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I'm Ready, Why is the Power Still On? 
Feb. 25, 2011 9:56 am 
Updated: Feb. 25, 2011 10:54 pm
It's another stormy day in central California.  The newscasters have been warning us for days that THIS could be a big one!  They have assured us that the power will be going out again but this time I am ready, at least more ready than last week.  My final load of laundry is finishing in the dryer.  My bathtub is full of water since I am on a well and when the power goes so does the pump.  Filling the bathtub will allow us to flush.  We have plenty of bottled water for cooking, we are freshly showered and squeaky clean.  I have menus planned for stove top cooking since I can light my burners with a match.  We have lots of good books to read and candles and flashlights to read them with.  My banana bread is ready to come out of the oven.  I'm set.  Watch, after days of preparation nothing will happen powerwise, but at least I'm set for a nice weekend of relaxing with my hubby, could be worse.  We can hunker down and enjoy the storm.  Have a great day!
Feb. 25, 2011 10:54 pm
always better to be prepared! better safe than sorry right? I'm in Nor Cal and we got hit w/ 2+1/2 feet last week and had no power for 3 days. the roads were closed so we couldn't even leave the neighborhood! my grill has a burner on it so we 'camp at home' with our menu of camping food. we have our coolers all set and ready to go. We still haven't restocked the freezer, just in case. we lost so much frozen food! well, safety in the snow to us all!
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I am a retired chef and restaurant owner. I love food and all things related to it. I am also an avid Texas Holdem poker player. I am married with an awesome husband and two grown happily married children and one grandson. I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in a very small town. We live on 10 acres and have three different gardens with varying levels of success that my beautiful daughter-in-law is in charge of with my help. I believe in cooking from scratch and am glad that I now have the time to do it.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make soups, baked goods, and delicious entrees. I make all of our breads and pastries from scratch. Eggs are my friend and I used to be a breakfast cook for years. Many chefs hate cooking eggs and that was true of the chefs I hired so I became the breakfast chef at my busy little restaurant.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We like to make tamales a couple of times a year for Cinco de Mayo and Christmas Eve even though we are gringos. We don't let that fact stop us! Of course we need black-eyed peas for good luck at New Years. Thanksgiving without our jalapeno cornbread stuffing would be family sacrilege.
My cooking triumphs
One of my favorite meals I have cooked was Thanksgiving dinner for 80 seniors. I wanted to bring them holiday memories through the tastes and smells of my holiday menu. When I saw some of them getting teary about the meal I knew I had succeeded.
My cooking tragedies
Any tragedies I have had have gone straight into the trash and out of my mind. No sense dwelling on negatives.
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