Our refrigerator was broken for almost a month. A month. In July. In North Carolina. Yes, there are bigger problems in the world... With over 30 calls to Best Buy customer service (where we purchased the refrigerator LESS THAN A YEAR AGO) and 5 visits from repair men...you would think this issue would have been solved a lot more quickly.
Is there a silver lining? I guess. And yes, it is food related. Since we did not refrigerate anything, my grocery shopping became almost a daily activity and I had to be pretty spot on with portions since there could be no leftovers. How Parisian of me, right? Here are a couple recipes I cooked through the ordeal:
Summer Succotash Ravioli
Ingredients: 3 strips of bacon-diced, pint of small tomatoes (multi-colored if possible)-quartered, 1/2 diced sweet onion, 2 cups corn (fresh or frozen), 1 Tbsp. butter, 1/4 cup cream, container/bag of spinach, 1/4 cup basil-julienned, package of frozen/fresh ravioli
Directions: Begin boiling pot of water for ravioli. Cook bacon in pan until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove and drain on paper towels leaving a little bacon grease in the pan (yum). Add onion and cook for 3-5 minutes until translucent. At this time, add ravioli to boiling water and cook according to package directions. Add butter, cream, and corn, cook until heated through. Add spinach and cook until wilted, 2 minutes. Add cooked ravioli to onion, butter, cream, corn mixture and toss gently. Spoon ravioli into two bowls and top with tomatoes, basil, and crispy bacon.
Brusccetta and Uncle Law's Steak (again)
Check out this post for all the details of how to cook my Uncle Law's steak: STEAK
Bruschetta Ingredients: Italian bread cut in half, 2 large tomatoes-deseeded and diced, 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese, 7 large basil leaves-julienned, 1 Tbsp. olive oil,garlic clove, micro greens
Directions: In a bowl, mix parmesan, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, a small pinch of salt and a grate of pepper. Grill the bread until slightly charred. Remove from grill and rub with garlic clove (this gives the bread a light garlicy flavor). Top bread with tomato mixture and then micro greens as a tasty garnish.