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What's for Dinner #170 - Apocalypse Chow edition [old]

Well, like everyone else in the NE, we're waiting for hell or high water, the latter being the more likely. Having had our Egyptian houseguest leave opens the door to pork, and that's what's for dinner tonight. A lovely loin of pork is roasting in the oven, and with that will be potato pancakes. My son and I will have applesauce with those (it's the only time I like a fruit with meat), and my husband will have his plain. There will also be broccoli rabe.

Yesterday, he did some BBQing, so there's a smoked turkey in case the power goes out, which is likely since we live in a "Tree City, USA."

How are you planning on getting through the Frankenstorm, or how are you making us jealous if you're not in its path?

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  1. I just found out that my work has closed on Monday. My CEO and CTO both live on Plum Island just outside of Newburyport, so I suspect they'll both be stranded out there (only a voluntary evacuation has been called for PI). But the CEO has always been concerned about employees driving in bad weather, so I'm glad he called for the close (especially since MA Governor has asked that private businesses also close as did the Commonwealth government offices).

    Two fridge freezers and chest freezer are full. Hopefully, if I *do* lose power, it won't be for longer than a couple of days, as things will stay frozen for at least that long.

    So - I get to sleep in late tomorrow. Depending on how that tree does outside my bedroom.

    P.S. LOVE the title of this thread! LOL

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      yay for you! hope you wake up warm, cozy and relatively dry!

      1. re: mariacarmen

        +1 on that! Please stay safe and snug. We will be thinking of all of you on the east coast to hope you stay safe and sound. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

      2. re: LindaWhit

        LW, glad your bosses had the good sense to put employee safety first! Hope more businesses do that.

        Good for you you get to sleep in, and enjoy all those full coffers of food:)

        1. re: gingershelley

          Well, I didn't sleep in - set the alarm for 7am when I realized I needed to run payroll for Wednesday. So I got up and into work by 8:30 - got home by noon after looking for a car charger for my cell phone (generic one @ Walmart, as the local Verizon store was closed).

          About 10 minutes ago, heard a loud ::::WHUMP!::: outside - ran to the front door and saw a dead tree in the woods next to me had come down - the top of which is lying in the grass that separates two sets of townhouses. So fingers crossed for the two large trees that are next to my end unit. (And a very strongly worded letter will be going to the Property Mgmt. company for the 4th time about when these trees will be either trimmed back or cut down. Last response from them was 3+ months ago when they said "we're putting it out for bids." Grrrr.....

          Lights flicker on occasion, so I suspect I'll go out. Internet, cable and landline phone will be gone should it happen. Hopefully Verizon has their act together if it does.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            We are flickering too! Tiny new tree is bending low..

              1. re: LindaWhit

                We had flickering as well, and periodic gusts. Dinner tonight will likely be leftovers.

                1. re: roxlet

                  I'm just sitting here in the rain, on the west coast, but I am so wishing all of you my love and prayers on the east coast. Please, please stay safe.

          2. No apocalypse planned for Chicago, but we do have a 3 day old baby so normal cooking is suspended. Tonight we had lovely baked spaghetti from a dear friend and my husband baked some romaine lettuce seasoned with salt and pepper, and olive oil as a side.

            Even the kids lived it. And, new baby let us eat together which was nice.

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            1. re: tzurriz

              congratulations!

              tell us more about that baked spaghetti :)

              1. re: tzurriz

                Congratulations on the new little one in your house!

                1. re: tzurriz

                  Congratulations to you! and wish the little one a belated "Happy Birthday"...

                  Great that you friend provided you all with a nice dish....

                  1. re: tzurriz

                    Congrats on your new CHer!

                    the lettuce was baked, and olive oil on the side? can you elaborate on this? thx!

                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      Cut a head pf romaine in 1/2 lengthwise, leaving the core attached. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400f for 8-10 minutes.

                      I know cooked lettuce sounds bizarre, but it is delicious. And since the oven was already on re-heating the spaghetti bake ...

                      1. re: tzurriz

                        Grilled Caesar Salad is a popular item at several pubs in our town- your version sounds like an easier way than firing up the grill. Terrific that you are home with a new baby- I imagine a lot of newbies on the East Coast will be named Sandy!

                        1. re: tzurriz

                          no i'd heard of cooked lettuce, i was just wondering about the prep - the olive oil "on the side". thanks for clarifying!

