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The Cooks Get Cooking: Hurricane Issac

August 26, 2012 by Joan Nova in Beans/Legumes, Bread, Pizza, Flatbreads, Desserts, Finishing Touches, Florida, Italian, Meat, Recipe Development, Rice/Risotto | 10 Comments

Although we’ve been lucky for a number of years now, living in FL you know the drill and you don’t take chances. A couple days before a storm’s forecasted arrival: fill the gas tank, stock up on water and fresh ingredients — fruits, veggies, cheeses, crusty bread. Things that are easy to eat without power. And … while you still have power, start cooking what’s in the freezer.

I was prepared but once it was reality and I was stuck in the house till it passed, my thoughts went to comfort foods. So, with the first rain band, I got cooking – literally!

Rice Pudding

Growing up, rice pudding was a frequent dessert. My mother made it, my grandmother made it, everyone made it. But it must have skipped a generation because I never make it and I don’t think my sister does either. Of course, it’s probably because we’re always watching carbs, counting calories and try to stay away from white foods! :( But this was a potential hurricane. I needed comfort.

I loosely followed this recipe. It was creamy and everything one expects from rice pudding. But I think with the passage of time, I lost my taste for rice pudding. A couple of teaspoonfuls was all I needed to satisfy the urge.

Next up …

Broccoli and Bacon Crumb Pesto Pizza

Ready-made pizza dough slathered with pesto, chopped roasted broccoli and grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, toasted broccoli crumbs and crumbled bacon. 
Finishing Touch: Sprinkle of broccoli crumbs (the tips of florets) that have been toasted with a little crumbled bacon.

•     •     •

The hours pass and the rain continues, but I still have power. The worst is yet to come later tonight.

So, let’s squeeze in Happy Hour and another little meal.

Italian sausage with fennel, peppers + onions, on pureed cannellini beans

I started cooking (and eating) early in the morning so there may yet be another bite before lights out. Maybe the Sicilian Pistachio Gelato in the freezer. Who knows? The electricity might go out while I’m sleeping and it would be shame if it melted. Right? Right! :)

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  1. bellini says:

    Stay safe and snug Joan. And by all means don’t let the gelato go to waste:D

  2. Norma says:

    I will be there soon. My mom made the best pudding and has always been a favorite. That pizza looks so good Joan.

  3. I hope Isaac behaves for you!
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  4. I grew up with “arroz con leche” but it is true, I never make it..
    Please, take care! Those of us who have never experienced that would be terrified at the idea..Anxiety would make me eat: Where’s the pistacchio? ;D
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  5. I’ve been through this drill so many times that when we lived in the islands I had a list that I followed.

    If you think your power will go out, always eat the ice cream first.
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  6. Ashley says:

    Delicious kind of recipe…I cant wait to try it…This pizza really looks yummy..
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  7. LIke you, I grew up eating rice pudding, but somehow it didn’t follow me when I left home. Still, comfort food is comfort food. And I could definitely extract some serious comfort from that pizza.

    So glad you weren’t really blasted by Isaac–Let’s now pray it doesn’t strengthen and hit Louisiana!
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  8. Robin Sue says:

    Hopefully you came through the storm ok. The broccoli crumbs sound really unique and delicious! Good idea to start cooking the freezer foods before the lights go out!
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  9. Katie says:

    I’ve never lived in an area prone to natural disasters, but even with the familiarity of “the drill,” I imagine it must be scary. At least you had some good food while you were holed up at home. I’ll take a slice of pizza and some sausage, please.
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  10. When I was growing up, we had a similar drill for tornado warnings. Hope all is well, and no food was wasted. Especially the pistachio gelato!
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