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No Water No Electricity 
Aug. 1, 2013 7:55 am 
Updated: Aug. 13, 2013 1:47 pm
Due to the hurricane last year the building's electric and water system was severely damaged and repairs have been sporadic. There hasn't been much interruption of service at all thanks to all the service people - until today. Hopefully this major repair work being done right now will solve the issues once and for all. The caveat is: NO water and NO electricity from 10 am to 10 pm. 

Water has dried up but still have gas and power so I was able to start my new blog here (just went pro! yay!) while sipping on a fresh brewed cup of tea but if my sentence abruptly ends you'll know what happened.

Obviously the meal plan today is: EAT OUT! Plenty of great places to "chews" in Manhattan & Brooklyn. But it looks like there's a storm a-brewin' outside so why not take the challenge and prepare meals using ONLY pantry items?

Now I'm not a gourmet or even a really good cook. I am kinda lazy so don't expect some fabulous interesting pantry-only recipe to appear here. Although a big fan I'm not a contestant on that Gordon Ramsey show where this situation would be thrown at the eager would-be Master Chefs as a challenge. I may end up having PB&Js (which are HIGHLY UNDERATED!! lol)

First things first: what will spoil in the fridge? The freezer should be okay as long as I don't open it. In the fridge however I may have some things to deal with. 

Then we'll see what I have in the pantry
Aug. 1, 2013 11:39 am
If you don't open it too often the fridge should be okay too. Give the milk a sniff test before using it and if you have any chicken or meat in the fridge toss it if it doesn't stay cool. I'm in the same situation as you. Our building looks like a war zone, utilities come and go and our elevators have become rides of terror for anyone foolish enough (or desperate enough)to use them.
Aug. 2, 2013 8:07 pm
I have a generator just for this reason.
Aug. 13, 2013 1:47 pm
Well my pantry-only challenge went - well unchallenged. I took the train into Manhattan and ate out, lol. Had an interesting appetizer that was big enough for lunch at the New Amsterdam in the Upper West Side. I had a soft pretzel stuffed with cheese and jalapeños served with sautéed mushrooms and salami. Never would have put those items together myself. It was delicious. The menu didn't mention the mushrooms and cold cuts - a surprise I enjoyed as I "built my bite" by grabbing a little of each part on my fork and washing it down with a pint of Stella. I went back home to discover the power had been turned back on earlier than the notice given. I don't drink cow milk anymore and use Almond instead. Does it go bad like regular milk if taken out of refrigeration? I wouldn't think so since it's sold off the regular shelves at some grocery stores. I wonder too how using it instead of cow milk in recipes affects the dish?
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My Mom was a single Mom who labored in a dirty factory everyday to provide for my little sister and I. She cooked and made meals almost every night except Pizza Fridays (pizzas she made made and froze herself during the week) but dinner otherwise was basic. It would be disrespectful to the great woman my Mom is to complain that we really didn't have fabulous cooking traditions. She out did herself on Thanksgiving laboring more over the oven on these holidays from the factory. I loved her Yorkshire Pudding. Indeed I would be a horrible son to complain that most of the year we ate basic american meals. However, there are yet those in America that still go hungry on a daily basis. The fact that my resilient Mom was able to put food on the table every single day and never let us go hungry despite a work related back injury that left her debilitated - even bedridden for months at a time - earns her the title of Greatest Cook in the World in my book. I LOVE YOU MOM !!!!
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I have yet to achieve one but I promise when I finally do you can all read about it in my blog "Riverside Cafe" right here on AR. You'll have to check back often however to see if one actually happens.
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oh god. Do I have to fill this one out? Well there are only 940 characters remaining so there just won't be enough room to list even just a few of them. Besides I wouldn't want to waste all that effort I exerted to mentally repress the memory of the Coq au Vin Catastrophe of '97, the Halibut from Hell, the Coq au Vin Catastrophe '98 (the sequel), the Fajita Fiasco, the Calamity at the Coq au Vin Corral (now a terrifying trilogy) and the . . . well you get the picture.
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