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Silly "emergency" food runs?

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Our area is being battered by storms this weekend. While I canceled most plans and opted to stay in, one of the things this crazy weather did not deter me from was to go for an "emergency" store run to get Parmesan cheese, b/c I had just run out. Then it occurred to me that perhaps this was a bit absurd-- I can go for days without milk or eggs, but as soon as I run out of Parmesan (freshly grated black pepper is almost on that list for me as well), I'm willing to brave storms to get some? Granted, this is Northern California, so "storms" means rain and not a blizzard. I'm not sure if I would brave blizzards to get Parmesan.

Do other people do this sort of thing or have a non-essential "emergency" ingredient that they are willing to brave storms or other things to get?

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  1. Ice cream!
    Of course blizzards are nothing special in NH, so they don't stop me from going pretty much anywhere, but I would be willing to make a special trip for ice cream on any day!

    1. Yesterday, I walked through pouring rain for pearl onions and Spanish green olives for the coq au vin I was making. It was worth it. I've also walked through a storm for a can of catfood, but that's different. The kitty NEEDED that food.

      1. Half & half for my coffee. (For me half & half is the point of coffee!) I once was camping in the rain & wasn't up to dealing with the conditions to make coffee. Decided to drive out & find breakfast (meaning coffee with ...). NO place had it, all any restaurant had was the fake stuff or skim milk. I drove 3 hours, until at lunch time I found a restaurant that had some only because they had purchased it for the quiche they had made earlier!
        So yes, this is the only item I have braved tropical storms & major snow storms for!

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        1. re: meatn3

          meatn3, i have similar feelings toward half-n-half. now, i'm never out, because harris teeter carries a shelf stable one (refridge after opening) that i can keep in my pantry.....
          it is called "special request half and half" from "farmland dairies" in new jersey.

          and....cheaper than the chilled!

          1. re: alkapal

            Alkapal, Thanks! I have seen that type milk, but never half-n-half. I'll check next time I'm in Harris Teeter.

            1. re: meatn3

              you may need to request it at your particular harris teeter.

        2. Having lived in cold country most of my life (Colorado & north), I have a stock of dry and canned goods planned out to last me up to 15 days of fair eating or 30 days of rationing, in case of "snowed in" conditions. So you would think that a few days of roughing it during storms would be no problem right?
          Nope - in the middle of an ice storm turning to heavy snow my wife turns "THOSE" eyes on me and says oh so sweetly, "I need some daikon from the Korean store".
          So off I go without a thought to pick up a single daikon.

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          1. re: hannaone

            So familiar! I am the "those eyes" side of a very simliar relationship! Must be something about Korean women who marry non-Koreans. You trap them with the food, and then control them with "those eyes"....

            We live in Montreal which has had 3 major snowstorms in the last month. If we didn't ignore the weather, we'd never go out... Anyhow, there is no such a thing as silly emergency food runs. Parmesan is important. Daikon is important. Smoked Chinese ham is important. Weather be darned...

          2. For us on the coast it is hurricane supplies.

            These usually consist of candles, beer, bread, peanut butter and jelly, and anything in a can.

            1. Good nonfat plain yogurt (my lone source of calcium) and crusty bread.

              1. cheese popcorn (ie Smart Food).

                1. Coffee. Garlic. Gotta have my one cup of the day and I cook with garlic nearly every day.

                  1. Well, I'm not so sure this counts as "food". Or really as an "emergency". But ... we've run out in a blizzard to get champagne (veuve clicquot, specifically). It's become a tradition of ours to do our holiday photo card with the VC in the snow -- and here in NYC, the snow doesn't always come anymore. So we have to take what we can get. Usually we have a bottle on hand, but on at least 2 occasions we've been caught offguard. Out to the store, camera in hand we go, ready to hit whatever obscure landmark we've decided will be our backdrop (this year it was the Little Red Lighthouse).

                    1. Must have wine! When the power goes out, we make a trip to the store for wine and snacks. Then we play Trivial Pursuit and drink wine by candlelight.

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                      1. re: mojoeater

                        That sounds great!! My sister and I must always have wine on hand....but that may be because we are winas....

                      2. If it's a Sunday I'll brave the elements to get the Sunday Boston Globe

                        1. If a snow storm's coming, I need to make sure I have supplies for hot chocolate -- with marshmallows, of course.

                          1. My partner just told me about something he heard on the radio (CBC radio here in Canada). They were interviewing a wine sommelier named Normand Belanger. They were talking about the Montreal Ice Storm in 1998. M. Belanger recounted how he arrived home after a business trip to find himself in the middle of the ice storm. No electricity, but he had some nice wine and a can of fois gras that he enjoyed under candlelight. He recommended that we all keep canned fois gras next to our candles and flashlights. Talk about a great emergency supply! I think he was joking, but I bet many a Montrealer is takng his advice. That's why I love Montreal!

                            1. I think a big part of it is that sometimes you just want to be out in the mess! I spent a big chunk of my childhood in Boulder, Colorado, and I still remember the now-legendary Christmas Eve Blizzard of 1982 (which among other things ended up getting Denver's mayor-for-life Bill McNichols run out of office on a rail because he didn't get the streets plowed for something like two days) as the time that my older brother and I walked the four blocks from our house to the nearby 7-11 in the midst of a storm that eventually left over two feet of snow on the ground and drifts that went to the top of the six-foot privacy fence in our backyard.

                              And what did we go to the 7-11 for? Nachos, a couple of Big Gulps, and a few games on the Centipede machine.

                              Many years later, I grilled steaks on my driveway in the middle of a snowstorm, just for the laugh.

                              1. i had a boyfriend who was religious about checking our peanut butter levels. if it went below the half full line, it was time to stock up. sometimes he'd get up in the middle of the night to make himself a sandwich and i'd hear him leave the apt a few minutes later...i almost thought he was cheating, but he always came back a few minutes later with a fresh jar of peanut butter. :o)

                                1. Freakin' ketchup! I was in college during a hurricane warning (for those of you not in the know, Warning = it's over your house). We made a big breakfast and someone wanted ketchup with their hashbrowns. So I jumped in the SUV and drove to the only store open to get nice jumbo size bottle of Heinz. Almost had a tree limb fall on me on the way back...but those were some damn good hashbrowns.

                                  1. Good bread, or flour, et al. to make it. I think I read too much Laura Ingalls Wilder as a child, since everytime snow is forecast, I start thinking about having enough bread to last the winter! (and herring in the barrel, and pickels in the keg, and cheeses in the attic, and maple sugar cakes and, and, and...) :-)

                                    Never mind I can walk to my co-op in 15 minutes in any kind of weather - that 'stock-up-for-the-winter' mindset kicks in.

                                    Wishing good weather to all, but good food despite that fact,

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                                    1. re: cayjohan

                                      I can cook anything without having mirepoix, potatoes, 3 kinds of flour and milk, plus OJ and chocolate and cheeses. I have a chest freezer, plus a pantry in my kitchen and another stock of shelf of shield-stable items in the basement.

                                      My mom could outlast a hurricane if she has whole coffee beans and 1/2-1/2.

                                    2. It's not exactly food, but I actually ran out and bought a Magimix food processor one afternoon because I needed to grind up matzoh for matzoh balls. I was having a severe craving for matzoh ball soup. It wasn't exactly stormy, but I did have to carry it all the way home in the rain.