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Elaine Magee: What's In My Fridge?

'The Recipe Doctor' gives you a guided tour


In the refrigerator door there is an assortment of mineral water flavors (our beverage du jour), along with orange juice (not from concentrate), and 2-liter bottles of diet grapefruit soda and diet Pepsi (caffeine-free). We like to mix the orange juice with the diet grapefruit soda for a nice change.

Nestled with the soda is a sea of 12-ounce bottles of water. I'm constantly grabbing them when we're flying out the door to the dance studio (both of my daughters are on a competitive dance team).

There are other refrigerator-door staples I should mention, like the no-trans-fat margarine (like Take Control) and whipped butter. That's right folks; there is butter in the Magee house. I mostly use canola or olive oil in my cooking, and sometimes turn to less-fat margarine if need be. But there are those times when butter must be used to pull off a recipe. In those cases, I use whipped butter, which has less fat per tablespoon, and I use less of it, too. I love a slice of whole-wheat toast with a little less-sugar jam, so you can find at least two flavors in my fridge.

Before we venture off to the Northern territory, also known as my freezer, you might be asking, "where's the beef?" The Magees eat chicken every week (skinless, of course), and pork occasionally (only the lean cuts like pork tenderloin), and beef once or twice a week (only extra-lean cuts and ground sirloin need apply). But I'm picky about my meat, and I tend to go to a nearby butcher on the day that I will be cooking it. So on this particular day, there is a bag of freshly caught halibut literally staring at me (thanks to my husband's fishing buddy) ready to be grilled or smoked by my BBQ-savvy hubby.

As you open the freezer door, you'll see a bag of ground flax (high in plant omega-3 fatty acids), bags and bags of frozen fruit, a bag of shelled edamame, and a carton of light vanilla ice cream. The frozen fruit and ice cream are there for one reason and one reason only -- the Magee family loves smoothies! Two frozen patty products are permanent residents in my freezer, too: Hash Brown Patties (with 0 grams of fat) and Gardenburgers (vegetarian gourmet whole-grain burgers). The hash browns are used on Saturday or Sunday mornings and the Gardenburgers are a makeshift lunch for one on weekdays when I'm working at home.

Well, that completes the Elaine Magee refrigerator tour. Thanks for joining me today, and please come again!


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