“Americans can eat garbage, provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor of the dish”

A blue sky and lots of sun belie the prediction of snow. I’d be skeptical bout the storm except every weather cast says the same thing. We are getting the most snow here on the cape, but luckily the amount has been reduced from 6-12 inches to 6-8 inches. Dangerous winds and blizzard conditions are also predicted.

Food is on my mind today. Peapod came yesterday and my fridge is filled. Before that delivery it seemed only condiments were left. Pickles, I have pickles of all sorts, and I have mustards of all flavors. I have relish and piccalilli and ketchup which I seldom use. Thai cucumber sauce, Thai peanut dressing and Jungle Safari Sauce are some of the odd bottles on the side shelf. I have a chuck of salt from Columbia’s salt mine on the bottom shelf. I keep it there so it won’t melt. Bottles of jalapeño peppers, both diced and sliced, are also on the door shelf. I use them all the time in salsas, quesadillas, sandwiches and scrambled eggs. Mayonnaise, always Cain’s, and horseradish sauce are two of my favorites. I use the horseradish sauce on hot dogs and sandwiches. It adds a nice bite. A snowman bottle holds maple syrup, the real stuff. I use it on my French toast and sometimes on chicken I bake in the oven. Chicken and maple go together well. Every now and then I check the shelf and combine jars of the same stuff and toss jars with little or nothing left. I have no idea why I put them back, habit I guess.

My cabinets have been cleaned within the last year. Stuff long expired, we’re talking years here, were tossed. I organized like items to make them easier to find, made one shelf all baking ingredients and another, a smaller shelf, food coloring, extracts and sprinkles of all colors. I was able to free the top shelf for dishes, for my Christmas dishes. That made me feel most accomplished. Empty shelves in this house are difficult to come by.

Today will be a sloth day.

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12 Comments on ““Americans can eat garbage, provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor of the dish””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Pickles. I have them. I have pickled fiddleheads, regular pickles, piccalilli, sandwich stackers, those little French pickles the name of which I can’t remember. Ah, cornichons. The door shelf also has odd bottles of salad dressings, salsa, olives, ketchups and mustards.
    And my favorite condiment of all time…Miracle Whip. 😀

    When I took over my mother’s house, there were miller moths everywhere. I threw away all the grains, flour and sugar and spices in the pantry and kitchen. I even threw away the salt just in case. Now I keep all that stuff in the freezer.

    It started out nice and sunny this morning but now it’s all clouded over. Snow. Bah!

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      No olives for me-I just don’t like the taste. We never had Miracle Whip as kids so I never buy it. I like the stackers in hot dog buns.

      On the top shelf was stuff I never used. A couple of boxers were filled with moths. I started keeping stuff in tupperware, and that worked.

      Cloudy here now too, I agree with Bah! for snow!!

      Enjoy the day and may you not have much snow!!

      • Caryn Says:

        When I got the house, the cabinets had mice and after that they had spawns of Satan. The mice and the spawns are gone.
        I keep nothing in the cabinets at the moment because I am in the process of ripping them out and replacing them with open shelving. It’s a slow process because I am not a carpenter.
        I don’t want anything to be able to hide behind closed doors. 🙂

        Stay safe and warm down there.

      • katry Says:

        I had my cabinets refaced when I was redoing the house. I did have mice in the lower cabinets where there is no food, but they are all gone now, resettled.

        We have about 4 inches, but it is difficult to figure because of the wind and the drifting. The wind is unbelievable!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Bottles in the fridge, let’s see … [downstairs, upstairs]… 1 maple syrup and 2 bottles of beer. Chemical-free basics. Even the dirt in the fridge is organic.

    • katry Says:

      I have beer in the vegetable drawer. I don’t drink it but I always have some on hand for company. Why the vegetable draw I couldn’t tell you. It just seems handy.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I’m out of pickles I’m afraid, I used the last of it for a liver pate sandwich a week ago. But today is the waffle day over here so I really should make some waffles but I think I’ll wait until Friday. I have this old cast iron waffle iron that I use on my wood stove. To be honest it’s just much more difficult because the thing weighs tons 🙂 🙂

    Another storm is passing here right now and it will continue all night and all day tomorrow too but after that spring will return. We might get snow tonight if we’re unlucky. Last night was bitterly cold and I had to scrape concrete ice from the car windows.

    I need to clean out my abinets too, I thik there are things in there that I brought with me when I moved here, fourteen years ago 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I have plenty enough to share! I have all kinds. Lately bread and butter have been my favorite.

      Our storm will start after midnight and the news said the wind will make the snow fall sideways on the cape.It is 37˚ right now and just getting cloudy.

      I had stuff 8 or 9 years old stuck in the back!

      Have a great evening!!

  4. flyboybob Says:

    For the first time in US history salsa out sold ketchup. My pallet tends towards mild rather than hot. In the 80s I had two married friends who only cooked everything ultra hot. Everything they ate was chock full of jalapeño peppers. My mother learned to cook from my grandmother who emigrated from the Ukraine, then part of Russia, in 1905. My mother thought that paprika was a hot spice. When I would visit my friends for dinner I would bring a brown bag with something that I could eat that was not atomic. Thankfully they moved to Houston and I didn’t see them that often. Another friend from Cajin country in Louisiana goes nuts with Tabasco sauce. He and his wife never invite us to dinner.

    My dad had a friend who came from Bulgaria. He would also cook and eat very spicy food. He painted Houses and would eat six hard boiled eggs, a jar of jalapeño peppers and a couple of beers for lunch every day. He said it made him work faster. 🙂

    Today was beautiful with clear skies and temperature in the upper sixties with some wind.

    • katry Says:

      I have never been much of a ketchup fan, but I love salsa. Mostly I make my own like pineapple and my favorite, avocado and feta.

      I like hot food but not atomic. Ghanaian food is atomic. I swear a cut on my finger burned when I was holding and eating Guinea fowl. I love curry which is a different kind of heat.

      I started putting hot peppers on my bologna sandwiches when I was a kid.

      Snow is coming!

      • flyboybob Says:

        I think people in third world countries eat very spicy hot food to kill the germs. I doubt that any bacteria can live in foot prepared with Scotch Bonnet pepper juice. 🙂 I think that hot curry can even kill viruses or at least neuter them. The worst part of really hot food is that the pain going in is repeated the next day going out.

      • katry Says:

        That could be it but I also think the food is fairly bland so the hot stuff gives it some kick. Ghana had very few herbs and spices: ginger is what I found last time there.

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