Monday, November 5, 2012


It's probably no great surprise to anybody that my heart isn't really in blogging right now. Or cooking. Or reading. Or talking on the phone. Or doing anything, really.

All that remains after the storm.
We have been stalled (but not stopped!) by Hurricane Sandy; our Chelsea apartment was without power, phone reception, heat, or hot water for four days, and we're still reeling. Exhausted, broke, and feeling helpless as we watch so many of our friends and neighbors suffer and struggle to rebuild.

But New York will rise again, and the Nervous Cook will rise again.

In fact, I somehow mustered the strength yesterday to whip up the season's first batch of pumpkin chili. No recipe, just a lot of pantry staples, some determination, and a deep need to make something nourishing to feed myself and my husband after all this. (I also felt the deep need to facilitate both our self-medicating: A bottle of Maker's Mark for him now that we have a freezer for iced cubes again, and a bottle of nice Nero D'Avola for me, because the weather has suddenly turned muy red-wine friendly.)

May your family be safe, may your larder be full, and may you stay warm and full and optimistic. This, too, shall pass.


  1. Thinking of all of you, and wishing I could put you all up here, to give you my power, my internet, my cable, my hot water.

    So wishing that.

    Glad you're safe. You will rise up from the ashes.


    1. Thank you. Life is already looking up (and a lot warmer) for me, though I worry about my neighbors in the five boroughs who are still without light / heat / electricity. What an ordeal.

  2. so glad you're safe & sound. hang in there!

  3. Thinking of you!!! Hoping the recovery is fast and with lots of help!!

  4. So glad you guys are safe! And when you have sugar in your fridge and pumpkin chili in your belly, things are already getting better. Sending positive thoughts your way!

  5. I was a little sidetracked by some events in my own life these past days but all of you, family and friends, were in my thoughts during Sandy. Yes, even you blogging friends. Glad you are well.


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