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What's for dinner Wednesday?

Posted February 12, 2014



Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?




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  • observant Feb 12, 2014

    I have heard BROWNIES twice today - now I have to go make some ....

    Thank You everyone for the meal suggestions & helpful weather tips !

    PS ThomasG posted some additional tips in the "daily deal" thread that may be useful to some .

  • jdouglas13 Feb 12, 2014

    Thank, Ascherer! Brownies sound awfully good right about now too!

  • ascherer Feb 12, 2014

    Jdouglass - one more thing to think about. Make sure all of you warmest indoor clothes are clean (i.e., heaviest sweats, t-necks, socks). You are more at risk of loosing power if you have above the ground lines running into the house. You will be fine. A deck of cards wouldn't hurt to help pass the time. :-)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Feb 12, 2014

    jdouglas13 - sounds like you are well-prepared! It's now sleeting here in the 40/42 area. Thank goodness we haven;t lost electricity since I have brownies in the oven! lol

  • jdouglas13 Feb 12, 2014

    Thanks so much, Faye. We have quite a lot of stuff in the pantry like cereal, crkers, tuna. Tons of bread in the freezer, lots of Cabot cheese, and an embarrassing stockpile of water and soda. No extra batteries, but quite a few flashlights and lanterns. We have a car charger for the cell phones and a full tank of gas, so we'll have communication if we need it.

    Hopefully this will get us through. I was kinda joking about the Xanax before. Now, not so much.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Feb 12, 2014

    jdouglas13 - Based on previous NC storms I have experienced, if we do get the ice they are predicting, we will probably lose power. How long it will be out remains to be seen. Could be days depending on the extent of the damage.

    Here are some suggestions and things we have done today:

    * Fill up all your pitchers (and maybe some extra bowls) with water for drinking.

    * Get your flashlights and candles and lighter/matches out and easily accessible.

    * You may want to fill a bathtub with water to use for flushing the toilet.

    * Bake a few things that will keep without having to be refrigerated (like muffins, bread, etc).

    That's all my hubby and I could think of since you can't get out at this point to get anything else. Be safe.

  • jdouglas13 Feb 12, 2014

    OK, so we haven't lived here with any kind of winter storm that made the power go out. Is this something I need to start worrying about or preparing for foodwise? I really hope the electricity doesn't go, because everything here runs on it -- lights, heat, and even the water. I hate having electric stoves and really miss my beautiful gas stove with the double oven in my old house. :(

    The plan was to make breaded chicken cutlets with some kind of pasta alfredo and broccoli. What kind of food should I be making in case we lose power? And where the heck is my Xanax? ;)

  • TJ84 Feb 12, 2014

    Tonight we are having meat loaf, twice baked potatoes, asparagus and salad.
    I have been cooking this morning in case the power goes out: Fleishmann bread, Pillsbury cookies, Martha White blueberry muffins, and Pillsbury biscuits! Stay warm everyone!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Feb 12, 2014

    RFB - That sounds delicious! I am guessing the cream sauce is fully loaded. lol

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 12, 2014

    Faye- yum! And a Hot Brown was created in a Kentucky hotel restaurant back in 1926. It's basically toast w/sliced turkey, a creamy sauce topped with two bacon slices... delicious! We have it every year, the day after Thanksgiving.