Thursday, September 2, 2021

What's For Dinner? Not Much!!

 Good Morning!

It's later than normal for me, I know.  The title of this post refers to last night.  Just as I was getting ready to cook up some dinner (really simple - fried clams [from a box], some tater tots and creamed spinach) our power went off.  And stayed off.

We were in the midst of the remnants of Hurricane Ida and boy did we get a ton of rain.  At one point our rain gauge was only showing a quarter of an inch.  About half an hour later it was at 2"!  And on and on.  Our back yard was like a lake...or rather several lakes and ponds with rivers flowing between.  Our gravel driveway now has a huge gully in it that I will have to be very careful to avoid when I back up.

Overall we ended up with about 5" of rain.  A town not that far away and near my office got 10"!!  There were many, many tornadoes around us, but thankfully not right over us.  Our power was off for 3+ hours and then again was off in the middle of the night.  When I got up, my alarm clock said 5:30, but it was actually after 7 a.m. (I thought it was unusually light for 5:30 - LOL).  My office is without power and they don't expect that back on till around 11 this evening.  It's a mess.

But...we are safe.

So, dinner last night was not much.  LOL  I had some cheese with crackers.  Fletch had a few cold leftovers from the frig.  I did have wine.  I was was dark and stormy and no lights, so no reading, no knitting or stitching.  Even our house phone was out.  I ended up talking with my little brother in CO (cell phone).

The power came back on in a vague way around 9:00.  Only the LED lights in the kitchen came on and they were dim.  Finally later full power was restored (only to go out again while I slept).

Dinner tonight should be better.  I thawed out some home-made sauce with hot and sweet sausage in it and will roast a giant spaghetti squash from our neighbor.  I'm hoping/planning to get to making the candied jalapenos today...if work is I thought I would share my recipe for that with you all.

Candied Jalapenos

  • 1 lb of jalapeno peppers
  • 2/3 C apple cider vinegar
  • 2 C sugar
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 head of garlic

Core the peppers (wear gloves) and slice into 1/4" rounds

Peel the garlic

Heat the vinegar, sugar and lime juice.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes

Add the cut up peppers and garlic cloves.

Bring back to a boil for 5 minutes.

Put peppers and garlic in jars.  Cool syrup another 5 minutes and then pour over the peppers.

Process in a water bath for 10 minutes.

These are delicious!  They have a little heat, but toned down a bit with all the sugar.  Great on salads or just snacking on out of the jar!  The 4 dozen jalapenos I picked weighed in at just about 2 pounds, so I will be doubling this recipe.  

Hope everyone who was in Ida's path is safe.  We are almost at the (long) weekend and that makes me happy!!


  1. Ooh, the candied jalapeños sound delicious! It cooled off a lot here when the tail end of Nora arrived yesterday. It rained last night (not even near the amounts you received) and it’s foggy this morning. I hope your power is on to stay.

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  2. At least you're safe and there's not much damage! Dave and I were just talking about getting some power outage supplies. He wants a generator (we can't afford that!) but I was thinking more hurricane lanterns... lol. We've already had a couple small power outages here, and the storms can be a little more severe here because the geography.

  3. Oh dear. Stay safe. I am overjoyed with the recipe. Thank you!

  4. I'm glad to hear that other than ruining your plans for dinner and the evening, the storm didn't do any real damage. We had some flooding in our area yesterday that didn't impact us, although my daughter said that she had a couple of classmates who couldn't make it to school because their bus wasn't running, and there were a number of school closures. I hope it's dry and cooler for you today as it is here!

  5. We lost a lot of our driveway thanks to Ida too. It's a holy gravely mess out there but it could be worse. A tornado went right up a main road all the way to Annapolis and made quite a mess. At least Ida blew in some cooler weather.

  6. Power outages can make one go crazy, even if we're told on the phone when power is going to be restored.
    Thanks for the delightful recipe.

  7. Glad you got your power back.

    We browned out a couple of times, but the power never went completely out.

  8. Wow! What a ride Ida gave you! The candied peppers sound great!
    So glad you are okay!

  9. Whoa! The Northeast got slammed again. My daughter's kids were in school for one day and then today they had a weather related closure because so many bus routes were flooded. I am glad your power wasn't out too long. I wish you a calmer long weekend.

  10. Wow! That's a lot of rain. I watched a bit of the storm and flooding coverage today but not a lot. I'm limiting my news intake because it just gets to be too much for my anxiety.
    I'm glad you're okay and it mainly messed with dinner plans.
    Pipers staying the night tomorrow and she's requested meat loaf, honeyed carrots and baked potatoes. I can do that!
    Blessings and hugs,

  11. I'm so glad you're safe and sound, Vera. All this rain . . . is unnerving, for sure. And thank you for the recipe. We love jalapenos around here, so I'm eager to give your candied version a try. :-)

  12. I wondered about you when I heard this storm was flooding eastern PA. I'm glad you're safe overall. The amount of rain that Ida is producing is incredible.

  13. That rain... we had major flooding here as well. (bonus water in the basement as well... sigh) We got just under 6 inches here and what an unbelievable disaster all that water has caused! Glad you are safe!

    I love candied jalapenos... thank you for sharing this recipe!

  14. My husband likes those peppers but I do he would be the only one eating this :) Glad you didn't get the big punch from the storm.