Readers, you amaze me. When I asked on Twitter over the weekend what you cooked in the storm, the array of dishes sounded tempting, warming, nourishing — and only a little fattening. Alas, all that shoveling does burn calories and work up a fierce hunger.
In my kitchen, there was Turkish red lentil soup, chicken soup, roast chicken on a bed of root vegetables, and oven fries. Ingredients for lemon cake and hummus are still sitting on the counter. A neighbor who was expecting guests found herself with a pot of Julia Child’s boeuf bourguignon and steamed potatoes, so invited us and other neighbors. I brought Maine shrimp for a first course, and some chocolate brownie cookies from my freezer. Another guest brought chocolate chip cookies.
On Twitter, Nookie (@chef
nookie) wrote in to say, “enchiladas and an old school lasagna. It got us through.” Jillian Bernardini (@Jill_Eats) needed more than 140 characters to list her dishes, so used two tweets to write, “pan seared crisped haddock in bacon fortified beef broth, shaved radishes and artichoke hearts. wintry potato squash soup with sliced multigrain.” She sent pretty photos of both. Here are more reports.
Lisa Johnson (@AnaliFirst): “I baked Peanut Butter Pistachio Cookies with peanut butter instead of Nutella.” Wendy G. Pierce (@wendypierce): “Roasted chicken w/sausage & mushroom stuffing. Kids asked if a blizzard was a holiday!” Carolyn Grantham (@LimeyG): “Veal
osso bucco & coq au vin, b/c those were the ingredients left in the grocery store.”
Drew (@The DrewStarr): “Matzo ball soup, chili w/cornbread, linguine w/Maine shrimp. Jeff Megargell (@jdmeg
arg): “Monkey bread from scratch, the dough is currently rising and the cinnamon sugar ready to go.” Jen Klein (@klein5
jen) did her cooking in the dark: “Eggs Benedict SatAM, risotto SatPM, & pancakes & bacon SunAM. Contemplating tonight. We have no power — but do have a gas range.”
Jay Hall (@JCHA30): “Egg-less cookie dough and Loco Moco (a Hawaiian dish w rice, hamburger, fried eggs and brown gravy) delicious!” Dishes in the kitchen of Sarah Reynolds (@
elephantgarlic) were quite ambitious: “Spelt pasta from scratch, roasted goat ribs, NY-style bagels.” Joe (@no2phillips): “My wife made Sante Fe Chicken Black Bean Stew.” Jess Green (jb
greenfish): “Baked macaroni and cheese, potato and onion frittata, @smittenkitchen Best Cocoa Brownies, @bonappetit granola, an odd polenta.”
Mo (@hammock_tussock): “Cooked raisin bread, gluten free gingerbread, spaghetti sauce, and red snapper.” Lynne P. Taylor (@neulpt): “Lentils with cabbage and a small filet of beef left over from last weeks Fresh 20 shopping list.”
From five Food section contributors, Sally Vargas e-mailed to say she made a pot of chicken stock, then used the broth to simmer all the fridge odds and ends into a soup. She also made apple crisp.
Lisa Zwirn, worried about losing power (she didn’t), wanted “to make something ahead of time that wouldn’t require an oven,” so bought a corned beef, sauerkraut, and pickles. They layered everything in sandwiches with cheese, then heated them Reuben-style. She also made a batch of white beans, added garlicky tomato sauce and baby kale, and used that as a sauce over orecchiette, sprinkled with Parmesan. She’s testing recipes for a St. Patrick’s Day story in the section, so she also made whole-wheat soda bread, currant scones, and a molasses-raisin quick bread. “Oh, and one big pot of popcorn for nibbling,” she writes.
Debra Samuels, who wrote the story about fireplace cooking last month, is still at it. Her fireplace was blazing all day. When the coals died down, she made a chicken, chourico, and potato stew seasoned with masala powder and cumin. She also made a quinoa pilaf served over a bed of steamed spinach with cubes of butternut squash.
“Just to have something to nibble on & for lunches,” writes Jane Dornbusch, she roasted bone-in chicken breasts. She also made a chopped salad; a pilaf of spinach, feta, and orzo; some frozen ginger-soy marinated cod fillets; brownies; a batch of granola. “Never got around to the chocolate-chip banana bread I’d planned.”
And Peggy Hernandez said that when her husband heard about the storm, he headed to John Dewar & Co., the Wellesley butcher, and stocked up. He made pan-roasted brined pork chops, the dish on the cover of the January Bon Appetit. The next night he simmered osso bucco with risotto Milanese, which friends came to share once the driving ban was lifted.
“Yes, very rich,” Hernandez says, “but we easily burned it in two days of hours of shoveling and plowing.”