With all these storms hitting the Jersey Shore, we should know by now what we can’t live without by now. Some people get the bread and milk, I get the beer, wine, and cheese. It may sound crazy but for some reason, they taste better when you are snowed in. That’s my story and I am sticking to it. There are a few meals though that you can’t go wrong with during a winter storm unless of course the power goes out and you have an electric stove like I do.

Here are my TOP 5 FAVORITE STORM MEALS:

  1. Meatballs with a huge pot of sauce and whatever pasta I feel like making. Now when I say a huge pot of sauce I am not talking spilling a few jars into a pot and heating it up. When I say meatballs, I am not talking the store bought frozen bagged meatballs. I am talking about homemade. I like to start first thing in the morning and have it cooking on the stove all day long. The longer it simmers, the better it tastes. The pasta is just an afterthought. Although I love homemade pasta better than the bag or box, that is what I usually use. A really good loaf of Italian/semolina bread is a must and I prefer to use fresh parmesan vs. the kind in the green container.
  2. Chicken or eggplant parmesan is my next go-to meal. I try and always use the freshest ingredients. I slice the eggplant super thin which after you bite into the crunch, it melts in your mouth when you eat it. Super delicious. I do the same for my chicken cutlets. I make sure they are super thin, that way I have an excuse to eat seconds with no regrets. It’s really one piece of chicken…right? LOL
  3. Homemade beef stew or soups. You cannot go wrong making a pot of beef stew or soup. It’s filling and warms the soul. Not to mention how yummy your house will smell while it is cooking. Reminds me of going to grandma’s house.
  4. Mac & Cheese. Who doesn’t like a huge bowl of cheesy goodness? Baked with bread crumbs on top…drooling while typing.
  5. Homemade pot pie. Can we just say YUM?! They are super easy to make and so delightful to eat.

 If you aren’t a good chef like I am, stop by your local grocery store’s freezer section and stock up with the frozen versions of my fresh. Not the same but it will have to do. All of these items go great with beer or wine! Eat, drink and stay warm!!