My odd cleaning quirk…

April 19th, 2009

For some reason, I love to clean out the fridge… Gross, I know.  But I find something satisfying about going through and clearing out things that have gone bad.  Not that I enjoy throwing out food.  I do try my best to make sure I am not doing that but… there is just something about it that makes me feel productive.  Plus, it is a great way to take inventory of what you have and find some inspiration.  I’m sure many of you have a similar odd cleaning quirk.  My mother, for example, has to have clean floors, so she sweeps daily.  What is yours?

Tonight, I cleaned out the fridge.  I was hoping to find something fun to make for dinner but, instead, I was just faced with the fact that… I really need to go to the store.  So, I ordered in take-out (it has been raining all day) and sifted through my photo archives for something to post.  Lame, I know.  Exams are in two weeks so bare with me a little longer.

This recipe is from the Chicago Flower Show cooking demo put on by Jim Muldrow, chef/owner of Va Pensiero.  I made some alterations to the recipe.  He food processes half of the corn mixture to make it creamier and used bacon instead of ham.  I used what I had at home and it was delicious.  I think a visit to his restaurant may be in order this summer…

Creamed Corn-Ham Pasta
(adapted from Jim Muldrow, chef of Va Pensiero)

1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, chopped
1 cup corn
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons of ham, sliced
salt and pepper to taste

1. Melt butter in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and saute until tender. Add sweet corn and ham, saute for 5-7 minutes.
2. Add milk and heavy cream. Cook for 8 min or until slightly thickened (I threw in about a teaspoon of corn starch to help it thicken a bit).
3. Cook pasta, drain well and toss with the warm sauce.

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3 Responses to “My odd cleaning quirk…”

  1. tigerfish on April 19, 2009 10:31 pm

    Cleaning out the fridge gives new cooking ideas! I like it too but I don’t it too often.

    The creamed corn and ham pasta sounds very easy.

  2. Manggy on April 19, 2009 10:40 pm

    Hah, there’s nothing gross about cleaning the fridge I think. But it is a pain to defrost the freezer. I need a chest freezer!

    The pasta sounds really delicious (I love corn in savory applications)– I love me some ham but I think bacon is even better :)

  3. VeggieGirl on April 20, 2009 4:48 am

    Love “clean out the fridge/pantry” meals!! :-D

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