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Home in a hurricane, what are you cooking?

So with Irene scheduled to hit us Jersey folks on Sunday, I'm trying to figure out what I want to cook. Hubby has already requested chili, and as long as it's not too humid, I'm game (no AC so too much cooking on humid days = cranky cook).

But I also wanted to do a cookie, perhaps a shortbread, and was trying to think hurricane themed cookie or cupcake. Any ideas out there?

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  1. I can cook with gas even if the electricity goes and I'm definitely worried that it will. We'll be looking to use our grills and not opening the fridge as much as possible given the electric goes out.

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    1. re: monavano

      I have a gas stove, and I was unable to cook two storms ago when the electricity went out. The clicking turn-on mechanism renders my gas stove useless without electricity.

      1. re: Jay F

        Yes. Only old-fashioned gas ovens work without electricity.

        1. re: Karl S

          Did not know that. I guess I need to hold on to my "vintage" 1998 gas piece-o-junk for a while longer.

        2. re: Jay F

          Have you tried using a lighter? That's what I do to ignite the gas.

          1. re: monavano

            Newer stoves cut the flow of gas without electricity as a safety measure.

            1. re: Karl S

              I'm very accustomed to lighting a stovetop with a match, as many stoves in Europe don't have pilot lights. However, I'm concerned that with my newer American stove, there's not only not going to be a pilot light but there also won't be gas flow at all. Can anyone confirm?

              1. re: biondanonima

                Depending on just how new new is, yes, you will lose the gas flow because it will switch off automatically as a safety precaution.

                1. re: biondanonima

                  Can't confrim without your brand.However most have good online sites.Or there is a section of "just ask" .com that may help out.Sorry for no url but it is easy to find.

                  I think this is a problem with a short,tiny list of gas tops.I have a post below covering two brands.

                  1. re: biondanonima

                    Odds are in your favor the stove top burners will light....with a match. ~~~ The Oven? Probably not. ~~~ Why not just go unplug your stove and see....Then you'll know what you're dealing with....


                    1. re: Uncle Bob

                      or flip the breaker,my plugs,out is easy,an acrobatic effort to replug

                      1. re: lcool

                        I have neither a breaker (old fashioned fuses) nor an easy to unplug stove. It's a GE, about 4 years old. I'll check the website you recommended, or maybe pull the fuse tonight to find out!

                        1. re: biondanonima

                          Odds 99% in your favor with GE at all quality levels.It's been a while for fuses for me.One thing I do remember is that older fuses can be stubborn,hard to get out and easily damaged re-inserting.Do you have spares?Sad to see you are in an area that is likely to hit so much harder than here.
                          good wishes and good luck

                          1. re: biondanonima

                            I have a 3 year old GE gas cooktop. It works when there is no power. I'm counting on it big time!

                2. re: Jay F

                  But you can light it manually, no? I have the same clicking turn-on gas stove and I keep one of those long camping lighters in the kitchen.

                  Here is a fancy version: http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/...

                  1. re: tcamp

                    A strand of spaghetti can also be used if a long lighter is needed.

                    1. re: tcamp

                      I do the same thing< I cannot use my oven but the top of the stove works with a lighter.

                      1. re: magiesmom

                        Karl S's message is not being heard. Newer indoor gas ranges will not allow gas to flow without an electrical supply. Matches of any length are feckless. Defer to your outdoor grill.

                        1. re: Veggo

                          I think Karl S. figured that one out by now. Others got that our experiences varied. No confusion at least on my part.

                          1. re: Veggo

                            I am not so sure how prevelent Karl's observation is.I have two 48" ranges 1 WOLF ,
                            1 THERMADORE ,2.5 years old,all gas,propane from the factory.The ovens are safety equipped,won't light without electricity-no cooling or convection fans.But my stove top burners light just fine with a match.As do the six other brands less than two years old I am familiar with,duel fuel and all gas.

