Come ON, Irene!

Definitely not the first- nor the last- to make that joke! But what a weekend for us East Coasters, right?

My Friday was supposed to begin on campus, re-memorizing the Periodic Table and data analysis, but my body had other ideas.


I never get sick. The last time I remember being really sick was my Sophmore year of college… I was too sick to leave my room, so I made a plea for Nyquill on the whiteboard outside my door. Anyway, I must have had some kind of 24 hour flu or something because I couldn’t even stand up without feeling really dizzy. So I stayed home and slept until 5.

When I woke up, I heard about all of the emergency precautions people were taking in light of Hurricane Irene, so I dragged myself to outside, stopping first for a large Supa Dupa Greens at Juice Generation (for nutrients, not magical healing powers)…

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… followed by a confusing trip to the grocery store. Half the neighborhood had the same idea, and was stocking up on canned goods, bottles of water, and cases and cases of beer. I was still feeling pretty dizzy and didn’t have much of an appetite, so I just grabbed a few random things I thought I might be hungry for over the course of the weekend.



  • 2 heads of Boston lettuce
  • 3 large bottles of water
  • 2 cartons of almond milk
  • 1 large cup of lentil soup (from Juice Generation)
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 package of mozzarella
  • 1 block of tofu
  • 1 tub of hummus
  • 4 apples

Many bland meals followed…


… and a lot of melty tomato/mozzarella sandwiches were made Classic, but it ain’t going outta style.


The most eventful part of Irene’s anticipation was getting stuck in the elevator on Saturday morning… and thank goodness I was able to get out, because the elevator remained open on my floor for the next 24 hours.


Trapped in the apartment waiting out the storm, I did a little damage in Capeside with the first season of Dawson’s Creek… and knowing I watched it when it was on-air (over a decade ago!) makes me laugh. I also started an excellent new book, which I’ve almost finished (thanks to several more hours-long tub sessions.


Sunday morning, braving the freight elevator, I went out to assess the damage.


Branches down…


… and a lot of wind. Most alarmingly, however, was being unable to find a single place opened for an iced coffee.   


As much as I joke about the precautions the city took to ready us for disaster, I’m glad we were all over rather than underprepared. And as far as I know right now, there hasn’t been too much devastation due to the storm (although many were evacuated from their homes early on Saturday morning).

And this way, I had a little extra time to get ready for the week!

Roasted up a bunch of veggies to keep in the fridge for easy lunch-packing. Curried carrots (follow the recipes and just swap carrots) and extra-salty Brussels sprouts


Simple Baked Tofu… the texture was perfect this time. I think lining the baking sheets with parchment helps!

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And I had time to catch up on the reading for the classes I missed on Friday.


Still, I am more than ready to get out of the apartment. 72 hours of house arrest isn’t good for anyone!

I haven’t been doing so well with my one-new-recipe-a-week challenge lately; the last few weeks have been a little crazy with travel and everything else, but I’ve recommitted myself and will finish the year out strong!

Goal for 2011 update: Cook One New Recipe A Week

Week 1: Lemony Spaghetti with Bitter Greens & Chickpeas

Week 2: Lentil Chili

Week 3: Chickpeas in Star Anise & Date Masala

Week 4: Thai-Style Black Beans w/ Mango & Cilantro

Week 5: Ten Minute Tasty Asparagus & Brown Rice, Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cheddar and Toasted Almonds, Warm Red Lentil Salad, Garlicky Sesame-Cured Broccoli Salad.

Week 6: Beets, Spiced Quinoa & Yogurt, Sesame-Cooked Eggs Over Rice

Week 7: Curried Parsnip Fries

Week 8: Curried Lentils & Sweet Potatoes

Week 9: Rutabagas with Buckwheat, Black Beans & Kale, Garlicky Mushroom Greens

Week 10: Tamarind Lentils, The Double-Shift Scramble

Week 11: Spicy Chickpea Salad, Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheeze, Spicy Red Lentil, Peanut & Pumpkin Soup

Week 12: Sunday Night Supper Salad, Peanut Butter Banana-Berry French Toast Sandwich

Week 13: Grilled Cheddar-Mushroom Sandwich

Week 14: Black Bean Soup, Sweet Pumpkin Pudding

Week 15: Green Rice

Week 16: Matzoh Buttercrunch Candy,  Quinoa with Moroccan Winter Squash and Carrot Stew

Week 17: Truffled Turnip Soup, Nutty Lemon Brussels Sprouts, Cookie Dough Smoothie

Week 18: Raw Chocolate Fudge Cake, Spring Pasta

Week 19: Chopped Kale w/ Hot Pepper Vinegar

Week 20: Ultimate Veggie Burgers, Mmm Sauce

Week 21: Ribbed Asparagus Salad with Lemon, Spinach & Chickpeas, Chocolate-Chip Blondies, Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes, Leek Zucchini Pasta Salad

