With an upcoming move looming, I'm on a quest to clean out my cupboards and refrigerator over the next four weeks so eliminate the need to move any food from Cincinnati to Chicago. Although a friend claims that my half-empty cupboards are better-stocked than her full kitchen, this is probably untrue. Here, a complete list of every foodstuff I possess, minus condiments and booze:

3 cups dried cranberry beans
brown rice
1 lg can crushed tomatoes
1 box chicken broth
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup pine nuts
a bunch of whole-wheat flour I'll never use before it goes rancid
giant container of panko bread crumbs
bag of brown sugar
1 cup espresso beans

5 eggs
the dregs of a bottle of cherries soaked in sweet vermouth
a few almond-stuffed green olives
1 quart skim milk
1 1/2 sticks butter

4 chicken andouille sausages
1/2 gallon bean broth
1 huge bag of green beans
1 dozen frozen scallops
1 bag roasted corn kernels
1 bag shredded spinach
a fist-sized lump of pâte brisée
2 small corn tortillas
handful of meyer lemon zest

Current plans: make chicken sausage/white bean/tomato/brown rice soup, eat this for weeks; eat scallops w roasted corn on tortillas; wrangle lemon zest and almonds into some sort of tart with the pâte brisée dough; make cappuccinos each morning until I run out of milk or espresso. Ignore the bag of spinach and shove it further into the freezer.

Update: it is a week later, and I'm down to brown rice, canned crushed tomatoes, 5 eggs, pine nuts, panko bread crumbs, brown sugar, olives, 2 cups of skim milk that expire tomorrow, 1 stick of butter, 4 cups of frozen roasted corn, a bag of spinach, a lime I found in the crisper drawer, and some meyer lemon zest. I'm going to starve to death, aren't I?

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