard, chow chow sent by my friend Beth in North Carolina, bread and butter pickled fiddleheads, hot relish from the Green Spot in Maine, fresh eggs from my egg lady, bottles of rose for summer, my lardo I am curing, and a drawer devoted exclusively to cheese. CHEESE, glorious cheese.

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

Maille Mustard, truffle butter, soy sauce. The holy umami trinity.

What is the weirdest thing in there?

Allergy medicine and needles for my dog. Who knew dogs could be allergic to trees????

What's the most embarrassing thing in there? 

Velveeta. Because sometimes you just have to have trashy nachos.

What's your guilty pleasure food wise?

I lack the guilt gene but occasionally when no one is looking my friend Renee and I like to live out our childhood memories and we make Hamburger Helper for lunch and then hide the box in the bottom of the trash can so no one catches us! 

Where is your fave place to shop?

I could never, EVER choose just one. Fortunately running a cooking school means LOTS of shopping.  

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

It seems to have a mystical ability to hide things from my husband's view.  He can never find anything in the fridge even with detailed instructions. "Left side, second shelf, behind the egg carton, blue bottle." He wishes all fridges were only 1-foot deep so everything was always in the front.

What's on the outside of your fridge?

The Honey-Do list, my favorite GB magnet, and the best bottle opener on earth from SUCK UK. 

What are you up to now?

Putting 50 new recipes into Chef tec, our shopping software, for week 2 of kids cooking camp. Eleven weeks of camp 50 recipes a week. That's a whole lotta cooking!


Images via Amuse Bouche


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