10 Foods You Can Cook Before, During, Or After The Hurricane

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Sure, there are some New Yorkers saying that Hurricane Irene is the "worst case of overreaction" they've ever seen but there are still plenty of people in other parts of the country who are dealing with the hurricane's very real aftermath —and in case your mother, brother, uncle, and neighbor haven't told you this yet, it doesn't hurt to be prepared.

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Plus, even if you don't have a mortar and pestle, you gotta admit that the very idea of roasting garlic and making bean dip in the dark does sound pretty neat.

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I was about 8 when Hurricane Fran tore through the NC Piedmont (which btw, for those of you not very well-versed in Hurricanes, is extremely rare to have a full-fledged Category 3 storm that far off the coastline). Parts of our neighborhood were flooded by 4+ feet of water and, although we had power back within 4 days, some parts of the city had to wait nearly 2 weeks. Anyhoo, since we had a fireplace, we built up a large fire and got rid of our perishables (eggs and milk) within the first day or two by eating pancakes cooked on our cast iron skillet. After that, I remember eating a LOT of baked beans, ramen noodle/miso soup cups and tomato sandwiches, which sound plain but actually aren't that bad if you do 'em right :)