Friday, August 26, 2011

How to Prepare for an Emergency

As the Northeastern United States prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Irene we engaged in our own preparations at home. The storm was coming and we had to take every possible precaution to make sure we were prepared.

Spaghetti with Fennel, Tomato, Spinach, Scallops, Shrimp, and Lime Basil

The last time we were without power for days it was because of a minor storm. Now as a category 2 hurricane approaches we're preparing to be without power for at least five days. That means there is a lot we need to use up for fear of having to throw away the entire contents of our fridge and freezer.

I started off by using up some of the most perishable items in the freezer: scallops and shrimp.

I sauteed them up with some of the farm fennel, onion, garlic, farm spinach and tomatoes, olive oil, butter, and salt. I tossed in a little cooked spaghetti and garnished it with the lime basil from the farm.

Berkshire Brewing Co. Hefeweizen Ale

The first beer to be used from the fridge was this hefeweizen from Berkshire Brewing Company. Since it's unpasteurized and unfiltered I figured this was a good place to start. It was a pretty tasty hefeweizen. It pairs well with the lousy local news and air of gloomy uncertainty.

Longford's Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream with Sugarplum Chutney

For dessert I scooped out some Longford's Tahitian vanilla ice cream and served it with Jen's sugarplum apple chutney from the other night. This is one of the few things that I've ever had that goes just as well with a grilled pork loin chop as it does with vanilla ice cream. Surprisingly, even considering the garlic, it was quite delicious with ice cream.

Cavalry Brewing Company Nomad Stout

As a second dessert I had this Nomad Stout from Cavalry Brewing.

As we spend the rest of the night preparing for the inevitable loss of power we're enjoying as much television as possible. Our theory is that if we watch a lot of television now we can somehow save it up for those dull hours where we are without power. That way all these episodes of Monk can be stored up and slowly used during the hours without power.

Let this be a lesson to everyone: you need to take emergency preparations seriously. It could save your life.

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