welcome to the latest installment of “shut the fridge,” where our favorites let us glimpse inside their eating world.
i am cuckoo-clock crazy for today’s guest.
i’ve been trying to get my beautiful friend, cassie piasecki, on GNI since i first started this gig.
every second with cassie is an inspiration. she is an entrepreneur, writer, fitness fiend {soon to be whipping all of our bottoms in both her spin and pilates classes,} she is an exquisite mother, adoring wife, and one of the most fantastic friends to have.
if cassie ever created her own talk-show, i’d be the first one to DVR every episode. she always has oodles of important information, not just opinions, on everything from starting one’s own business to raising a daughter in newport beach.
and she’s ALWAYS dressed like she just stepped off the most recent street style pages.
here’s a look inside this fabulous girl’s fridge:
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In the Piasecki Household we are in a state of transition and a busy travel month.  My one and only child just left for college, leaving me to cook for just myself and the hubs.  After a summer of  “let’s eat at home to save money as much as we can” for the three of us, this is quite a departure.  Especially because the hubs is traveling three days out of the week every week for September and October.  Long story short…I’m not buying OR cooking much.  It’s basically ME.
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I’m going to start at the top and that’s my freezer.  I’m a plan ahead kind of girl.  I usually spend Sunday in the kitchen baking blueberry muffins or banana bread for the hub’s breakfast, making a soup for the first couple of days of the week and usually a pot of chili, spaghetti sauce or stew that I can freeze in individual size portions for weeknight dinners.  Because I don’t eat meat and the hubs was brought up on boarding school “slop food” we usually eat different things for dinner.  I’m not a big “lady who lunches” kind of gal.  I dig an Amy’s bean and rice burrito or a Trader Joe’s pizza (Hello! They are made in Italy!!) midday. The Klondikes are obviously for the person who doesn’t  wear workout clothes most days of the week.
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Yogurt is big in our house for breakfast.  I eat the Fage with berries and hemp seed sprinkled on it and the Noosa is my special treat.  A few spoonfuls are the perfect late-afternoon pick me up before a cycle class.  We totally eat a lot of butter, too.  I feel if you are going to splurge on something that is high calorie or high fat, make it the best it can be.  Straus Creamery is the bomb!  Have you tried their eggnog?  It’s coming!!!  I love fizzy water and the Voss bottles are so pretty.  Hubs loves a Pellegrino soda every now and then.  Costco sells them in a big pack so it seems like we have a lot of them now.  Oh and that orange?? That is for Mandy, our blind Bichon Frise.  My hubs is convinced that she needs a slice of orange everyday to keep her healthy.  He forces me to give it to her even when he travels.
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A few of my fave things ready for the week…jicama, roasted Delicata squash, Majestic sprouted hummus and my lemon pie Coco-Roons.
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I love my seeds!  This summer I got really into Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, “It’s All Good” and a lot of her recipes use flax seeds, almond butter and brown rice syrup (well, the desserts do!) so I always seem to have those on hand.  I like to add the cacao nibs to granola that I make at home.  And, I love Justin’s peanut butter cups.
spices (1 of 1)
I know this isn’t IN my fridge but I became obsessed with these spices this summer and I had to share.  Cinnamon goes on all of my yogurt.  Lemon Pepper…where have you been all of my life?  It goes on just about everything that doesn’t get cinnamon.  The Savory Spice Shop in Corona del Mar is awesome because you can try small amounts of things you wouldn’t normally use.  Not that these two are anything unusual but I sprinkle red pepper flakes on pizza and the fine white pepper?  SO yummy on steamed rice and vegetables.
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Only people who actually come in my house would ever see this but I collect fridge magnets.  BUT, there is a catch!  It can’t be just any magnet.  I have to get the magnet myself, you can’t bring me one AND I have to get it for free.   Each one means something only to me.  They captured a time of my life (the kid dentist), a trip (a funky pizza joint in Colorado) or even businesses that have now closed (my fave scrapbook shop).  They cover much of the real estate on my fridge.  Silly but cool.
I have to thank Katie because I learned a lot from this exercise.  I learned that I need to add some variety into my eating!  As much as I love my berries, I’m excited for the change in seasons and the fall fruits and vegetables.  I just signed up for the South Coast Farms CSA baskets through Villa Pilates and Yoga.  My soups and stews will be chock full of organic goodness.
I don’t have a cool quote about food to close my entry here on Miss Katie’s blog.  I will share two of my food rules.  I really don’t eat after 7pm and abs are made in the kitchen.