Handling Roommates With Bad Habits

Because all advice goes down easier with a drink (even a non-alcoholic one). Especially when it's picked at random from our columnist's extensive collection of community cookbooks.

Dear Pink Lady,

I really like my roommate a lot, but she has one annoying habit I just can't get past—she is a food hoarder. Okay, maybe "hoarder" is a little strong, but seriously, she never throws anything out!

Our refrigerator is so packed with leftovers and assorted condiments that I can barely fit in my own meager groceries. I've tried gently suggesting that she clean out the fridge, but to no avail. What should I do?

—Worried about Salmonella

Dear Sam,

It is too bad you did not get hit by the same power loss as most of the town, because as the Pink Lady has learned, there is no easier way to make one's self clean out the fridge than to be forced to throw away every single thing in it.

Nonetheless, that would still only be a temporary solution to your problem, because it wouldn't take too many trips to the grocery store before the leftovers were once again overflowing. Thus, I advise you to sit down with your roomie on a mild summer evening with two large glasses of "Blue Moons."

After she has been overcome by the drink's pure ice cream goodness, tell her that you're going to clean out the refrigerator in the morning, and you'd really like her to go through her own food. Explain that you are fine with being the one and only person who cleans out the fridge, if she's okay with that, but that you will be brutal—no spot of mold will be spared, and no expiration date will be unchecked.

If she does not pare down her groceries on her own, then feel free to start throwing things out. But you should be prepared to mitigate her potential shock at a clean, empty fridge with more drinks at the ready. And if she gets angry because you want a clean fridge, there's always Craigslist, where you can find either a new roommate or second refrigerator for your garage.


The Pink Lady

Blue Moon

1 c. vanilla ice cream

4 oz. blue curacao

2 oz. gin

5 drops bitters

3 to 4 drops blue food coloring

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Garnish with a cherry.

This week's drink is from A Taste of Georgia (Newnan, Ga., 1977).

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