Ah, the great blizzard of 2005. It seems so … one week ago.

Remember those insane grocery store lines? The frantic compulsion to stock up on milk and toilet paper? Those long hours stuck inside with only books, tv, dvd’s, cd’s, the internet, Monopoly, Scrabble, knitting, making fires and sibling rivalry to entertain us?

Well, it’s all just a memory now, but if you want to relive it, go follow this thread on eGullet, a discussion site for foodies in north Jersey. In the middle of the storm, moderator Rosie Saferstein asked the crowd what they were eating. And it wasn’t macaroni and cheese.

Here’s how the other half eats during a blizzard:

  • “skirt steak, shrimp, chipotle peppers, and other stuff for fajitas”
  • “a big pot roast that started simmering in the slow cooker on the first Accuweather prediction of snow. Lots of gravy and veggies spooned over buttered egg noodles. The lights turned out, only candles on the table, the four of us watching out the back window as the yard is covered in white. Nice bottle of table red to go with it.”
  • “Leg of Lamb Provencial, Lima Beans, Garlic Spinach, Boiled new Potatoes, Lehmann 2001 Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon, Assorted Cheeses, Cherry tart”
  • “Made Spaghetti with oil, garlic, anchovies and frizzled capers and finished off a bottle of 2000 Villa Puccini Oak Aged Tuscan Red”
  • “Onion soup, since there’s some gruyere and sherry; pork stew with lots of dried chilies; got potatoes for chips tomorrow along with avocadoes and cilantro and Tequila and Bud and Football”

Wonder if we can get stranded with some of these people next time.

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