                            1. re: lcool

                              lcool, thank you - this makes me feel a bit better. I can do without the oven but no stovetop really sucks!

                        2. re: Jay F

                          A match would fix that; it would replace the electric pilot light that lights the gas.... just get a BBQ wand lighter, or a book of matches and your gas stove will work without the electricity on.

                          I know... we only have wind storms, etc. here in the NW, but they suck in 35degree weather.

                          Hope you all are well in the aftermath!

                          1. re: Jay F

                            Ours works if you light it with a lighter. Try that next time. We also have an electric ignition and if you just turn on the stove to light, the gas will come out, and you can light it quickly, then turn the flame down to the desired level.

                          2. re: monavano

                            Wanted to clarify that this is my gas cooktop. My double wall oven is electric, so SOL with that!

                          3. when wilma hit us...we cooked whatever was in the freezer the day after
                            and get some dry ice for the stuff u dont plan on cooking..

                            1. definitely gonna do a breakfast for lunch thing - maybe blueberry pancakes, or some french toast. dinner's going to be tomato soup and grilled cheese - perfect for "battening down the hatches"

                              1. as a former Florida resident, cook something that can be eaten cold -- just in case the power goes out.

                                1. Many years ago I lived "In Exile" in SC and had to do weekly trips to a customer site in NC. During storm season I had a small backpack white gas stove and rice, beans, water filter, etc. in the car just in case. One time when we did loose power for a week (power company said two weeks for repair) we had the neighborhood have a huge cookout in the middle of the street where everyone dumped out the contents of their freezers. The town brought out ice and we had designated one neighbor's garage as the place we all brought every cooler to make it easy. Surprising how great it was - tons of food and the neighborhood ended up feeding quite a few more people that did not have the options we did.

                                  More recently in the midwest when there was an awful flood in my area, for some strange reason I had power - while most neighbors did not. Chest freezers were dropped off at my garage and we ran extra circuits from the main junction. Same deal - people could come in and get what they needed and we had the road closed off for a large neighborhood cookout.

                                  Now? I have a commercial dehydrator and have many things stored "in case".

                                  Fun thing was that in SC we cooked tons of seafood at the cookout, mostly beef/pork/brats in the midwest. Not to mention the huge amount of wine for some reason.

                                  1. May I gently ask if you have ever actually been through a major hurricane? It seems that perhaps you have not. Assuming you only get the outer bands, your plan will be fine. If you take a direct hit, the power will be out, perhaps for several days. In which case it will be very humid with no AC, and things like cookies will get pretty soggy (but you'll eat them anyway). As the Floridian pointed out, you'll want things that can be eaten room temp. Start eating things in the fridge that will go bad quickly, then work your way through the freezer in order of perishability. Non-perishable is good! After Ike, we kind of turned into a block-party putting together meals from all the neighborhood freezers and pantries for several days until we ran out. Hope ya'll don't take a direct hit, and stay safe! :-)

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                                    1. re: arashall

                                      Yep! Our power goes out with the mildest of storms in the DC area.

                                      Isabel knocked us out for a week; we emptied the freezer, cooked on the grill (amazing what can be grilled when you're creatively hungry) and pooled food with the neighbors. Lots of alley parties and stupendous quantities of alcohol consumed.

                                      1. re: tcamp

                                        Yeah, we even had a great dessert of previously frozen berries and melty icecream :-)

                                      2. re: arashall

                                        1+ Make sure you have lights too. We ate canned tuna and some of the restaurants cooked what they had in the freezer and gave it away.

                                        1. re: arashall

                                          That's what we plan to do here (in MA). I went to the store to stock up on stuff like water (we're on a private well and have no water if we have no power), crackers, and refried beans in a can, but didn't buy any perishables because I don't want to have to throw out huge quantities of spoiled food.

                                          I can cook on my gas stove if lit with a lighter when the power goes out, but I doubt the food in my crappy fridge (10 yo GE Monogram) will last more than a couple of days at best. But we do have plenty of wine to go with whatever meals I can throw together.

