Behind The Butter

what’s in my fridge

Remember when I showed y’all what was inside my make-up bag?

That was fun.

Now it’s time for my fridge!

Now there have been some rumors that I’ve thrown my healthy eating habits into the gutter and replaced them with butter, sugar and chocolate.

That may be true.

Just kidding. Sort of. Despite all the sugar-iffic treats I may bake on a somewhat daily basis, I still try to eat as healthy as I can. I’ve always maintained a sort of 80/20 principle when it comes to diet. You eat healthy 80% of the time and then you eat chocolate cake for the remaining 20%.

Don’t question my logic. It keeps me sane.

So, on the top shelf of my fridge we have raw almonds, half n half, sour cream, hummus, yogurts and….butter.

Next, eggs, almond butter and bagel thins! I love making egg and cheese sandwiches with bagel thins for lunch. They’re quick, healthy and, most importantly, cheesy.

Bottom shelf we have the usual: filtered water, perrier, champagne, chicken and chicken stock.

If you have perrier, champagne and chicken you’re pretty much set for any emergency situation. Didn’t your mother ever teach you that?

My condiments get a little out of control. I won’t list everything, but as you can see there’s a plethora of butter, pickles, barbecue sauce and jam. And that blue thing you see in the corner is my eye pillow….why do you ask?

Now what I didn’t show you was my overstuffed cheese drawer (filled with miniature brie cheeses, shredded cheddar, monterey jack, blue cheese, goat cheese and feta cheese). What can I say? I like to be prepared.

I also have fruits and vegetables hidden somewhere at the bottom. But who cares about that?

Even more exciting than the fridge….my closet.

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  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    April 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Eye spy stubbs BBQ sauce. That stuff is the jam! … or sauce

  • Heather at Heather's Dish
    April 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Gimme some of the garlic lover’s hummus!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    April 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I am impressed. Our fridge is constantly overflowed with leftovers.

  • Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan)
    April 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Hehe πŸ™‚ I love raiding other peoples refrigderators! So fun πŸ˜‰

    And that wine is looking pretty darn thirst-quenching right now! We are having some hot weather in N.C. today!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    April 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I am super jealous of your jam collection!

  • Shannon
    April 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Fun! Hooray for cheese drawers and butter shelves. What more do you need in life?

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa
    April 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    This is a great post. I agree, if you have champs and cheese your pretty much covered for every life situation.

    BTW- are your mini brie’s the ones from Trader Joes? I found them a month ago and I am totally addicted! I love to spread them on pretzel thins!

  • Elena
    April 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I just finished off my own Garlic Lovers Hummus…. love that stuff. My cheese drawer is the same.. overflowing and bountiful. πŸ™‚

  • Angharad
    April 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    This is a principle to live by: “You eat healthy 80% of the time and then you eat chocolate cake for the remaining 20%.” I love it.

  • Doc (The Healthy PhD)
    April 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Curious how often you grocery shop? Or if you buy most of your fresh food actually fresh — you’ll have to understand that this is nearly unheard of in Iowa πŸ˜‰

  • Daisy
    April 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    are you supposed to keep panko breadcrumbs in the fridge?!

  • Arianna @ laughter + linguini
    April 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    “If you have perrier, champagne and chicken you’re pretty much set for any emergency situation.” – You are too funny!

  • Kelly
    April 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I’m so glad to see another girl with a fully stocked fridge. I’m going to have to get a heavy duty fridge to put in the garage once I add a kid or two to the mix.

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food
    April 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Everyone must have a cheese drawer for an emergency also πŸ™‚

    Give me the brie stat! πŸ™‚

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    April 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    No way. I did a “what’s in my fridge?” post two days ago! πŸ™‚

    I’m thrilled to say we stock the same Stubb’s barbecue sauce.

    What can I say? Great minds think alike? πŸ˜‰

  • Caitlin @ Amuse-bouche
    April 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Just wanted to stop by and say how much I love reading your blog. I’m supposed to be writing a paper right now, but I’d rather hear about what you’ve got in your fridge.

    P.S. The 80/20 principle totally works. Anyone who tells you otherwise is crazy.

  • Sara
    April 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I just had Perrier for the first time last week. Amazing! What do you do with all of your jams? I’m in a non-cooking situation currently (temporary housing), but I do have a toaster and a mini fridge. I’ve been eating a lot of toast with jam or pb and j sandwiches. Do you have suggestions for more creative uses?

