In Ohio as soon as it snows its an emergency. The county I live in, and surrounding counties, have emergency levels 1, 2 and 3. Investing in snow tires, salt and sand for the roads would likely be cheaper than the total cost of productivity lost due to these so-called emergencies. This rhetoric of emergency also compounds the effects of the existing climate of fear and terror.
This terror-imbued level of emergency was so high that many churches in Bluffton were cancelled. I have a suspicion that the Presbyterian church (closer to my house than the Mennonite church) was not cancelled, since I saw a lot of cars near it. This could prove that Presbyterians are more hearty than Mennonites, that a bunch of people park their cars behind the Presbyterian church overnight or that Mennonites are smarter because they don’t want people driving on country roads or going out and about while the snow is blowing.
In any case, I decided to try making my first smitten kitchen recipe. Warm Lentil and Potato Salad. It was absolutely amazing.
The last time I seriously examined Smitten Kitchen was about halfway through the Plenty project, so it looked too intimidating. This recipe was made almost entirely with items I had on hand (because now I keep ingredients like capers about) and some replacements – no scallions or thyme – but overall, it turned out well. Reconnecting with my potato-and-dill-loving peasant roots while listening to NPR is the perfect antidote to blowing snow and other winter emergencies.