I am fortunate that none of my friends or family members on the East coast were much more than inconvenienced by the storm, though a friend of mine on the outer banks of NC saw a lot of water and more than her fair share of sand. Many, many people out there cannot say the same. The North East is basically on the brink of anarchy by some accounts. At the very least, there are a lot of displaced, desperate people there right now. There's not much I can do from way out here in Washington State except donate and ask you to do the same.
My dish is macaroni and cheese. It's my kid's favorite. Comfort food to the max. No oven required.
Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
Yield: 4-6 Servings
Calories: 6 bazillion
1/2 lb dry macaroni noodles (I use whole wheat)
1/4- 1/2 C Milk (any fat content will do, I usually use skim, but whole is great, too!)
1/4 - 1/2 lb Medium Cheddar Cheese (I use Tillamook Brand, usually)
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: Sour Cream
Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove and add the macaroni. Bring back to a boil and cook about 15-20 minutes, until pasta is tender, but not mushy. Turn off stove, and drain pasta (do not rinse). Return to stove, but leave heat off. Add the first 1/4 C milk and stir to coat the noodles. You can shred the cheese if you want it to melt faster, but I mostly just put vaguely uniform chunks into it. Start with a quarter pound but you can go up to a half pound if you like yours really cheesy! Turn the heat to low and cook until cheese melts and can be stirred into the pasta, about 5 minutes. Add more milk as necessary. Salt and pepper to taste. If you would like to add sour cream, add it at the very end before serving.
Full disclosure, I really don't like baked macaroni. I have had some I have liked, but as a whole, it's mushy, gloopy, eggy, and tastes like baked cheddar cheese. I am not a fan of baked cheddar cheese. This is the macaroni I grew up on (except for the whole wheat noodles). It's so simple. No roux, no preheating, just boiling and adding cheese. I love it and my kids do, too. If I could send a vat of it to New York I would. Maybe next week I'll take up a donation for a macaroni vat. Until then, I hope you will consider sending a donation to one of the more legitimate charities out there!