|See? Where did the end of the street go?|
It was a dark and stormy afternoon......The snow is not just gently cascading down, it is coming down hard and I am walking staight into the wind. Snow is clinging to my glasses and making it even more difficult to see. I can't even see the end of the block it is snowing so hard. I just want to get home and warm up! Thoughts going through my head are, of course, what to make for dinner. What would soothe the soul and warm the body....soup would be perfect! Thinking of what I have in the pantry and in the freezer, I decide that a potato chowder would hit the spot! Lets see, I have potatoes, some bacon (of course), homemade stock in the freezer downstairs....yes, yes...plans are coming together nicely.
Once home, I start rustling through the fridge to gather my ingredients in preparation for a hearty bowl of soup. One ingredient inolves a trip to the basement. I turn on the lights and carefully make my way down the stairs. As I reach for the freezer door and open it, a scream escapes my lips.....the sight in front of me is too much to bare. Hubby rushes downstairs to see what is causing my distress. A scream escapes his lips (along with a couple of expletives).....absolutely nothing in the freezer is still frozen! Containers of spicy chili, luscious stew, and, of course, all of the stock....liquid and mouldy. It took a moment for the smell to reach us...ew......needless to say we emptied the fridge, wiped it down, unplugged it, and propped the doors open. It will need to have the doors removed and be hauled away....sigh....there will be no potato chowder tonight.
I couldn't bring myself to take any pictures, beside who wants to see pictures like that on a food blog....not me! I just wanted to get it cleaned up.
Tonight we say good bye to an old friend: auxillary fridge. As with many foodies, mothers, fathers, and people who love food, I keep a second fridge in the basement. Generally this auxillary fridge holds drinks, extra food for entertaining, provides extra space for chilling sheets of cookies and is just plain useful. The freezer attached to this auxillary fridge is generally empty except to lay items flat to freeze before moving them to the chest freezer (also in the basement). Auxillary fridge has served us well. We are sad to see it go. You see, auxillary fridge is an old fridge and we knew when we moved it downstairs that it wouldn't last forever. I should have moved my sweet containers of leftovers and stock to the chest freezer, but I didn't and they are gone.....
Thanks for reading my tale of woe....like I mentioned before, I will miss auxillary fridge and will most likely be on the look out for a newer (gently used) fridge as I do love the convenience of having one.