I’m doing my weekend reads a little late this weekend – Saturday afternoon instead of Friday. Yesterday afternoon I was busy with hurricane preparation – securing everything in the backyard, tending the garden…


The window behind my desk is boarded up as a precaution and I can hear the rain coming down outside it. It’s raining steadily right now, but I know that several hours from now there will be a tropical storm, possibly a full-fledged hurricane, outside it. The boys are at their friends’ houses right now, but we’ll be picking them up in a little while so we can spend the evening as a family. We’re as prepared as we can be for the worst, but we’re hopeful for the best.


In honor of Hurricane Irene (hey, this is Mother Nature Network after all – we have a high respect for nature around here), I’ve a few hurricane inspired recipes for you as well as some lighter hurricane related reading.


  • I’ve seen a lot of requests from people for a good Hurricane Cocktail Recipe over the past couple of days. I’m pointing you to Emeril Lagasse’s. The Hurricane Cocktail is synonymous with Louisiana and so is he. If you have a well-stocked bar, you shouldn’t need to run out and get any unusual ingredients for his version.
  • If you’re power goes out, and you’re looking for some no cook recipes, we’ve got a few here on MNN. Check them out now, though. Because if you’re power goes, out, you probably won’t be able to get to them!
  • Business Insider has the 13 Funniest Tweets about Hurricane Irene (so far at least).
  • And the funniest (and yet totally poignant) Facebook status that’s going around:

    As Hurricane Irene prepares to batter the East Coast, federal disaster officials warn that Internet outages could force people to interact with other people for the first time in years. Residents are bracing themselves for the horror of awkward silences and unwanted eye contact. FEMA advises: “Be prepared. Write down possible topics to talk about in advance. Sports...the weather. Remember, a conversation is basically a series of Facebook updates strung together.”
Be safe, stay dry, and enjoy your weekend!

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: Hurricane cocktail recipe & more in honor of Irene
The window behind my desk is boarded up as a precaution and I can hear the rain coming down outside it.