Snowtober

woodstove cooking

by JenniferA - Bread and Putter on November 4, 2011

Okay, this was the week that I was seriously going to get back into the groove and get back to blogging two or three times a week instead of the maybe one a week I’ve been managing lately. But then this happened.

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And this:

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And the power went out for seventy-two hours. Not that I was counting. But the food cannot be stopped here at Bread and Putter headquarters. I’ve never been more thankful for our woodstove. On Sunday, I reheated the gumbo I made on Saturday before the outage on top of the woodstove. On Monday, I got more creative. I baked sweet potatoes inside the woodstove (they are staying warm on top of the stove in the top picture), cooked broccoli & cauliflower on top of the stove in that pot (started with hot water from the kettle I kept on the stove with water throughout the whole outage for tea), and grilled a small steak and two little lamb chops that were rapidly thawing yet still safely cold in my new, apparently well insulated freezer.

Some of us enjoyed the storm more than others.

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As I type this, most of my neighborhood is still without power. I am so grateful to be safe, comfortable and warm. And maybe next week is the week I get that groove back.

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Tina Tuszynski November 4, 2011 at 12:57 am

Wow, how unbelievable! I’m dreading the upcoming winter here in Chicago, and looking at those photos even more so. At least you’ve got the opportunity to cook a lot! Stay warm.

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Karma November 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Reminds me a bit of my cooking days back at Old Sturbridge Village. Counting me as one of the very lucky too. I hope today is the day most of our world is put back to rights. Do you want wood from our yard when we get it chopped up? It is mostly oak that we have to deal with.

PS – no photo hunt from you this month? I really thought a word affectionado like you would’ve gotten into it. Due to the circumstances in these parts, I’ll take a late submission if you’d like to do it – I bet you could even do an all food-themed idiom photo hunt!

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JenniferA November 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Not sure on the wood – we are already going to have a ton from our own yard and neighbors. As for your challenge, it just got away from me, like everything else has lately.

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Karma November 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Think about a food idiom entry to get your blogopoloosa started! ;-) I’d love to see it.

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Renae November 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm

We too have lots of oak. Some big, some nice and small for kindling. Any takers?

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Scott Thomas Photography November 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Your Massachusetts forefathers would have been proud of your pioneer spirit. I would have been (and have in the past) used our outdoor gas grill during power outages. Good to have a backup you can count on. I think the US needs to look at our electrical infrastructure. Do we really need all these wires and poles anymore?

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Karma November 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I just read an article yesterday Scott, addressing just that – estimates for burying all electric systems underground are about $1 trillion! I don’t think we’d like the rate hike we’d have to pay for that!

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Scott Thomas Photography November 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I’d rather invest in our country than giving away the trillions of money we do to other countries. Imagine the improvements in not only electricity but Internet. Wif-Fi hotspots instead of cable and the like.

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JenniferA November 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I did use the outdoor grill for the steak and chops. Strangely enough, my house is one of the only ones in the neighborhood that has underground wires. It would be nice if that was the norm – all those wires sure do mess up photographs sometimes too, right? ;-)

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caryl November 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Holy shite!!! Here in Canada, we just got our first dusting today. The world’s gone mad!! Mad, I say!!

I have a headache and words are all fuzzy. Kinda like that wild animal in the photo above.

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Jayne November 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Im sorry you had no power but I love your pictures and your wood stove, what a lovely thing to have (and lucky you had it!)

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Andrea L November 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Glad you have your power back! Ozzie sure looks like he liked the snow; I think he was one of the few that did. ;)

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Deb November 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Your photos had this California girl shivering! I enjoyed hearing about your resourcefulness and so glad to hear you have power again!

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Tracy November 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Yuck! I’m so not ready for winter yet. Good thing you have that nice wood stove. Stay warm!!

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