By Laura Stec
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About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and en... (More)
About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and environment pioneer, macrobiotic, Master Cleanser, ayurvedic, and officially-designated health-nut or party-girl (depending on the year). Professionally, I've worn many industry hats including: line cook, corporate chef, Food Coach, caterer, product developer, restaurant reviewer, culinary school teacher, corporate wellness educator, food co-op clerk, author, and even Cirque-du-Soleil lead popcorn concessioner! For years I managed an outdoor kitchen, deep in the bear-infested woods of Tahoe, and also for hospitals (the most unhealthy kitchen I ever worked in?), Singapore high-rises, mule-pack trips, Canadian catholic rectories, and more events than I could ever recall. Yet I still keep discovering. Actually, I adapt everyday by new lessons learned from teachers, customers and students. However there is one food truth I now hold sacrosanct: Eaters are motivated by pleasure. So no matter what we discuss here - recipes or restaurants, food politics or pairings, local events, food as art, or even as God, I will always come from a high-vibe, party perspective. Oh I do still long to change the world with great tasting food, but know in my heart, "If it ain't fun, it don't get done!" So - wanna come to the Food Party? By the way - it's a potluck. (Hide)
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It’s the big brace tonight as we find out what’s going to happen. Power on? Power off? The St Mary’s wellness fair in Moraga (where I thought I'd be) already called to say "sorry, no power for you tomorrow." Fire department said we've got a 99% chance for lights out up in Portola Valley.
48 hours we could be out of power? Crazy. I should be charging everything instead of using battery power writing this. What are you doing? You should too!
Seriously, I hadn’t really thought about it until right now. Lucky householders got generators, but not moi.
What To Do Before the Power Goes Out – Food Party! files
Think camping – in your house
Find your flashlights and candles
What’s in the fridge I need to keep?
Get ice and coolers ready.
Eat frozen foods for dinner.
Eat all your ice cream tonight :)
Get rid of food you needed to throw out anyways.
Find a special place for chilled medications
Find camp stove. Need fuel?
Find that old coffee cone for hand pour drip
Run your garbage disposal; make sure it is cleaned out. Put some lemon slices down for good measure.
Get rid of smelly things in your fridge like 1/2 cut onions and blue cheese.
Buy foods to snuggle with in the dark: red wine, chocolate, stout beer, campstove tea
Charge up your travel phone battery (s)
Fill up your gas tank
Get some cash
Restock survival kit
Bring out solar lights
Find solar charger you just bought from REI
Good luck! Stay safe.