                                          1. re: Isolda

                                            I'm stocking up on wine too and will probably buy a steak in case my power goes- we have a gas grill. I have back-up leftovers meatballs and spanish rice in the freezer that could be eaten at room temp in a pinch. My plan for today is clean laundry!

                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                              I stocked up on passionfruit juice so I can make rum Hurricanes for anyone that stops by....or after, if we do the BBQ thing in the street.

                                        2. The basic rule is you need to plan for loss of electricity/utilities. So don't cook food that has to be refrigerated. And, if you can't cook without electricity, you need to find ways to use up food that might get spoiled.

                                          Oh, and hurricanes generally bring VERY humid air along with them.

                                          At least with blizzards, you can usually keep food outdoors in the freezing snow.... no such luck with hurricanes.

                                          1. Please be safe first!

                                            Here's an appropriate cookie, since you asked: Salted Butter Break-Ups, from Dorie Greenspan


                                            Absolutely delicious, meant to be broken up at the table!

                                            1. Having lived in La. all my life (50+) I may be qualified to recommend non-perishable foods. Cook anything that will spoil quickly before the storm hits & be prepared to eat it without reheating. With a Catogory 3 direct hit you could be without power for at least a few days. Get a gas grill & extra tank of propane, you will need to cook outside. Fill any empty space in the fridge and freezer with as much ice as you can! Buy a generator and extension cords to keep the fridge running when the power goes out. Stock up on peanut butter, canned tuna, canned fruit, crackers and lots of bottled water. Fill the bathtub with water for flushing the commode, the city/county services will also be without power. This water can be boiled and consumed if needed, on the gas grill.

                                              1. A couple more tips: A packed freezer stays frozen longer, so fill empty space with bottles of water. The items on the door are the first to go, so move them to the interior. Do not open the freezer door after the power goes out. I try to only open the fridge once to move essentials and drinks to the cooler -that way you keep the fridge cold a bit longer.

                                                Buy bags of ice just before the storm comes - it is close to impossible to find it after the power goes out. A big cooler is a huge plus in these situations.

                                                Cook some green beans and potatoes ahead of time and treat yourself to a nice salad nicoise for dinner, which is wonderful this time of year with or without power. Precook some chicken, which is great cold (and there is always that canned chicken in a pinch). Sandwich fixings, as long as they are kept on ice, will be fine for 2 days and make easy meals.

                                                Good luck! Just hoping I don't have to take my own advice!

                                                1. I vote for a Dark and Stormy cupcake. Either a ginger cake with rum icing or a rum cake with ginger icing!

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                                                    1. re: biondanonima

                                                      we DO need a LIKE button here on Chowhound - staff? Are you monitoring?

                                                      GREAT SUGGESTION:)

                                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                                        Thanks! My husband has demanded that these be made before there is any possibility of the power going out, so I'll probably end up baking tomorrow morning, LOL!

                                                    2. I"m in Jersey, too. I've never lived through a bad hurricane, so I am not sure what to expect. I have a freezer filled mostly with raw meat and steamfresh veggie bags right now. I bought some foods that can stay at room temp like peanut butter, olives, nuts, pickles, soppressata, (apparently in case of emergency, I will be eating antipasto?) crackers, bread, fruit, etc. but I am still deciding what to make for dinner tomorrow. Those dark and stormy cupcakes do sound great, though!

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                                                      1. re: CoffeeNCookies

                                                        The last time a Cat 3 hurricane came through here I think I was like 12 and I remember nothing about it.

                                                        My husband is bringing home a generator. We are stocked up on cold beverages. After tomorrow, we will have plenty of food on hand as well.

                                                        We shall see.

                                                      2. Looking at the New Orleans Hurricane Drink recipe (the Hurricane was invented in NOLA) I would go with a Rum Cake cupcake with an Orange/Grenadine frosting.

