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Big Snow or simply: let's get cookin'

February 9, 2010 - Taste Buds
(BUDS NOTE: The Buds THOUGHT they had posted this blog on Friday, Feb. 5 but apparently things went awry and so it's being posted late. We have no idea where we went wrong - maybe it was our haste to beat the big snow or maybe the cyper Gods were too busy shoveling snow to help us out! Either way - enjoy!)

BIG SNOW is coming! Big snow is coming!

You’d have to be living under a rock not to know the Ohio Valley is bracing for what local forecasters are calling the event of the season - the worse in five years in fact.

Yep, several inches of snow is on the way and that means Bud Tricia is feeling only one thing .. panic!

Keeping a kitchen stocked with enough food to feed the Graham clan is a huge task on any given day. Add a couple of inches of snow and the inability to drive and that task takes on monumental proportions.

Luckily, Bud Tricia is a planner and headed out to the grocery story on Thursday - to avoid the rush!

Armed with a wad of cash and her normal Friday shopping list, she hit the stores feeling quite pleased with herself. While the stores were a bit more crowded, she took it all in stride as she searched for her son’s favorite fruit cups (note: there were only two packages left on the shelve so she snapped them up right quick!).

Things were going along fine until she reached the milk case. The store was out of skim milk and 2 percent milk. Whole milk was the only thing left. A decision needed to be made.

Whole milk is not normally her milk of choice but she worried about getting to another store and finding it totally out of milk. She decided to take her chances and loaded four gallons into her cart. That was when she heard a snort from behind her and the words, “Do you really need to take FOUR gallons?”

Bud Tricia was taken aback. What business was it of this person how many gallons she bought? She wasn’t buying the LAST four gallons! She was buying the amount she NORMALLY buys on a Friday shopping trip.

She replied that yes, she did indeed need four gallons before moving on as no snappy comeback entered her mind at that point. And, it should be noted, the commentator bought three gallons herself!

Still, Bud Tricia is stocked up for the storm and she has big cooking plans.

When the white stuff starts to fly, she plans to spend most of her time in the kitchen. Items on the agenda to be made include lasagna, a huge pot of vegetable soup, blueberry muffins and oatmeal raisin cookies.

They’ll be eating good at the Graham household.

Bud Em isn’t so lucky.

As of this writing she is looking at a bag of pretzels, some turkey breast and a bag of baby carrots in her refrigerator.

She isn’t concerned about the amount of milk Bud Tricia did or didn’t buy - she has a 2-liter of pop left so she’s good. She’s only trying to figure out how to get the food Bud Tricia’s makes to her house!

Here’s a recipe from Carrie Heath of Woodsfield that will be easy to whip up this weekend! Plus, it doesn’t call for a lot of ingredients and chances are most of these are in your house already - unless you’re Bud Em!

Mom’s Chicken Soup

4 cups chicken soup

1 cup shredded chicken

1/2 cup uncooked wide noodles

1 stalk celery diced

1 medium carrot diced

ground pepper to your taste

Heat broth, black pepper, carrot and celery in medium saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to boil. Add noodles and chicken. Stir reduce to medium. Cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring often to prevent sticking.

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