    • jenna
      April 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      Usually just make a lot of toast! I love raspberry jam toast…but also love a little jam swirled in plain yogurt!

      • Baking 'n' Books
        April 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

        Ditto to the Jam in yogurt! …with PB πŸ™‚ So good πŸ˜‰

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    April 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    You have a skiing inner fridge! Lol mine is overstuffed, mainly with condiments!

    I subscribe to the 80/20 rule too, but I’m probably closer to 67/33, hahaha!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    April 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Skinny, not skiing! iPad typo πŸ™‚

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    April 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I love the 80/20 principle. You should write a book on that.

  • Laura
    April 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Love it! I keep a stocked cheese drawer as well and my roommate makes fun of me (well, she actually calls me a cheese snob…and wine snob…but who’s keeping track). I see nothing wrong with it though! But please share where you get mini Brie’s from…please? Please?

    Off to bake cookies I think…and nibble on cheese…and maybe make some hummus, haven’t had any in a while…

    • jenna
      April 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      Our local grocery store (safeway!). I’ve also seen them at Costco!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    April 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    My condiment door is also overflowing. Hopefully you use yours. Mine just sort of sit there.

  • Ellen
    April 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Cool post! Ooh, let’s see your closet!

    • Diana
      April 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      Please do an entry or two about your closet-what brands and stores you like, your fav every day clothes, a night on the town outfit etc.. I love your sense of style!

      • Fancy
        April 21, 2011 at 9:57 am

        I agree! Love this post πŸ™‚

  • Baking 'n' Books
    April 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Yes, I definitely have a cheese drawer…

    And who are you kidding?! I know your all healthy and this is all a facade πŸ™‚

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    April 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    My cheese drawer is out of control too! I like to have a huge variety because I never know what kind I’ll crave. Unfortunately that usually means that some of it goes bad before I can use it all up. πŸ˜›

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    April 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    If you have perrier, champagne and chicken you’re pretty much set for any emergency situation. = HOW TRUE

    If you also have cocoa powder, butter, and sugar, you’re really set!

    Half my fridge is condiments, the other half fresh produce. Well, I lie. There is a hefty stash of wine and champagne in there, too πŸ™‚

  • Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher
    April 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I wanna see where you keep all your chocolates next πŸ™‚

    • Mom
      April 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      Me too πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition
    April 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    It’s like the MTV show Cribs! Haha I wonder why people find it so fascinating to see in other people’s refrigerators….

  • foodandfarm
    April 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Mmmmmmmm champagne. I love looking in closets, and I love Target!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    April 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    What a good post idea!
    P.S. Are you supposed to refrigerate Panko or is that just a way too keep it fresh?

    • jenna
      April 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Whenever I don’t know what to do with something, I automatically stick it in the fridge or freezer. Who knows!

  • Jenn from Much to My Delight
    April 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I have found my long-lost fridge soulmate. (I wasn’t necessarily looking, but it was a very nice surprise.) The contents of your fridge are nearly identical to mine. Except I keep my eye mask in the freezer:)

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    April 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Your fridge is so neat and tidy compared to mine. It’s not as messy as it has been before, but it could definitely use some good organizing!

  • Stephanie Rose
    April 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    ooo I really dig this post! I always check what my friends keep in their fridge to see what goodies they may have. And the 80/20 ratio sounds about right from what I learned in dietetics πŸ˜‰

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    April 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    omgosh my fridge has about 9794987 times more food in it, and that’s not a good thing. I think I need to do some spring cleaning in there. Which means of COURSE I have to eat what I’m getting rid of!

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl
    April 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Those bagel thins are awesome. I use the “everything” ones by them every.single.morning. for a quickie egg and cheese breakfast sandwhich. Yum!

  • Julie (Food & Other Things)
    April 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Love this post, it’s so fun to see what other people have in their fridges! I’m also a fan of egg and cheese sandwiches, so simple yet so good!

  • Kathy W.
    April 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    somehow, my comment never appeared? maybe links aren’t allowed…

    anyway, to recap:

    mmm, cheese! (my cheese drawer my favorite part of the fridge!)

    Also, thought you might be interested in a new book about the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, called “The Wilder Life,” by Wendy McClure. (will leave out Amazon link this time…)

    • jenna
      April 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      so funny! Literally ten people have told me about that book just this week alone!! I will have to check it out! πŸ™‚

  • Kathy W.
    April 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    p.s. It’s not some dry bio–it’s a blogger recounting her trip retracing all the place the Ingalls family went on their westward journey, done in a quirky, irreverent way…)

  • salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle)
    April 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    LOVE everything in your fridge!!

