Emily and Jesse, Elkins, WV

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How many people does your fridge need to feed?
Jesse: Two. Hypothetically.
Emily: One to two, depending on if I’m home.

What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Jesse: It goes in spells. We’ll have an egg spell, and then we’ll have an oats spell.
Emmy: Jesse likes to eat oats just by putting milk on them and letting them soak. I like oatmeal.

Is there anything you eat every day?
Jesse: Coffee.

Every week?
Emily: Beans, for sure. I’d say we eat black beans or lentils every week, usually several times a week.

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What item are you forbidden from purchasing right now?
Jesse: Emmy’s sometimes forbidden from purchasing fresh vegetables.
Emily: That’s only in the spring and summertime when Jesse grows a garden. Or a little before that, too—he thinks it will spoil us.
Jesse: Yea, you’ve got to build up some anticipation so you really appreciate those vegetables when the garden comes in.

What’s the most delicious thing in here?
Emmy: Probably Dad’s eggnog.
Jesse: The other really delicious thing is the jar of green tomato pickles, which I think is the most delicious foodstuff I’ve ever made.

The most disgusting?
Jesse: Probably the fish heads. I caught some fish this summer and they were too big to fit in the frying pan so I chopped off the heads and stuck them in the freezer, because I couldn’t think what else to do with fish heads. I don’t have any plans for them. I might bury them in the garden when the weather gets warm, for fertilizer.
Emily: I discovered yesterday that there was moldy leftover turkey and ham from Thanksgiving still in the fridge. I put it in the compost. After putting it my mouth.
Jesse: In your mouth?
Emily: I didn’t know it was leftover from Thanksgiving!
Jesse: When did you think it was from? Emily: I don’t know! I thought maybe you had cooked some sort of meat since then and now! I didn’t swallow it.

The oldest?
Emily: There’s a container of leftover noodles from our wedding in June. We opened one container and it wasn’t good, because frozen noodles are actually really gross. And the other container is just sitting there in the freezer.
Jesse: That cheese making kit.

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Where do you do most of your food shopping?
Jesse: Kroger’s.

How much do you spend on groceries each week?
Jesse: If we’re both here, I’d say $50.

How often do you go grocery shopping?
Jesse: Two or three times a week? Definitely less often in the summer because we have a garden.
Emily: I hardly every go grocery shopping. Jesse goes. He grows a lot of our vegetables in the summer. Our meals then will be four different vegetable dishes.

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Is there anything in here that we would have found in your childhood fridge?
Emily: Frozen peas.
Jesse: And yogurt.

What's your guilty pleasure?
Emily: We’ll often have eaten dinner—eaten our fill, and not be hungry anymore—and then an hour later eat popcorn.
Jesse: Even though I know it’s going to make me have a bellyache in the morning.

What do you wish you had in here?
Jesse: Some whole fish, instead of just fish heads.
Emily: Some more fresh vegetables.

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Emily is a country singer and Jesse is a fiddle repairman. They live in Elkins, West Virginia. Emily is holding some of her dad’s famous holiday eggnog, which has been transferred to a half-and-half container, and Jesse is holding a jar of his green tomato pickles.