Like much of the country, we are experiencing some severe weather here in Omaha. People were ducking out of work early all day. But since I only live a mile from my office, I didn't really have a good excuse to leave.
Grocery shopping did not happen this weekend, so I was sent to the supermarket to pick up a few things (since it's next door to my work.) My mission was simple: Blizzard Food
"What does Blizzard Food include?", you might ask. Well, since I had never actually heard the term before and was on my own in the grocery store, I defined in on the fly. Here's what I came up with:
- coffee (!!!)
- soda (Orangina is so good!)
- brownies (Katie made them while I was at the store)
- bananas & pears
- gnocchi & vodka sauce
- spinach dip (with extra Parmesan cheese) & crusty bread
- the makings for stuffed mushrooms (mushrooms, bread crumbs, lemon, and parsley & shallot if you don't already have them)
- 2 kinds of chocolate
- and...Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter! (I hope it's as good as I'm expecting!)
So, yeah, kind of random. I was going for warm and filling...something good for hibernating.
First thing I did when I got home was get our appetizer ready. Luckily this was as easy as "fancying up" the spinach dip with some cheese and popping it in a 400F oven until browned and bubbly. Kate sliced the bread, and we had a nice snack while we prepped dinner.
Next up was stuffing the mushrooms. I sauteed a minced shallot and the minced stems from the mushrooms in a little olive oil. Once softened, I added a handful of bread crumbs, the zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon, and a couple tablespoons of fresh parsley. I cooked it, stirring often, until the bread crumbs were toasted. Then I stuffed the mushrooms, drizzled them with a bit of olive oil, and baked them at 400F for about 20 minutes.
I boiled the gnocchi according to the package directions, and then, after straining, I seared them with a bit of cooking spray in a hot skillet. I like how this gives them a little color and texture.
After tossing them with vodka sauce, our Blizzard Dinner was ready!
I can't wait for our Blizzard Dessert! Brownies, chocolate, or bananas with dark chocolate peanut butter...?? No matter what, it will be enjoyed in front of our new (electric) fireplace.
So whether you are buried in Boston, up to your eyes in snow in Chicago, iced-in in Dallas, or overwhelmed in Oklahoma, make the most of it with a cozy meal at home!
And if you happen to be in California, Arizona, Florida, or somewhere else warm, I'm sure you're missing snow like crazy. Go ahead and treat yourself to a little Blizzard Food, too! Hopefully it will remind you of better times, when snow glistened like glitter as it crunched under your boots.