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That Boy Scout Motto. It resonates around here. We try to stay on top of the weather. The news. The calendar. Those food deliveries. And more.

But, in the winter. It is mostly about having things that are necessary and convenient within our reach. You know, in case it really does snow.

Like Super Bowl Sunday 2010.

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When you really don’t want to shovel your way out there. Or, when that pizza delivery guy is NOT going to get here.

We recently watched as the Buffalo area was hit with a blizzard. And now, New England. We hear people lamenting that their roads aren’t open. That they can’t get out. They are running low on food (seriously? Not a problem around here).

We keep the pantry and freezer stocked with things we can easily make. In case we lose power. In case we are snowed in for a couple of days. It’s simple to have a ready stock of staples to tide you over until you can resume your routine outside of your home.

Like my Tuscan salad.

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Thanks to that Williams Sonoma book for giving me this often used recipe.

Instead of milk and bread at the grocery store, pick up a few cans and a couple of onions.

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I use Costco to provide me with tuna. Harris Teeter for all my beans. Besides the tuna dish, I can easily make couscous with chickpeas and salsa. Or, slow cook a chili dinner.

Having a well stocked freezer also helps.

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Bacon and eggs for frittata. Ground beef for meat loaf or meatballs and spaghetti.

Do me a favor. Stock up on beans. You can do so much with them. Even if you get that blizzard like we did Super Bowl Sunday five years ago. You can still make some awesome food. Just remember to have one manual can opener in the drawer. In case the power goes out. That tuna recipe doesn’t need cooking.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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