                                                        1. Have some experience with surviving hurricanes (although I am a Jersey girl, I lived in TX for 5 yrs), I definitely recommend stocking up on bottled water. (remember when Gloria came through this area many were without power for several days, and Gloria came through with no moon, and the ground was not already saturated. When Irene hits it will be with a full moon and saturated grounds, not to mention full lakes/streams and reservoirs). Expect no power for a bit, expect no potable water from taps too. (unless you are on a private well) Make sure you have enough of your medications for at least a week. Definitely fill your cars up with gas, and have plenty of cash. (ATM's wont be up if the power is out, and stores cannot process credit/debit purchases either) If you have a gas grill get a spare tank so that you will be able to cook and boil water. Stock up on paper plates, plastic cups and plastic utensils.

                                                          Like others have previously said, stock up on canned meats, peanut butter, and other food stuffs that do not have to be heated or refrigerated. I always cook up a bunch of bacon and place it in a tupperware container. It will hold for quite a while in a cooler and then I can always make some great BLT's. (I stock up on bread, lettuce, tomatoes, and other deli sandwich makings. If you can find a bunch of the single serve salad dressings packets, not to mention mayo too, great!. Salads and sandwiches will be great food to have when we have no electric and AC. I also recommend making a bunch of ice over the next few days as that will be a precious commodity much in demand.

                                                          HTH! Be safe and keep dry!


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                                                            1. re: PuniceaRana

                                                              If you're on a private well and the power goes out, you will only have the water that is in your holding tank, because the well pump requires electricity. So everyone, well or city water, needs to stock up on potable water before an expected storm.

                                                            2. I'm thinking really simple foods that don't absolutely require refrigeration, and can be made ahead of time because you have no real way of knowing just what your power sources will be - and that are okay at room temp, starting with boiling a couple dozen eggs and maybe having on hand some canned foods that combine well and can be eaten of a piece without leftovers - linguafood mentioned good canned tuna with white beans and lemon; easily enough done and delicious - if you do have access to boiling water, can be tossed in with some cooked pasta and greens; also, a meatless minestrone that you can eat room-temp. Oh, also you can fill a few styro coolers w/ ice for immediate perishables; the milk, the meats (of which for the moment cured are best....you could pre-brown sausage and combine w/ canned beans for a sort of red beans/rice type thing; even buying the rice in the foil packs, ready to eat. Of course all this would be best if heated - but safe if you're not able to do that. And in the event that you do have power resources or a grill, well it's just happy days all over again; hunker down, make some cocktails, and have a BLT. Be safe.

                                                              1. I've been through my share of hurricanes living in Nova Scotia, although Irene is supposed to skip us. I agree with the helpful advice others have offered, but I have another. If you have one of those full-sized coolers with a drainage spigot on the bottom, fill it with fresh water before the storm hits. Much cheaper than using bottled water.

                                                                A camp stove is also a handy item to pick up and have on hand

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                                                                1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                  I have had homes in and lived in hurricane prone areas for many years -Yucatan, Florida, and Turks & Caicos which is is the poster child for hurricanes and my sturdy home took many beatings. Anyone can prepare for 2-3 days with an ice chest, basic provisions, and a propane grill. Hurricanes pass in about a day. The more difficult condition is prolonged interruption of electrical service and fresh water. This is far more unlikely in the eastern seaboard of the US than in Caribbean environs. But I keep rice, potable water, propane, and a week's worth of fuel for generators, just in case. Other goodies, too. And lots of beer. When the electric is out for a long time in the Caribbean, there is little else to do but drink beer and eat rice and fish.

                                                                2. I live in the virgin islands and we got the start if Irene but still had no power for 72 hours. It is such a pain and no matter how hard you try there is some food wastage. I had recently stocked up on fish so we barbecued tuna the first night. Used the thin fish fillets the next night for panko fish and chips and then made a fish pie that I kept chilled on ice then cooked in the gas oven the third night. I quite enjoyed the coziness of the candle lit first night but was bired by the third - particularky because we don't get running water if we have no power.......

