I always love to read those "man-on-the-street" columns in my local newspaper. It seems that frivolous questions rather than weighty ones inspire far livelier and intriguing responses. In the same spirit, I collar friends, relatives, and total strangers to ask them inconsequential questions on culinary matters.

Q: What's the oldest thing in your fridge?

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Jennie (via email): I looked deep into the fridge and I believe I've located the oldest item: the last few inches of a very large batch of homemade teriyaki sauce. I'm not sure how long it's been in there, but undoubtedly more than two years.