Sounds like the Northeast may be getting some real snow over the next 48-hours! Living in the Northeast I do not get too concerned with these winter storm warnings. I have lived through a lot of severe storms including the blizzard of ’77 and the 2006 October surprise storm (Friday the 13th) when we woke up with several feet of snow and no electricity. Normally we do not get any measurable snow in October! Some people were without electricity for two-weeks. Luckily we lost power for only a couple of days. However, the horrible hum of generators is still with me because the surrounding neighborhoods were without power even after we got ours back. It reminded me of Tom Cruise War of the Worlds movie where you hear the hum of the machines.
I have driven in white out conditions where you cannot literally see more than a couple of feet ahead of you. With road closings and detours a 45-minute drive can take several hours to reach your destination. Of course the biggest concern is getting stranded or stuck in a snowdrift.
I did get lucky during a winter storm that hit us in 2000. I left work after we got several feet of snow in a couple of hours. At noon there was no snow – by 3:00 there was several feet. Digging out my car was not any fun and I was covered in snow! The guys had to give the cars a push to get them going. Then there were the SUVs – they just walked through the snow! The roads were gridlock with traffic. My choice was to make a left or right out of my company’s driveway. Neither choice looked good. So I kept with my typical route, which was to take a right. Luckily I made the correct choice and was home in little over a half hour. If I had turned left, I would have gotten stranded in the gridlock traffic and most likely would have abandoned my vehicle and walked back to work. Many people got stranded at work. Unfortunately, I got bronchitis from that storm and was sick for weeks. I also made a decision to trade in my car for a SUV. Since then I have never driven a car and never will. For many years I drove a Ford Escape and a Mercury Mariner – both were great winter vehicles that I loved. Last year I got a Liberty Jeep and nothing will stop it!
Will we get hit with a winter storm? Last weekend we had snow warnings and we got a couple of inches. Other local areas did get hit much harder with it snowing most of the weekend. Then there are the times when we receive no warnings and we get hit with a bad storm. If the storm comes, I will deal with it as we always do in the Northeast. I got my jeep with 4-wheel drive!
And now moving on to a great recipe for a honey ginger chicken stir-fry!
If you like ginger, you may enjoy these recipes:
Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup (or stew when I make it!)
Learning to Make Ginger Honey Tea With a Splash of Lemon!
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup peeled, minced fresh ginger or ginger paste
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoon Sake
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 to 2 teaspoons grated orange zest (optional)
About 1 pound or less skinless, boneless chicken, sliced into 1/4-inch strips
About 2 cups of your selection of stir-fry vegetables
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Combine marinade ingredients in a measuring cup. In a plastic bag add the chicken and about 1/3 of the marinade or until chicken is coated. (You could also use a container instead of a plastic bag.) Cover and refrigerate the remaining marinade. Refrigerate the chicken for at least 5 hours and up to overnight, turning bag occasionally to redistribute the marinade.
Add 1-tablespoon olive oil to coat the skillet. Heat a skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. Add chicken and stir-fry until opaque, about 3 minutes.
Add a tablespoon of olive oil to another skillet or wok. Add vegetables and stir-fry 2 minutes.
Add the reserved marinade to the pan. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. I like to thicken this a bit with pouring about a tablespoon or so of sake into a small dish and whish in some arrowroot. You can use cornstarch but I prefer arrowroot because you use less (2 teaspoons Arrowroot Flour = 1 tablespoon Cornstarch). It does not have any flavor and turns clear when cooked. Add the chicken to the pan, toss to coat with the sauce, and heat through. Taste for seasoning, adding more soy sauce or other if needed. Serve over hot rice, garnished as desired with sesame seeds, cilantro, and green onion.