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The blizzard got you going brrrrr? Why not cook and go ahhhh?

By Chef Joey

Having fun things to eat is always fun! Especially after a snowstorm, when we’re all out shoveling or sledding or just hanging out enjoying each other’s company. Remember! The best recipes are the simple ones!

Flatbreads are easy and tasty. Spread with jelly, sprinkle goat cheese, and top with caramelized onion. Beautiful and tasty.

I recently had a nice surprise with a buffalo chicken dip.

1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast

1 Bottle of Franks Red Hot sauce (12 oz. or 1.5 cups)

8 oz container of cream cheese

1 cup Mexican cheese blend (or your favorite blue cheese or
gorgonzola)

1 cup Ranch dressing

1 bag tortilla chips and/or veggies for dipping

Instructions

Poach about 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast in chicken stock and water.

Using 2 forks, gently thread chicken into small chunks. You can also shred your chicken in your stand mixer using the fat, paddle beater.

In a bowl, combine shredded chicken with Franks Red Hot sauce, to taste. My family likes it spicy, so I use lots! Let the chicken soak in the hot sauce until ready to use.

Spread one 8 oz container of cream cheese into the bottom of an un-greased baking pan or casserole dish.

Top with buffalo chicken. Sprinkle on some cheese. Use a Mexican cheese blend, but you can also use blue cheese or gorgonzola. Finish it of by drizzling on some Ranch dressing.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until dip is melted and bub- bling.

Serve with chips and veggies for dipping!

1 package Club Crackers
Ingredients

1 pound Tin Sliced Bacon (or more, depending on number of
crackers)

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Optional Alternative: Brown Sugar Instead Of Parmesan Cheese

Preparation Instructions

Lay crackers (as many as you want) face up on a cookie sheet.

Scoop about 1 teaspoon of grated Parmesan cheese onto each cracker.

Cut your package of bacon in half (or cut pieces individually) and carefully, so the cheese doesn’t fall off, wrap each cheese covered cracker in one half piece of bacon, completely covering the cracker. It should ft snugly around the cracker.

Place the bacon-wrapped crackers onto a baking sheet that has a rack on it.

Place in a 250-degree oven for about 2 hours.

Everyone enjoys a good snack! Stay toasty!

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In case you missed it…

No jaunts to the supermarket because ol’ man winter has you cornered in the kitchen? Try something new with those leftovers!

I call this recipe:

“EMPTY-THE-FRIDGE BURRITOS”!

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 red or white onion

4 spring onions, chopped

1 pound mixed vegetables of your choice (we used carrots, red pepper and sweetcorn)

½ pound leftover chicken, ham, beef or pork, chopped into small chunks

1 pound cooked rice

1 can red kidney beans in chili sauce

1 avocado, chopped

6 large wraps

½ cup grated cheddar cheese

1 egg, beaten

Sour cream, to serve

Heat the oil in a large pan.

Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft, then add your chosen veggies and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes or until tender.

Add the leftover meat, the rice and beans, along with the sauce from the
can.

Stir everything together and cook for 5 minutes until piping hot.

Heat another frying pan or a griddle pan, until hot, and heat oven to 350.

Now assemble the burritos.

Warm a wrap for 10 seconds on the hot pan (keep the pan hot, you’ll need
to use it again).

Pile roughly a sixth of the rice mixture onto the center of the wrap.

Top with a little avocado and some cheese, then brush beaten egg around
the edge.

Fold the ends over the filling, then fold in the sides, like an envelope.

Flatten a little to a parcel, then place, seam-side down, in the hot pan.

Cook for 2 minutes until the underside has sealed shut and is toasted a golden brown.

Flip over and cook for a few minutes more.

Keep the burrito warm in the oven while you continue assembling and cooking the remaining burritos.

Serve with sour cream.

Your vehicle and extreme winter weather

Some tips from Firestone:

Test your battery – Have it checked out, as your battery can lose power due to the drop in temperature. The last thing you want is to be stuck in freezing weather with a car that won’t start!

Check your tire pressure monthly – For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, your tires can lose about 1 pound per square inch (PSI) of pressure. Monitor your tire pressure more closely during the winter time.

Replace all-season tires with winter tires – Temperatures lower than 45 degrees cause your all-season tires to stiffen and lose traction, but the latest generations of winter tires remain flexible in freezing temperatures, improving traction and available grip.

Check your tire depth with the penny test to make sure you have enough tread to grip the road in ice and precipitation.

Keep your car washed – Keep the exterior washed and waxed to protect your vehicle from the elements as the seasons change.

Storm safety tips

With snow, strong winds and potential blizzard conditions in the forecast, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers the following eight (8) last minute tips to help protect your family and home.

Keep Safe & Warm

1. Gather together an emergency kit and include flashlights, batteries, blankets, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, non-perishable food, a can opener, cash, and an external battery pack for mobile devices.

2. Organize layers of loose fitting, lightweight; warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.

3. Use all heaters, fireplaces, generators and other appliances safely by remembering ventilation and avoiding use in wet areas. Never burn charcoal indoors.

4. Fill up your car fuel tank at least half full in case of a prolonged power outage as gas stations rely on electricity to operate pumps and may not have a generator.

5. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345) if you cannot safely shelter at home.

Protect Your Home

6. Insulate pipes exposed to the elements or cold drafts with insulating foam. For as little as $1 per 6’ of insulation, you can stop pipes from freezing and save energy. If you cannot purchase insulating foam in time, consider wrapping towels around pipes and fastening them with duct tape.

7. Place an insulating dome or other covering on outdoor faucets and spigots to help prevent inside the pipes from freezing, expanding and causing costly leaks.

8. Drip faucets to reduce the build-up of pressure in the pipes. Even if the pipes freeze, you have released the pressure from the water system reducing the likelihood of a rupture. If you are going out of town, and suspect that temperatures will drop or a power outage will occur, turn off the water to your home and open all of the taps to drain the water system to avoid returning to wet and damaged flooring, walls and electrical.

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IF YOU HEAT WITH PROPANE

Be Prepared:

Mark location of your tank with a flag, pole, or stake – and keep path to tank clear. The marker should be higher than the expected snow cover depth for your location. It will help to avoid plowing or shoveling snow on top of your tank. Should your tank become covered with snow, use a broom to clear it. And ensure that there is a clear path to your tank for deliveries.

Check your chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors, and propane tank for damage, blockage, or debris caused by snow and ice. Use a broom rather than a shovel, and clear these areas frequently. This will help reduce the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning due to blocked or damaged chimneys, flues, and vents.

Use extreme caution when operating portable generators. Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel, or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or death. Keep portable generators outside and ten feet from the house.

Never use a stove for space heating and never use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas. Proper ventilation is necessary for their safe operation; and carbon monoxide fumes emitted can be lethal. Only use appliances indoors that are designed and approved for indoor use.

Stay Safe:

Take immediate action if you smell gas inside or outside of your home or business. Follow these simple instructions:

No flames or sparks! Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate or turn on or off lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones.

Leave the area immediately! Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.

Shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).

Report the leak. From a neighbor’s home or other building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.

Do not return to the building or area until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.

Get your system checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.