Storm's a-coming. Or at least that's what every news outlet and government official in the area would have you believe. I have been granted a four day weekend, which means that as long as I have power, I shall be only mildly inconvenienced but possibly very bored.
Pre-storm preparations in these parts have been somewhere around the intersection of laissez-faire and half-assed. Mainly, I figured it would be totally okay to stop by the grocery store last night around 9:30. My thinking: I don't want to be there with the madding crowd. The reality: Arrival after the madding crowd means that there may not actually be any food remaining.
Evidently the only potatoes left in NJ (TM) were red creamers. I bought them in self-defense, but also, I know how to make them and they are delicious. Check in later for more advice on that front. Bread was also in short supply so I did what I had to do. Mixed up a few loaves of white bread. Not too hard and very delicious.
What should you cook before you lose all power?
1. Make the focaccia. With pepperoni and cheese it is a filling snack with protein, but you don't need to keep it in the fridge. It's perfect for tiding people over. It's also pretty versatile and can use pantry items, so be creative if need be.
2. Sugar cookies! If you are going to be housebound with older children, bake the cookies while you still have the chance. Decorating them will occupy plenty of time. Make them Halloweeny to perk up small people who worry that their holiday trick or treating will be ruined. Whip your royal icing in advance unless you have arms of steel. Whipping could be done without power, but you'd feel it in the morning.
3. Pumpkin cake/loaf/muffins - again, I recommend investing in refrigerator free snack items. This versatile recipe can be a cake, a loaf or muffins depending on what you think will go over with your audience.
I also elected to hard boil some of my eggs. I figure they'll last longer than raw eggs if I do lose power and they work for multiple meals - deviled, as egg salad (you'll have to use your mayo ASAP if the power goes), or sliced on salad.
On an entirely non-cooking note, did you think to...
2. Do Laundry.
3. Run the dishwasher.
4. If at some point we're without water, you'll be grateful you did.
5. Move a flashlight to your bedside table just in case you lose power over night and need to see.
6. Fill up some ziploc baggies with water and pop them in your freezer - your freezer will stay cold longer if it's full.
7. Charge all of your devices - including iPods, Kindles, etc. It's easy to remember your cell phone because you need it. But what about all the things you'll want?
What are you cooking or doing to prepare for the storm? Or are you a lucky bastard who's not on the East Coast?