                            1. re: tzurriz

                              got it! thanks again, tzurriz. and enjoy your new little one!

                        1. re: tzurriz

                          Wow! Three days old and the baby is letting you post. That's some wonderful baby!! Congratulations, and as I look at my almost 17 year-old son, it's harder and harder to remember those infant days. Enjoy them.

                          1. re: roxlet

                            I post from my phone while he sleeps on me, or uses me as a pacifier.

                          2. re: tzurriz

                            Congrats on the new family CH'er, and that baked romaine sounds great:)

                            1. re: tzurriz

                              Congratulations on the new little one! <3

                              The baked romaine sounds very interesting!

                            2. Apocalypse Chow - love it!

                              ok, so the fix for not having skin-on chicken thighs was, natch, a marinade. my BF sees my marinading as as fetish - "any excuse to marinade' - but i'm ok with that.

                              so on finding we were out of sweet chili sauce, i winged it, with half a jar of homemade (not by me) tangerine marmalade (SOO GOOD! I'd forgotten i had it - a friend gave it to me last May, 2011!) i mixed sriracha, granulated garlic, a thumb-sized piece of minced ginger, lemon juice, salt, pepper, a little sugar, and a splash of fish sauce. four small idahos are baking in the oven. as soon as they're done i'll quick saute the chicken and then stick it under the broiler to caramelize a bit. roxlet's cole slaw, despite my bungles on the previous thread, abides....

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                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                MC...I don't know, but Mrs Phreddy marinades everything too!...I think I might come home from work one day and find some sole (that is my shoes) marinating!.

                                She says it a throw back to her days growing up in Ecuador, where the refrigeration was not the most reliable...

                                1. re: PHREDDY

                                  hah - funny. i didn't grow up marinating things, my mom (from Bolivia) didn't.... i just love strong flavors, and the marinades always seem to abet that.

                                2. re: mariacarmen

                                  Good save MC! One of my favorite chix dishes is ginger-orange chicken, and your marinade sounds about like it. BF is a lucky man if his woman uses 'any excuse to marinade' - takes those flavors up a notch fo' sure!

                                3. My meat CSA experimented with uncured beef bacon. I used it in black bean soup - red and green peppers, onion, garlic, beef bacon, chicken stock, canned black beans, ground cumin and ground chipotle chili powder. I made my mom's cornbread to serve on the side. It was good and comforting for a colder fall evening.

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                                    1. re: suburban_mom

                                      So SM, is that beef belly basically then? As in corresponding how pork belly is bacon, just not cured? Curious!

                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                        Should still have been smoked, I imagine, just not cured with saltpeter and spices first.

                                    2. this weekend has been one full of cooking -- we had a houseguest and in preparation for the storm. Last night we grilled our famous cheeseburgers with the standard sides. today i made pumpkin pancakes as well as migas using leftover ground turkey taco meat and baby spinach (yum). Tonight we had roasted bone in chicken breasts seasoned with tons of garlic and some rosemary and sage, roasted butternut squash and roasted brussel sprouts with coarse sea salt. Followed by an apple pie made from some of the spoils from our apple picking adventure a couple of weeks ago.

                                      Tomorrow I am planning on boeuf Bourguignon, but now that i have the day off tomorrow i'm tempted to make veal/spinach canneloni (made with crepes). that's a good long project that would make good culinary use of the day. But i don' t have some things i need. we'll see if it's fit to go out for ingredients tomorrow. BTW, the idea of going out for more food supplies is crazy given the amount of things we have on hand (2 stocked fridges/freezers). but i tend to shop often and cook exactly what i'm in the mood for. clearly not efficient.

                                      Best wishes to everyone in the storm''s path.

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                                      1. re: MAH

                                        I do the same thing, MAH, with two full fridges, freezers & pantries. And yet I consistently have to continue to shop as I cook what I am in the mood to eat, too.

                                        The migas, cannelloni & boeuf Bourguignon sounds wonderful..... I am currently reading Julia's My Life in France, and even though its 80 degrees out, it has me craving that very dish....

                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                          DWO - I LOVED that book! It is a fun read. I read that on the plane in '09 the first time I went to meet my Frenchman in Paris. It inspired my eating and food shopping while there for sure.

                                          If you like that one, I suggest a fun follow up is "As always, Julia" a collection of letters written between Julia and Avis DeVoto, starting when she and Paul lived in France, and on up to when they moved back to the states many years later - all the while she is preparing her book manuscript.