Week 22: Sesame Ginger Kale Salad, Hoisin Ginger Tofu with Smoky Tahini Slaw  

Week 23: Pan-Seared Asparagus Salad with Frisée and Fried Egg, Baked Ziti, Brown Butter Banana Strawberry Bread, Green Bowl   

Week 24: Quinoa Cookies, Chocolate Mousse

Week 26: Sweet Potato Stuffed with Caramelized Tempeh and Sautéed Kale, Shaved Fennel Salad, Summer Pesto

Week 27: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Week 28: Choco-holic Pancakes

Week 29: Green Israeli Couscous Salad

Week 30: Swiss Chard with Currants and Pine Nuts

Week 31: Babaganoush Soup, Freekeh Risotto, Brown Butter (Plum) Cake or Cobbler

Week 32: (Modified) Tomato Salad on a Roll

Week 33: None :-(

Week 34: None :-(

Week 35: Pappardelle with Spiced Butter

How did you survive Irene? What’s on your Armageddon grocery list?

15 comments to Come ON, Irene!

  • It’s so hard to navigate the grocery store when it’s crowded, especially when you don’t have a pre-planned list to follow. But it seems like you remembered all the essentials. My Armageddon list includes oats (a lot!), soy/almond milk, dried figs, hummus, carrots, & wine. Actually… I guess I just listed a typical shopping list!

  • It’s always pretty funny seeing grocery stores when bad weather’s coming. In the south, that includes even the thought of flurries in the forecast and the grocery store is PACKED with people stocking up on stuff!!

    My essentials: eggs, milk, peanut butter, pita bread, beans, and yogurt.

  • OMG I thought that the thermometer was a pregnancy test at first, HAHA – oops ;) Keep feeling better and I can’t wait to hear from you again soon! So glad we could chat yesterday.

  • Way to go with the recipes. I’m gonna steal that curried parsnip/carrot one. It looks pretty awesome.

    I’m really not sure what would be on my disaster grocery list, but milk/cereal, bread, peanut butter, and fruit would surely make the cut.

  • oh girl! I hope you’re feeling SO much better! The grocery store before storms is always a mad house! Roasted veggies=amazing. We only got skimmed by Irene- just lots of branches down and Charleston flooded a bit (but it always does when it rains hard enough)

  • Oh man, getting sick AND getting trapped inside sounds like the worst. I’m impressed with your cooking projects considering your circumstances!

    We lost power (and water because we have well water) yesterday and probably won’t get it back for a few days. Lots of downed wires and trees down across our long dirt driveway too. We managed to chainsaw our way out this AM and now I’m hunkered down at starbucks.

  • so glad you’re feeling better – i think these quick colds may be our bodies’ way of telling us to slow down. you’ve been very go-go-go recently, so it’s no wonder!

    i survived the storm with a lot (seriously, a lot) of wine, some good cooking, a game of scattergories, and some meandering through lower manhattan. it was actually a lovely weekend; my only complaint is that i feel completely out of sorts this morning since i was away from my apartment, and i’m headed back out of town on friday. i’m jealous that you got such a good jump on getting organized for the week!

    see you in a few hours – can’t wait! :)

  • Glad that everything was ok with Irene, I was thinking of you all. It probably sounds bad but I quite like the idea of being all holed up while a big storm goes on outside – obviously not making light of the situation, but I can imagine an enforced day of movie watching and cooking being very fun!

  • haha, so honestly, I thought that was a pregnancy test in your first picture. I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well, though! feel better, and I’m glad you weathered the storm!

  • glad all are safe! hope you are feeling better! i got bit by a ridiculous spider while having a coffee date and am now in monitoring mode since my vacay is only a couple days away! good timing no lol?

  • avery

    Like the others, I thought the pic was a pregnancy test as well! ha! That is a high temp! There seems to be a wave of mild “ickies” going around. It feels so weird to be sick in the summer! Feel better, and I’m glad you are safe from the hurricane!

  • Glad you are feeling better and that you didn’t have any damage from the storm!

  • wow you guys didn’t do so bad with irene damage! our house actually didn’t get it too bad either but my grammy had a HUGE tree smashed right into her garage. thank god for insurance! anyways back to work for me tomorrow! i hope the belt pkway isn’t stiiiilll underwater :( glad you’re feeling better and what a random 24 hour bug you had!

  • My Irene experience was pretty much the same as yours. I can NOT stay in the apartment all day though or I’ll go crazy — I did a run Saturday late morning in the pouring rain and walked and ran on Sunday through the wind. Maybe a bad idea, but I as getting cabin fever….

  • Kaylie

    Katie, I had the same virus when I was a sophomore in school. Did you live in Dupre? Something tells me that it might have been going around my floor… :/ It was the sickest I had ever felt, and I thought I was going to die. And I’m pretty sure I didn’t get sick like that again until I started working with kids. Hope you’re 100% better now!

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