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I should be enjoying my beach vacation right now. Unfortunately, I can’t because of this. It’s 514 miles (827 kilometers) wide and they simply don’t know what it will do. The good news? We’re lucky because we have warning and we can prepare. The bad news? The beach house we rented is non-refundable in the event of a hurricane. Grrr…


Making preparations for Hurricane Irene is how I spent the first day of my vacation. Doing laundry … anchoring the shutters to the house … putting my bike in the basement. Part of that preparation was to make something delicious and sweet that doesn’t require refrigeration when we lose power. I’m calling them blueberry hurricane turnovers for obvious reasons but trust me – I will be making this recipe long after the Hurricane is gone.


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Today I found myself turning hurricane preparation into a bit of a game, particularly when it comes to food. We’re told we should plan to be without electricity for 5-7 days. What to eat?


Eating farm fresh food in the summer is important to us so we have lots of locally grown tomatoes, carrots, nectarines, peaches and blueberries. I also loaded up on fresh bread, peanut butter, jam, crackers, dried fruit and snacks. Of course we have canned goods but we’ll only eat them if things are dire. (Hopefully things won’t be dire). Fortunately, I remembered that good cheese doesn’t require refrigeration so I stopped by the local cheese monger to pick up a few delicious selections.


What am I missing? What food would you get at the market to prepare for a storm? Think of something good because it has the potential to be a long week and I’d love your input. If you’re on the east coast what food do you have on hand to weather the storm? Please share. Hopefully we can generate some tasty ideas together.


Here’s hoping the east coast of the United States is ok. Stay safe everyone.

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Blueberry Turnovers


1 recipe for puff pastry (I recommend the recipe in the book Baking with Julia, written by Dorie Greenspan) or frozen puff pastry
250 g of blueberries mixed with sugar to taste
2 egg whites


Preheat oven to 425 degrees (218 Celsius). Roll out puff pastry and cut into 4″ squares. Brush edges with egg wash. Place a spoonful of blueberries in the center of each square. Fold over top to make either a triangle or rectangle. Seal by pressing edges with thumbs. Brush with egg wash. Bake 8-12 minutes or until puffed and golden.


Bon appetit!



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  1. Irene has lousy timing to show up during your vacation like that! Not that there is ever a good time for a hurricane but still….not good. It looks like you are all set with the food in case she wreaks havoc on her way through. I guess I should have started thinking about what we are going to eat already; but I haven’t. The blueberry turnovers look like a great idea. Maybe there’s still time! Batten down the hatches and stay safe!

  2. just gorgeous…thanks for sharing the blueberry turnovers and all these lovely pics. And your post reminds me that it’s time to check our preparedness stores. we could use our camp stove if we had no electricity and no fire, but if I had no way to heat up a dinner, I guess I’d be glad there’s some protein powder in the cupboard. and chocolate bars too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I must laugh… the first thing I thought to make was cherry pie… am alternately shrugging the storm off and slightly uneasy about disaster.
    Hopefully Irene will be tired by the time she hits the big apple and won’t take much of a bite.
    I HATE my building when I try to use a router… (only works in 2 rooms) because it was built like a brick fortress in 1911… with 70 mile an hour winds… I am grateful to the builder, well, except for the big bay window!!
    Hope it misses you and you can enjoy your vacation and those turnovers!

  4. I think you did a little sugar sprinkle after the egg wash? Stunning photos of the turnover in the purest simplicity.
    I was wondering where you were when I saw your tweet following the East Coast tweeps deciding “to stay or to go”. I almost chimed in to ask what you would do. So, you are staying. You must be in a safe place location wise where you will get the aftermath of the storm, and not the eye of it?
    I think I would go. Have my car packed and hit the road for an inland road trip for 48 hours or so.
    Does your quaint cottage have a wood burning stove? There is nothing like homemade bread in or on a wood burning oven. Or even on a fire outside.
    We can buy huge baskets of lettuce and salad greens here still growing in the bowls and I might buy a couple of those in your situation. Cheese, bread, fruit, root vegetables, salad… nuts… fermented food? That is a unique and tasty way of preservation without refrigeration that might offer a little perk to the palate – but I can only think of short term pickles and cabbages and miso.
    Buy eggs from the farmer that have not been washed. They do not need to be refrigerated at all until they are washed. That would be a huge bonus to your pantry. I am trying to think of meat as my uber carnivore would definitely leave for the thought of a day without meat…
    We have truly become extremely dependent upon power and refrigeration.
    I hope your vacation is filled with peace and the fresh air and freedom you deserve and that the storm rages at sea.

