The Epiphany at the Grocery Store

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Today I was easing down the aisles of my subpar grocery store, feeling a little languid from being sick, but happy to be food-shopping nonetheless.

I plucked up some items from the left, some others from the right, and then stopped dead in my tracks. Something I had never given a second thought to suddenly jumped out at me and demanded to be thrown into my cart and wheeled on outta there.

veggie tray


This thing was something I did not have, yet needed desperately. A veggie tray with lid. Up until now, I had always placed all my cut vegetables onto a dinner plate, with the dip in some little bowl or ramekin. After the veg-feasting, I would cover the plate with plastic wrap and shove it in the refrigerator on top of some month-old item that I was trying to ignore.

Everybody knows that the plate invariably tips over and sweet little vegetable bits roll around in the refrigerator like so many decapitated heads.

I didn’t internally debate the pros and cons of buying this thing, because it was total pros all the way, but I did have a very long mental conversation afterward about why it took me so long to buy one.

It sort of struck me that maybe I was living with the mindset of a 24 year old. 24 year olds don’t own things like that because they don’t have families to cut up vegetables for, and they only eat beer. Well, maybe they go to a lot of parties and bring loads of vegetables, so there’s that. OR! They like to eat dinners off of giant, separated plates so none of their foods will touch.

It’s not just veggie trays- I don’t own lots of things that real adults own. Only last year I got a deviled egg tray.

But I know why.

I suffer from Impermanent Establishment Disorder. I just made that up, but doesn’t it make me sound so interesting? It’s because I move around a lot and don’t feel settled.

Dig it: Moving = packing up loads of shit = more nervous breakdowns on top of those that moving already causes. So I don’t buy extra things. Dinner plates work for everything, and I’ve gotten used to that over the years.

As the checkout lady passed my veggie tray over the laser glass, it was as if I grew emotionally 15 years worth. I was to own a piece of kitchen equipment that, 1. served a specific purpose, and 2. was large and unwieldy.

There’s no turning back now, but what to buy next? Tell me your favorite piece of kitchen equipment, please.


  1. twisterfish
    05/21/2013 / 5:43 am

    That is a very lovely veggie tray… congrats!

    I love all sorts of kitchen equipment, and own more than I need. I have about 7 creamers, all unnecessary really. I know, I could just pour the milk into my coffee from the gallon jug. But grownups use creamers, or so I've heard.

  2. 05/22/2013 / 3:36 am

    Who knew a veggie tray would bring such joy, AND that it would be a prescription for the for IE disorders! Do you have a veggie steamer and/or rice cooker? I hear these have great healing qualities.

    • jeanette_nyberg
      05/24/2013 / 10:34 am

      I don't have a rice cooker, but holy nuts, do I need one. I am the WORST at cooking rice. Why does it have to be so difficult?

  3. 05/22/2013 / 4:26 am

    I have a mandoline. No, not the musical instrument. Though my heart makes wonderful music as I use it to slice up vegetables into paper-thin pieces. To be honest, I only ever use it for potatoes, even though I could use it for all kinds of vegetables. It even has different blade attachemnts so my slices can be rippled, or… oh, I don't know. I really only use the one blade for making paper-thin slices. Of potatoes only. Bliss.

    • jeanette_nyberg
      05/24/2013 / 10:35 am

      Oh. Oh boy. I actually have a mandoline. It was in my Amazon cart for totally ever until I finally bought one. And I have yet to use it. The shame.

  4. 05/22/2013 / 6:15 am

    Thank you, I'm quite pleased with myself. OMG. I must get a creamer now. Even though I don't drink coffe and Christian doesn't take cream. I hope you have a cute little ceramic cow creamer.

  5. 05/22/2013 / 4:00 pm

    Get thee a deviled egg plate next! No more slippy slidey eggs at parties. Wheeeee!

    • jeanette_nyberg
      05/24/2013 / 10:36 am

      I need to get a smaller one- I've got one, but it's giant-sized and so I don't get to enjoy slide-free eggs when I just make them for my cute little family. MMMM gotta make some right now. MMMMM Eggies.

  6. 05/24/2013 / 8:35 pm

    I like the lid for the veggie tray. Fav kitchen item is nesting glass bowls with lids.

    • jeanette_nyberg
      05/25/2013 / 7:33 am

      Ooh, yeah. I think I need to buy me some of those bad boys.

  7. 05/28/2013 / 2:47 pm

    That would be handle and also encourage healthy eating. Maybe I should get one too. I don't have enough kitchen stuff.
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