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Who wants to do donuts in the parking lot, or simply: Why do we have to drive in the snow?

January 8, 2010 - Taste Buds
We Buds hate to complain.

Really we do.

But right now, we just feel dumped on.

By snow that is. We imagine many of you feel the same way, as the valley is currently covered in a thick layer of “the white stuff.” (We LOVE when the weather guys call it that. Why? Because we’re freaks!)

You may be surprised to find that the Buds’ opinion of said white stuff differs tremendously.

To begin this comparison, we’ll examine Bud Em’s sno-pinion.

She likes the stuff! Why?

Lots of reasons! It’s pretty, it’s fun to play in, it makes everything look light when it’s dark outside. It’s sparkley! It’s neat how it muffles the sounds of vehicles on the road.

It justifies snuggling on the couch with a good book or movie. It also justifies drinking hot cocoa and eating thick soups. It cancels games and events that we don’t really want to go to anyway!

What’s not to love?

As long as it’s in season - meaning between November and early February - Bud Em says “Bring it on!”

Of course, being a working single mom, this means that sometimes she has to drive in it. How else is she gonna get to work? The magic husband-fairy isn’t offering her a ride, so she just leaves a little early and stays in a low gear.

This usually works, despite her vehicle being pint-sized and having less than average tires.

Bud Tricia, on the other hand, has more of a sno-phobia than just a sno-pinion. She literally loses sleep at night if there’s a threat of snow.

As long as she can remain holed-up in her home, it’s tolerable - but lordy don’t make her have to drive!

Nosiree, she won’t like that one bit.

Sometimes she lucks out and is able to bum a ride from another family member.

But sometimes she has to actually DRIVE in the snow. It literally leaves her shaking for hours after arriving at work.

Now, if it’s REALLY bad, that crazy gal will actually don her YakTrax (google it) and WALK to work, just to avoid driving!

What a dedicated Bud she is.

Whatever your opinion of snow, if you love it or if you hate it, we hope you travel safely this week!

If you are snowbound - here’s a recipe from Tammy Myers of Martins Ferry that you can make in the comfort of your warm, dry home.

CHICKEN CHEESE CHOWDER WITH VEGGIES

5 cups chicken broth 1 cup carrots, chopped 2 cups potatoes, chopped 1 cup onion, chopped 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup flour 3 1/2 cups half and half or regular milk or low fat milk 1 tablespoon Kikkoman soy sauce 8 ounces Velveeta cheese 2 cups chicken, chopped (canned can be used)

Heat the broth slowly in a saucepan. Add all the vegetables. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Check to see if the vegetables are tender but not mushy.

In a big Dutch oven, melt the butter over very low heat and add the flour. Stir constantly until smooth. Let it cook for a minute or two. Add the half and half very slowly. Turn the heat to medium and stir constantly until it’s thick and bubbling. Slowly stir in the vegetable broth mixture, soy sauce, Velveeta and chicken. Cook until the cheese is melted and all is heated through. Serve warm. Great over biscuits.

 
 

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