  • Meghan @ StruggleMuffins
    April 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    A fridge without an overflow of condiments is no fridge I want anything to do with… πŸ˜‰

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    April 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    My condiment section of my fridge is out of control also. It has started spreading from the door to the drawers.

  • sarahMTSBB
    April 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    help please! next week friends from ohio are coming to see me (first visitors since i moved to nc in january!) and to meet my boyfriend (eek!). they are vegetarians and he is most definitely not (plus he has a sensitive stomach). can your flourless chocolate mini cakes be made a day ahead (i was thinking of serving them with fresh strawberries and homemade chocolate whipped cream)? for dinner i’m considering making focaccia (except i am scared) and big salads with pre-roasted spring veggies and a choice of toppings (with chicken for my guy). i’m waayy to much of a perfectionist about these kind of things…

  • Amy D
    April 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I love this post! You know how when you go to a friends house for the first time you snoop through their medicine cabinet?? Well I ALWAYS try to sneak a peak into their fridge. Thanks for granting me this privledge!!

  • MyThy as in "Mighty"
    April 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Love these “sharing” posts! I’m a condiment whore. But my fridge looks just like yours too. Complete with TJ’s butter, TJ’s Almond butter (mine has flax), TJ’s enchilada sauce, TJ’s Apricot preserves, oh, and the TJ’s Cornichons. Non TJ’s items: Cedar’s Garlic Lovers Hummus, Champagne and Perrier.

    Can we start a blog together called Eat, Live, Trader Joe’s (not affliated w/ The Trader Joe’s Fan page or Cooking w/ Trader Joe’s Blog!) πŸ˜‰

  • Molly
    April 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    The bottom fridge shelf is intended for alcohol! Check and check!

  • Allison
    April 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    so fun!!!
    you introduced me to the sandwich thins—way back in the day–and I seriously don’t buy regular sliced bread any more.
    i need to try the bagel thins asap

  • katie
    April 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    i LOVE making egg sandwiches with bagel thins too! Well they are sandwich thins I have, but pretty much the same!!

  • Kara
    April 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Great post! How do you make your egg sandwiches and what kind of cheese do you use on it? Looking for lunch ideas. Thanks Jenna

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    April 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    My veggie drawer is really my cheese drawer…no shame.

  • Presley
    April 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Bagel thins and champagne… My kinda girl!

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    April 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I love these types of posts! SO fun to see what is in other bloggers fridges!

  • khushboo
    April 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Now that’s a fridge I could work with :)! And it’s ok to admit that you love fruit+veg..I won’t judge πŸ˜‰

  • Courtney
    April 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Stubbs is THE best BBQ sauce. Ever.

  • Jamie@everydaydolce
    April 21, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Love that you also have a lot of condiments, I swear I can’t walk out of Trader Joe’s without a new condiment in my bag every time I go. πŸ™‚

  • Charise
    April 21, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I also have a full drawer usually overstuffed with assorted cheeses. It’s my favorite part of the fridge. But my veggie supply always overflows from its drawer into the bottom shelf, too, so I think it’s OK. πŸ™‚

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    April 21, 2011 at 8:11 am

    You’re right Jenna. That was fun πŸ˜‰ Love the 80 / 20. Best thought process ever!

  • Sahar
    April 21, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I’ve recently become obsessed with cheese! How about a what’s in your freezer post? Your past freezer posts have been pretty amusing πŸ™‚

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    April 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I’m a fellow garlic lover

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    April 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

    πŸ™‚ 80/20. I like that.

    My veggie drawer has grown and spread over the bottom shelf. I think there is also something unintentionally growing in a container in the back of the fridge somewhere.

    How often do you go though your butters and sauces? Some I use on rare occasion and am afraid of them spoiling and going to waste.

  • Kristin Eats
    April 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Great stuff! It’s kind of fun to see all the things others have in their fridge, and how it compares to mine.

  • Lauri (
    April 22, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I have a lot of those same products in our fridge!! Except I also have about 30 Chobani yogurts taking up the top shelf…. Its sort of an obsession. And they were on sale.

    I’ve never thought about keeping bread crumbs in the fridge? Does that keep them ‘crisp’ longer or something?

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Kim
    July 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Wow, your fridge looks so darn neat compared to mine. I’m so impressed I’ll have to buy your book. πŸ™‚