Our summer intern, Hannah Boen, moves a lot—in the last four years she has lived in eight locations. But she has developed a fun game she plays with her friends: The EatDown. She takes all of the food out of her cabinets and fridge and invites people to help her cook her way through them. I’m sure by the end of the week, she’ll have a show on the Food Network. Until then, let’s come up with some recipes to help Hannah clear her kitchen.
Jump for the glorious details of Hannah’s idea.
I don’t know very many people who enjoy moving. Personally, I love it. Okay,
I’ve met my optimism quota for today. Realistically, I hate moving as much as
everyone else. Alas, as this internship comes to an end and my dad makes the
payment for 13 more credit hours at Texas Tech, I am being forced to move once
again. In the past four years, I have had eight different “homes.”
However, I now take a systematic approach torelocating. A pivotal part of this system
is “The EatDown.”
The EatDown occurs during the week leading up to a move and I am forced to finish the odds and ends of my groceries.
Why do it? Because my other options are a) continue to grocery shop like I normally would and throw out anything that’s left on moving day or b) continue normal grocery shopping, pack up a cooler and haul it down 11 stories with the rest of my
belongings. Neither sounds appealing.
How can you help?
Take a look at the list of what I have left and help me come up with dinners for
the rest of the week using these ingredients. I’m willing to make a trip to the
grocery store for little things here and there, but only if it’s something I will be
able to easily polish off by the weekend.
This week is important. I will either lose or gain ten pounds. Pulling everything
out and realizing I am down to one piece of fruit but still stocked with hot fudge,
icing, Oreos, and caramel makes me think this will be a week of gaining. It will
also determine my level of guilt when it comes time to start throwing things
away. And if you’ve read this and don’t contribute any ideas, I’m guessing it will
determine your level of guilt, as well.
Dried pineapple, mango, and papaya
Noodles (two types)
Macadamia nut waffle and pancake mix
Mocha monkey bread mix
Vanilla chai mix
Hazelnut coffee creamer
Four frozen chicken breasts