  5. It is hard to think of snacks for the hurricane. I ended up making some zucchini bread and will probably make lots of salsa… and start eating my canned goods.. ๐Ÿ™‚ The turnovers look awesome, I might try to make those last minute! Let’s hope the hurricane won’t be too hard on us!

  6. Looks like Irene is putting a real damper (pun intended) on your vacation, but it sounds like you’ve got everything under control. I think I could live on those yummy looking turnovers for a week! I live in Arizona so I won’t wait till a hurricane comes along to make them. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I’m so sorry about your beach vacation, El! Better to be safe and prepared, though. Living in Wisconsin near Lake Michigan we have few natural disasters other than an occasional tornado and fortunately, those are few in this part of the state. I’m sure there must be many ideas to be found online.

    What a delicious way to stay calm and focus with those beautiful turnovers!

    Hope the storm goes out to sea before it gets close to you!

  8. El, so sorry that Irene has rudely interrupted your vacation! Could you ask them to replace this time with another week? I hope something works out.

    Those blueberry turnovers are fabulously simple and I imagine comforting in these dangerously dreary conditions. I’m not sure if I have advice that is better than having good cheese around the house. If I wasn’t nursing a baby, I’d have good wine and bread to accompany the delicious cheeses.

    In preparation for the storm, I made granola and stocked up on a bunch of nuts, notably raw cashews which won’t last me long enough if I keep on eating them.

  9. Those turnovers look amazing…and your photographs are even more beautiful. Always love how there is a beauty to every photograph you take. Hope you are safe and the storm passes by quickly and without too much damage!!

  10. Definitely snacks like home-made cheese crackers, cookies, granola, and small batches of things like biscuits or scones. Anything that can be stored air-tight rather than in the fridge. If you have a dehydrator or want to buy them, dried fruit is a fantastic route. You could also stock up on grains and work out some sort of fire-pit over which to at least heat water for oatmeal, etc. And if you need coffee, Starbucks Via instant isn’t too horrible (although it’s not great either).

  11. sorry to hear about your vacation! Glad to see you will be enjoying something so delicious while you what out the storm. I had similar visions of all my beautiful produce spoiling so I made a big batch of gazpacho.

  12. That is a bummer about your vacation. It nice that you have had time to prepare for the storm. Our natural disasters in S.California usually come with out warning, so we always try to have an extra propane container for the gas grill and a plenty of bottled water on hand.

  13. It feels a little strange to be reading this post on Monday after Irene has passed, and it’s a real bummer about that vacation rental! I’m so glad that most of the East Coast turned out ok, poor Vermont though. I would take these turnovers any day, hurricane or no!

    You asked about the food I’d stock up? That’s a very good question. It would be a mix of fresh and dried fruit, cured meats, nuts and I’d also bake up a bunch of muffins/scones too. Hopefully that day will never come, but it’s good to be prepared.

  14. I hope everything turned out alright for you (minus the cash sunk into the vacation rental). I thought we had another week of vacation, but realizing that classes were starting a week earlier than I had planned for, we had to hightail it back to Maine, driving through New York on Sunday, in between nasty bouts of rain and wind.

    Thankfully, we didn’t run into any (tree) snags, and made it back safely. Now that I’m back snug in my own kitchen, I do believe these will be making in on to the table sometime soon!

  15. Oh you poor thing, so sorry about the vacation! I hope you were safe and have your power back now. We only lost for 1 day, but I know other areas were without for days & days. Take care!

  16. We got Irene when she was forming in the Caribbean. Then, coming back to Florida, we were getting a side swipe, but the worst missed us.
    Sorry about your vacation and hope all is well. Going anyplace in August is chancy, isn’t it? Living in Florida is bad enough. Keeping some of my shutters up.
    Anyway, I’d love some of your blueberry hurricane turnovers. Maybe cherry too.

  17. I am new to your blog, but I have to say that your photos are insane. I love how the food pops right through the screen. I think I will do some baking this weekend…

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