NJ snow guide to keep you cozy: Spotify playlist, cocktail recipes, baking tips & more
Gov. Murphy gives an update on inch counts, timing for the winter storm expected to hit New Jersey Wednesday. NorthJersey.com
If a global pandemic isn't enough reason to keep you in your home, perhaps a snowstorm is.
Fortunately, we've gotten pretty good at staying indoors these days.
And if you need a little inspiration to get you through a few days of wintry weather, We've got you covered. Here's a guide to staying entertained and well-fed during a snow storm.
We don't endorse panic buying during a storm. But, there are a few things you should be sure to have before getting snowed in — flour, butter, eggs and other essentials that can be combined to make tons of baked treats on a winter night.
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Hot cocoa bombs (chocolate orbs filled with marshmallows, hot cocoa powder and other meltable treats) are the trendiest treat the winter. We can't think of a better time to enjoy one than during a snow storm. Here's where to find them.
Looking for hot cocoa bombs?: Here's where to find them in New Jersey in person or online
Things to do
Can't decide between cookies and brownies? Make them both — kind of — with this recipe for brownie cookies.
A snow storm?: Stay indoors and bake brownie cookies. Here's the recipe.
In spring, when the country shut down in full force and yeast was hard to find, amateur bakers all over were making sourdough starters, the rising agent in sourdough bread. To make one, you need water, flour and a whole lot of patience. Consider starting your own during the blizzard.
These classic cocktails will warm you up on the coldest of nights. You've got nowhere to be. Tuck in!
Recipes: 6 great cocktails for a snowy night
What to eat
Candied bacon. Mexican hot chocolate. Homemade popcorn. Here's how to make simple, satisfying dishes at home.
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So, the power goes out. What now? Use our guide to figure out what to make and when to make it, potentially saving some of those perishables in your refrigerator.
Cooking without power: Ideas for using pantry items and saving what's in the fridge
If cooking isn't your thing, here are a few of our favorite comfort foods available for takeout. Be sure to call to make sure they're still open despite the weather.
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What to listen to
When flakes are going to fly and exertion is in the forecast, we turn to this shovel-ready list of songs, curated by DJ Jimmy Fink of The Peak 107.1-FM.
His short list: The Decemberists' "Make You Better," Modest Mouse's "Lampshades on Fire," and Heydaze's "Don Juan," among others. There are also classics, such as Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" and Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now," and James Brown's "Cold Sweat," which seems appropriate and might give your efforts a bit of funk. We've created a Spotify playlist to help you power through that snow into snowbanks.
Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please subscribe today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.