                                                                  1. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I've only been through one true hurricane, but many power outages.
                                                                    Here in the DC area, the outlook is improving, but I'm still as ready as I can be, fortunately.

                                                                    1. Here in MA we have until Saturday night with power (hopefully)…..so chili in the crock pot tomorrow morning……….making a good amount of pasta this evening, have all our camp stoves (three butane burners as well) and a new propane tank for the grill…..we’re all set.

                                                                      Life is too short for crappy food during a natural disaster.

                                                                      Just like camping but at home with all my normal pots and pans.....no big deal. Make the most of it and stay safe.

                                                                      1. How about cucakes with a 'storm surge' of frosting on top?

                                                                        1. I'm baking for the volunteer fire department - those guys work crazy after a storm & are often appreciative of food.

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                                                                          1. re: THewat

                                                                            my hubby is a career fireman (and vol too) and I havent seen him since Thursday! He thinks he will be home Monday!

                                                                            1. re: LaLa

                                                                              I've got two loaves of lemon cake in the oven & if the electricity holds - which I expect it to do - I'll follow those with two of David Lebovitz's Almond cakes & some oatmeal cookies. I don't know any of the volunteers here well, but I sure am appreciative of the work they do.

                                                                          2. I'm in the DC area - don't expect the storm will be too bad here, but I AM planning on power outages and possible water cuts... because that seems to happen frequently out here on the east coast. I won't be able to heat up anything (gas stove w/ electric requirement) so I bought a lot of fruit (peaches, grapes, apples, oranges) because that won't need refrigeration. I also bought lots of crackers and flatbreads, and figure I can use up the smoked whitefish in my freezer on them, or canned tuna and white beans and herbs on them. I also used someone on here's suggestion from last night and bought things to make a Nicoise salad, plus I'll keep some extra hardboiled eggs on hand (*thanks, whoever suggested that!)

                                                                            I didn't buy much bottled water, instead just filled up some stockpots and pitchers with tap water and am keeping in it the fridge. Didn't see much point in buying a ton of water when I might not even need it!

                                                                            Now, if my husband can just make it home from NYC tonight.... (fingers crossed).

                                                                            1. i have a 3 yr old who eats next to nothing, but, much of what she will eat is refrigerated stuff. That's not so good when we lose power- which is a given. So, i stocked up on non-refridge mlik boxes, bags of snack food, cereal bars and the like. Will stock up on ice for cooler tomorrow if there is any to be had. If I have to open the fridge to feed her and toss everything else, so be it. We have wine and crackers...

                                                                              1. This may be a stupid question, but why doesn't anyone suggest cooking perishable items ahead of time? If you have perishable items, find a way to use them up now. I'd rather take the chance and cook up my (previously) frozen chicken, meat, etc than have to deal with what to do with slowly defrosting stuff.

                                                                                BTW, I'm on the West Coast, where we don't get advance notice of "natural" disasters, like earthquakes. Consider yourself lucky that you do, and good luck to all of you facing Irene's wrath. I've got family and friends on the East Coast, one of my good friends is being evacuated, and my BIL is in upper management for a utility company. Keeping everyone in my prayers...

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                                                                                1. re: alwayshungrygal

                                                                                  I have been doing just that this week, but I have a freezer full of meat that just can't ALL get used. I'm planning on cooking some extra meat tomorrow and holding it in the fridge so that I have pre-cooked stuff if the power goes out; I assume it will last a day or two between cooler, fridge and freezer.

                                                                                  1. re: alwayshungrygal

                                                                                    Agreed. I'm already trying use up whatever is in my freezer (thankfully, it's not a lot). I made the frozen potstickers tonight, and used up the bagged frozen spinach in a spinach dal last night. The problem is, a lot of what is in my freezer is stuff like vegetable stock, which doesn't really lend itself to quickly getting rid of in one meal...

