It’s gonna be a long, wet weekend.

I’ve already told you what to do today to get ready *just* in case the power goes out for more than a few hours.

Hopefully, you’ll have plenty of power and water this weekend, so your only question won’t be *if* you can cook, but *what* to cook.

My sister makes what I call the world’s best chocolate chip cookies? Don’t believe me? Make them for yourself this rainy weekend and tell me if you have a better recipe. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

You could always bake the world’s best chocolate chip cookies and then write to me on Monday to tell me if they really were the world’s best. (I’m I’m a huge fan of Jim Lahey’s no-knead bread, but I’ve also found a new no-knead technique where you bake the loaves in a Pyrex bowl. Chicken tortilla soup is always good on a rainy day, and here’s a vegetarian tortilla soup without the chicken. Want something even heartier? Try this Guinness gumbo with chicken thighs. If you’re worried about losing power (and only have an electric stove/oven), it’s not a bad idea to have a quiche handy. You can keep it at room temperature overnight if you have to, and it’s a lot easier to eat already cooked eggs than try to figure out how to cook eggs without a fuel source. Here are three quiche recipes if you’re looking for one. You might be drinking piña coladas during the storm, so here’s a recipe for piña colada muffins. Grilled cheese is one of my favorite rainy day comfort foods. But do you know the secret to crispier, faster grilled cheese sandwiches? This is a great weekend for baking. We have Year of Baking tutorials for scones, cream puffs, apple crisps,muffins and cookies.I’m looking forward to seeing what y’all cook up this weekend via the #Austin360Cooks hashtag on Instagram. If you’re looking for a project that doesn’t involve cooking, might I suggest cleaning out your pantry and cookbook collection?

These pina colada muffins would be a good treat to have on hand during a hurricane weekend. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman


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