Okay, Chicagoland, if you haven’t shoveled it today, then tomorrow it will be an ice block. Today’s recipe is for snow success!
You know the Chicago code:
1) If you can shovel, do it. Remember to bend at the knees!
2) If you can’t shovel, ask your neighbor.
3) If you have a snowblower, make the rounds in your neighborhood. (If you’re my neighbor, I did my best. Come and get me if you need me, or make a comment here and I will come to you!)
4) Salt is your friend. It only takes a light sprinkle on matted snow to save a life.
5) Campbell’s Tomato Soup still works wonders on the human spirit.
6) Soak your beans for 6 hours, throw them in the slow cooker or on the stove while you shovel. When you come in from shoveling, your house will smell amazing. How can a humble bean smell so good and cost just a few pennies?
7) Leave your postal carrier a love note. They are real people, and this is Chicago! We are the friendliest people in the world, remember?
8) Remember to drink an extra 4-8 glasses of water today if you have shoveled. See how your shoveling clothes are drenched with sweat? That moisture needs replenishing.
9) I ate pasta every single night of my life growing up until I left for college. If you need an easy recipe, browse my site, comment here, or email me with your ingredients and I will help you get your pasta to the plate!
10) Out of fresh food? No problem! Put a cup of dry rice, cup of dry lentils, and 6 cups of water or stock on to boil. When it’s soft, add a handful of frozen veggies and shake your favorite seasonings in the pot, and cook until all piping hot. You have plant-based-supper-soup. I love to add 2 T of curry to mine, and cayenne pepper!
If you have a good frozen-Chicago-recipe you would like to share with your neighbors, this is the place to do it. What’s your go-to-dish after shoveling your drive?
It’s great to be alive…
-by Chicago’s own WXRT DJ Lin Brehmer (via Frank Zappa and The Mothers album)
Thanks be to…
My husband Peter, for making such a sharp edge with the snow blower, you could file your skates on it.