Question of the Day: Kitchen Essentials

18 08 2007

Fresca
What are the 10 foods you must have in your refrigerator and/or your kitchen cabinet?

Submitted by Carol.

Well, I don’t know about the “must” in this QOTD. That makes it sound like I might become unmoored if I ran out of peanut butter or something. I’m not that neurotic. But here’s a list of 10 items you can usually find in my kitchen.

1.) Fresca — And I’m not talking about those newfangled Fresca flavors like Black Cherry or Peach. I want the original in all its grapefruit-y glory. There’s almost always a fridge pack of Fresca on the top shelf of my refrigerator. Fresca is the soda of the gods…. (P.S. Writing this caused me to check out Wikipedia‘s entry on Fresca. It’s strangely interesting, and there’s even an LBJ story.)

2.) Yogurt — I have a cup of yogurt every day with breakfast. (Notice that I said “with” breakfast. There’s more breakfast to come!) Stonyfield Farm is my favorite, especially Key Lime, Blackberry, and Luscious Lemon. Recently, though, I’ve fallen for Woodstock‘s water buffalo yogurt. Yes, it’s made from water buffalo milk. From Vermont (of course?). I have a thing for water buffalo these days, apparently.

3.) Apple juice — I get teased for this by some co-workers (freak alert: I eat breakfast at my desk), but I have a small toddler-sized box of apple juice every morning. Hey, apple juice is fattening! You should only have so much.

4.) Cereal — I do love my breakfast, huh? In addition to my cup of yogurt and apple juice, I always have a small bowl of cereal, too. When it comes to cereal, I’m absolutely devoted to the Maple Buckwheat Flakes from Arrowhead Mills. The cereal is crunchy and makes me think of pancakes. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a helluva combination. The cereal’s also gluten-free, but I just like it because it tastes good.

5.) Rice milk — I feel kind of ooky if I drink “real” milk, or put it on my cereal, so I use Rice Dream instead. It’s more milk-like than soy milk. And it’s sweeeet on my palate. Yum.

6.) Cottage cheese — Hey, I don’t have this for breakfast! It’s a lunchtime staple, though. I buy 2%, which is the Goldilocks-just-right amount of fat in cottage cheese. IMHO, anyway.

7.) Whole wheat crackers — I buy Health Valley’s whole wheat crackers, which, according to the current box, are “now organic.” Unfortunately, that’s not all that’s changed. In the past few years, the Health Valley crackers have, um, obtained a buttery-finish and about 10 more calories per serving. Must all good things eventually change? Hmph.

8.) Soup — I like plain ol’ Campbell’s tomato soup.

9.) Cereal bars — I frequently have some kind of granola/cereal bars as a snack. Lately, I’ve been buying Caribou Coffee Snack Bars (Caramel High Rise is my favorite, I think) and South Beach Diet’s High Protein Cereal Bars (make mine peanut butter, please). When I eat one of the Caribou Coffee bars, I feel like a coffee shop opened up in my nose. (Yes, that’s a good thing.) The South Beach bars are more peanut butter-y than peanut butter.

10.) Lindemans Framboise — Yes, good beer is a kitchen essential.

(I really can’t believe how, well, commercial this post is. What’s next? Will I try to become a contestant on The Price is Right?)

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