January 3, 2013

What I Cooked During Sandy

First of all, I apologize for the hiatus.  A change of residences, coupled with the holidays, added to some sneaking laziness has kept me from putting together a post for a while.  So bare with me as I play catch-up, but I promise to start pumping these out with a little more regularity.

Let me start off by saying that we were some of the lucky ones.  Hurricane Sandy devastated the state of New Jersey and her wrath will be felt for years to come.  However, since this blog is about food, we'll stick to that.

In between the aforementioned moves, I was shacked up at my parents house in suburban Northwest NJ, far from the reaches of the lurching ocean or any other swelling bodies of water.  So things were pretty normal for a while besides a few missing shingles and down trees, but I knew it could get worse, so I decided to throw a big pork shoulder in the slow cooker with the plans of having plenty of leftovers.  The result was some delicious pulled pork that I topped with a quick bbq sauce of tomato paste and the pork stock, and a spicy green sauce with a cilantro and jalapeno base, modeled after Peruvian Aji.

I awoke the next morning and the wind was still whipping, but the power was still on.  Taking advantage of the situation, I decided to make a frittata studded with some of the left over pulled pork, sauteed onions, green onions, and cheddar cheese.

Thennnnn...the lights went out.  For the next 8 days, we were relegated to cooking on the grill on the deck or  the camping grill that my dad had picked up while traveling through the Blue Mountains a couple weeks prior.

Blue Mountains courtesy of the Captain
Lucky for me, not only did my dad pick up the camping grill, but he also had some nice ribeye steaks from Costco.  Salt, pepper, and a basic salad and I was ready to go.

The next day, I decided to breakout the colossal crab meat that Lisa's dad had been kind enough to donate to us from his warehouse at OceanLine Seafood.  I went with a fillerless crab cake that was all crab all the time.  I pan seared them on the camping grill and topped it with some of the left over Aji sauce from the pulled pork.

Finally, after exhausting all of my fancy treats, I kept it as simple as possible - a buger with American cheese on a toasted bun (on the camping grill).

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