Thursday, March 14, 2013

When She Got There, The Cupboard Was (Nearly) Bare...

I've been trying to pare down my inventory in my overstuffed pantry cupboard. I have a tendency to purchase things on a whim, then not use them when the whim passes, so things build up in there. Not a problem until it gets so full that items tumble out every time I open the door. Time to use up some stuff.

I've also been trying to empty the fridge, both because My Beloved is on a week-long business trip, and because the fridge desperately needs cleaning and that's easier to accomplish with fewer items in it.

So, just before his nibs left for SOCA, we lunched on items from both the fridge and the pantry. There was a can of Dungeness crab, bought on sale some months ago. Wild Planet brand, with lots of big chunks of crab - not like fresh, I have to admit, but not bad at all, and a nice change from tuna. I've never purchased canned crab before but it was on sale, people, so what could I do?

There was no celery in the fridge to make crab salad, so I opted for finely chopping some fresh broccoli florets and green onions to mix with a dab of mayo and a healthy squeeze of lemon juice. Mixy-mixy and spread on wheatberry toast, top with some of that Wisconsin cheese (mild cheddar) and run under the broiler until the cheese bubbles.

It was better than good. It was fresh tasting and light, and one can fed two people amply. It also reduced inventory, which was the main thing.


Blogger Greg said...

That is one fancy pantry meal. Yums!

Thursday, March 14, 2013  
Blogger katiez said...

I, also, am trying to control my pantry (fridge is easier.... it's smaller) My problem is seeing things in Andorra or Bordeaux that are hard to find locally - then buying lots and not using it... Oh well, a tinned food habit is cheaper than a shoe habit, right?

Thursday, March 14, 2013  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, it fit the bill in more ways than one.

Katiez, Much, much, cheaper! :-)

Thursday, March 14, 2013  
Blogger Hungry Dog said...

I love making lunches like this--using something up in a way you actually enjoy is extremely satisfying. Crab melts are delish.

Friday, March 15, 2013  
Blogger nancy namaste said...

That is one spiffy panty clean out. My pantry doesn't have anything quite so tasty.

Friday, March 15, 2013  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Hungry Dog, I'm a convert to crab melts, but now that I've had one, I'll be sure to make more.

Nancy, I had to chuckle at your Freudian slip. :-D

Friday, March 15, 2013  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Ha ha ha! Visible panty line.

Friday, March 15, 2013  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Cookiecrumb, I haven't thought of that concept in 40 years!

Saturday, March 16, 2013  

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