                                                                                  2. Lots of good tips.

                                                                                    As a child in Florida we would strap on skates and grab an umbrella and fly down the streets with the winds (until the Mom grapevine found out.)!

                                                                                    Once the winds decrease but there is still rain, set buckets outside to catch rain. Good for flushing.
                                                                                    Fill sterilized bathtubs and washing machines with water for drinking, etc.

                                                                                    I buy dry ice ahead of time, wrap in newspaper and keep in a cooler. I've kept my fridge and freezer contents for over a week with dry ice and limited access.

                                                                                    Oh! Grind your coffee beans! One storm that was the only thing I forgot and I was miserable each morning because of it!

                                                                                    Cook before the storm, but make things that are ok w/out reheating. Hard boiled eggs, meat loaf (sandwiches), roast chicken, steamed shrimp....

                                                                                    Hope everyone stays safe!

                                                                                    1. Just remembered:

                                                                                      I fill multiple thermoses with boiling water. Usually stays hot enough for tea, instant grits/oatmeal, products like Fantastic Foods black bean dip, couscous, etc.

                                                                                      Pasta or rice based salads are filling and good at room temp. Fresh fruits help rehydrate.

                                                                                      Have baby wipes and/or lots of clean wash cloths and water for "bird baths" - often hot and sticky after the storm passes.

                                                                                      I saute onions, parboil potatoes, etc. Then I can use less fuel on the camp stove or grill when cooking later.

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                                                                                      1. re: meatn3

                                                                                        "I saute onions, parboil potatoes, etc. Then I can use less fuel on the camp stove or grill when cooking later." Very wise. Thanks.

                                                                                      2. Just put on a pot of Beef Burgundy, and the dough is rising for a loaf of Honey Wheat Bread.

                                                                                        1. I'm planning on roasting a chicken and doing either roasted garlic mashed potatoes or au gratin. I actually went to the grocery store this morning and did a regular shop. We have a generator so the refrigerator will have power even if the rest of the house does not.

                                                                                          I bought the ingredients to try the buffalo chicken tenders and blue cheese cole slaw recipe posted on this site earlier in the week. Gonna do that tomorrow.

                                                                                          1. I knew I could count on chowhounders for an informative and entertaining hurricane food thread. Today I picked all of our cherry tomatoes (ripe and close to ripe) and have them in the oven slow-roasting with lots of garlic. Will have that for pasta and/or the great baguette I picked up. I was also worried about my gas stove top but we have a gas grill. Love the salad nicoise idea, especially since we have plenty of produced from a local farm here. Going to cook up some potatoes/beans now. Stay safe and eat well.

                                                                                            1. Jambalaya in the crock, mashed cauliflower (in lieu of mashed potatoes), brownies, zucchini bread.

                                                                                              1. I made a pizza from scratch for lunch today while there was electrical power available. The dough was mixed yesterday and it rested in the fridge over night. The dough was great considering that the expiration date of the yeast was October 2006. I buy yeast in quantity because it is so much less expensive than the 3 pack. It keeps well in a glass jar in the fridge. Never get rid of yeast without proofing it first.

                                                                                                The heat in the kitchen was a bit much since the oven was at 500 degree, and the pizza stone was preheated for a half an hour before the pizza was plopped onto it.

                                                                                                Irene is on her way up the coast as I keyboard this post, so a leftover meatloaf sandwich on rye is for dinner in case power goes out. Kimchi will be a side dish.

                                                                                                1. I'll make a pesto sauce and spaghetti for the dinner Saturday night, planning for leaving left over for Sunday's lunch and dinner. If the power goes out we can easily eat them at room temperature. I even have wine cooling in the basement! Good luck to all.

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                                                                                                  1. re: tulio

                                                                                                    I've got lamb stew, but spaghetti & pesto sounds better. Can I come over?

