This Week’s Menu!
July 23rd – 29th

You don’t know this, but right now, at this very moment, I’m swearing swear words that would make a longshoreman shudder.  Mainly because I’m probably using the words all wrong.

But I’m using them as best I can and I’m shouting them from the top of my lungs.  Repeatedly.


Why you ask?


Because my mother&*^^%$_)+f*988#^%%!!co$%%ck*&&5$@!)(&(*%#ing fridge is broken.  And it has been for 2 weeks now.  2 weeks.

The worst part?  I’ve gone off the deep end trying to pick out the perfect replacement refrigerator.  Which by the way costs approximately $6,500.  More on that at a later date.

Let me ask you.  Have you ever tried to plan meals for a weeks worth of dinner and buy all the groceries when your refrigerator is a borrowed cube the size of one of the more expensive Lego kits?

I have a single bar fridge borrowed from my niece.  Her poor husband hasn’t had a cold beer outside for 2 weeks now, so clearly, he’s had as tough a time of this whole broken refrigerator thing as I am.

The only saving grace is the front yard vegetable garden.

Because I have access to all kinds of fresh produce I don’t have to worry about storing any vegetables in the refrigerator.  So most of the meals this week consist solely of garden vegetables.  I did have to go out and buy spinach and a quart of local strawberries, but everything else is being picked a few minutes before I start making dinner.  Teeny, tiny Mignon carrots, heirloom beets, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, parsley, hot peppers …

My front yard vegetable garden?  It rocks.

My stupid, broken refrigerator?  It blows.  (I believe if you ask any longshoreman, he’ll tell you I’m using that phrase in exactly the right way.)


Strawberry Spinach Salad from Savory Sweet Life

Fire Broth Soup from The Art of Doing Stuff

The Best Curried Chicken Salad You’ll Ever Eat from The Art of Doing Stuff

Roasted Beets from The Art of Doing Stuff

Presto Pesto (creamy, light, Alfredo sauce type of pesto) from The Art of Doing Stuff

Award Losing Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce from The Art of Doing Stuff


  1. Vere says:

    I feel your pain! I my water heater broke and it’s been almost a month since I had a hot shower! I hate that I have to spend 2000 euros for a new one and it hasn’t arrived yet

  2. JBB says:

    “I’m swearing swear words that would make a longshoreman shudder. Mainly because I’m probably using the words all wrong.”

    That may be the best phrase I’ve heard in years. 🙂

  3. Janie says:

    Ummmm…..could you send me some of those swear words? I’m tired of saying the same ones…..

  4. Carolyn says:

    I love how the advertising that popped up at the bottom of the article is where to buy a vaccine fridge. Lol!

  5. Tigersmom says:

    Just like that, eh? You get AC and your fridge takes the big dump. So sorry to hear it.

    I will say that I love love love my LG fridge. We got the biggest one they make with french doors on the fridge above a single drawer freezer on the bottom. It has the most interior capacity and is really well thought out. My only complaint is that the icemaker doesn’t have a large storage capacity which shouldn’t be a problem for you considering how much you entertain. It did cost about $2500 bucks but I think it’s worth it. You may need to go with something smaller (which they do have, even a counter depth model so it doesn’t jut out into your kitchen) as your home is older. We were able to build our behemoth in as we remodeled the kitchen so it doesn’t appear to be the giant hulking beast that it is. Happy hunting!

  6. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    So..Are you upset because the fridge has been broken this long..or because you can’t make up your mind on a replacement?? We lost the microwave last week and the washer this week..I keep staring at my it the evil eye look as in “don’t even try it Buster”..Also at the end of this post there is a link to Kitchen Aid Refrigerators..You might want to have a look..Since you have the garden..this might be a good time to go Vegetarian!!!

  7. I feel for yah….our Kitchenaide fridge was broken for about two weeks (waiting for the part)and we kept having to walk to the garage fridge for food, etc. Now, we’re so proud to say we have the same damn fridge and we only spent $450.00 to get the same damn fridge. Hot tip: Repairman said, don’t ever get the fridge with the icemakers inside the actual fridge…they always break down and cost an arm and a leg to repair. Not that we had one of those…just a hot tip. 🙂

  8. Susan says:

    Hey! In Europe they only have bar fridges for every day!! And they go to the market everyday too! Everything is fresh never frozen and they get up at the break of dawn to do all this! Get with the program! All you need a fridge for is creme for coffee and beer! Oh and ice cubes for margaritas!! Have fun!

    • Monica says:

      Hello Susan! I know quite some Europeans – as I live in Europe – and I can tell you that going to the market every day is a luxery that you may indulge in on vacation in southern France. Where would you get the time??? As to bar size fridges: my fridge is ceiling high, plus a freezer of similar size. Most people I know do their groceries one or twice a week,so as nice it would be to live on freshness, life on both sides of the Atlantic run quite the same way.And requires expensive household appliences…

      • Karen says:

        Monica – In Susan’s defence, my sister said the very same thing about the small refrigerators in the kitchens in Europe. So apparently it is going on in some countries/regions. I have NO idea how they do it. ~ karen

  9. Larraine says:

    At $6500 for a new fridge, you might be shopping at Elmira Stove Co. for one of those retro mid-1900s refrigerators with the rounded top corners like the neat yellow one Peter Martin had on display at the old Barton St. store and which has sent all my plans for my new kitchen back to the drawing board. Oh, Elmira Stove, since I’ve seen your catalog, life hasn’t been the same — neither has the budget for the kitchen.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I’m the only person on the planet who would consider buying a $6,500 fridge, and not yet own a flat screen television. It’s my dream fridge. I’ll probably end up with the fridge of my nightmares. I’ll let you know what it is in an upcoming post. 🙂 ~ karen

  10. Gina says:

    Let’s see. In the last year we’ve had to replace a central air system, washer, dryer, stove….so I’ll bookmark your fridge info as that will probably be next…..I feel your pain, and hope you find just the right one….

  11. kate says:

    Our fridge died at Christmas this year. Christmas morning…and everyone was due for dinner. We loaded all food up and put it into coolers on the front porch. Was the one time I was grateful for the winter cold! We bought one immediately. Which actually was pretty stupid. I don’t like our new fridge, wasted storage space, ugly, wished I was more patient, did some research and sucked up the inconvience of the no fridge situation and got one I liked. Am interested in seeing your dream fridge!

  12. Barbie says:

    Ok, so I know Iam REALLY far behind….sorry….but this made me just laugh! Now I have to catch up tonight!! To see if you finally bought one!

  13. angie says:

    Hi, I too am far behind on my reading, but I will catch up today, mostly to see which fridge was the winner! A note on your strawberry salad, I’ve been making this salad for a few years now and my recipe calls for pecans, toasted in a pan of butter that’s been melted until it’s brown, and sprinkled with sugar and salt, cooked until delicious….not burnt. Then sprinkle the whole salad with feta cheese. The pecans and feta with the strawberries and dressing is the most amazing flavor combo EVER. I promise, you’ll never eat it any other way again. My friends use walnuts instead of pecans, but the pecans are better.

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