                                                                                                  2. Things are starting to pick up here - parts of NJ are already without power and the rain is really coming down in Queens. I made pork fajitas earlier today and there are leftovers, as well as leftovers of yesterday's beef stirfry, both of which can be eaten at room temp if the power goes out. I baked brownies tonight just in case! DH changed his mind about the dark and stormy cupcakes when he realized that ginger would be involved, although I do intend to come up with a recipe for them eventually. Probably a chocolate stout cupcake with ginger-rum buttercream and crystallized ginger decoration!

                                                                                                    1. Cooking in hurricane? Contradiction in terms? Just had a cell call from my son and DIL who are getting pounded by Irene and they ain't cookin' nothin' as they have lost power (no stove, nothing else electric tho they have the fridge on the generator) and it's pouring too hard to go out on the deck and grill. Cheese and crackers and fruit, call it dinner.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                        that was always the rule for our hurricane box in Florida -- buy stuff you figure you can choke down cold, because you just might get the chance.

                                                                                                        1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                          Hurricanes in NE aren't usually as bad as they are in the south, because the cold Atlantic water slows them down. I lived in a midrise appt bldg in Boston during hurricane Bob, and we only lost power for a few hours. I'm now in a semirural area 20 miles west of Boston, and although it is blowing pretty hard out there, it's nothing like what people had down in NC yesterday. We have power and I do plan to cook today. What, I don't know, since I was expecting to lose power and didn't buy any perishable foods. Red beans and rice with whatever leftover sausage is in the fridge, maybe?

                                                                                                          My parents live up on a plateau in WA state and they lose power frequently during the winter. They do what you do and basically live on cheese and crackers for days at a time.

                                                                                                          1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                            It blew a bit here this morning but calmed down almost immediately after the "eye" passed. We didn't lose power, although supposedly there are people in all 5 boroughs who did. A few downed trees in our neighborhood but nothing on our block. So, now I have several gallons of water and a lot of canned tuna to use up!

                                                                                                            1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                              Tuna burgers, tuna salad, even tuna chowder....tuna with white beans and gremolata, tonnato sauce for veal, tuna/garlic sauce for pasta...tuna in your mac and cheese.... :)

                                                                                                        2. My whole focus was cooking whatever needed to be cooked in the fridge so that when the power went out, we would not be having to throw out food later…..

                                                                                                          in our case, it was andouille gumbo and also a pork tenderloin with sesame-garlic-ginger marinade.

                                                                                                          1. Pork shoulder in the dutch oven with green chile salsa, black beans on top of the stove. Plus lots of leftovers from the last couple of days (ratatouille, scalloped potatoes, chana shag).Stocked up on limes, tonic water, and an extra bottle of gin. Bottled up plenty of water. Brought in our potted herbs and vegetables off the front porch. And then it turned out it wasn't a big hurricane or tornado after all. THANK GOD.

                                                                                                            1. Woohoo! My electricity last until 9pm so I was able to use my oven to make a potato gratin with aged Pecorino and Parmesan, and I pan seared a pork tenderloin and garnished with a blackberry gastrique. Also sauteed rapini.
                                                                                                              It was delicious and best of all, the power came back on in the middle of the night, so we didn't lose a thing!
                                                                                                              I hope everyone is safe and had little to no damage.

                                                                                                              1. I wholeheartedly agree with the people that suggest cooking up all your perishables before a storm hits. Having weathered a few hurricanes, I can say that whatever you don't eat, your neighbors will glady accept.

                                                                                                                1. in advance of Irene I made our last pre-storm dinner some great steaks, roasted cauliflower asparagus and green beans. also baked some hand-held apple pies, chocolate chip cookies (with the toddler) and my version of pigs in blankets (puff pastry or crescent roll dough with andouille or chicken/apple sausage). all foods that are a "treat" in our house and could be eaten at room temp. we lost power for a day or so, but made it through relatively unscathed considering the flooding and damage around us (in northern NJ). tonight with power back on (yippee!!!) I'm trying to decide what to make. i'm exhausted and want something delicious and comforting, haven't decided what i'll whip up yet.