WEEKEND POST 97
Sobering stats out of the Old North State this week as the Hurricane Matthew mayhem continues: + 13,728 — the number of power outages in NC and SC still without power as of this morning; + 12 — feet of water covering some of the historic towns in northeastern NC (above roof lines in some instances); + 34 — counties in NC declared federal disaster areas (over 1/3); + 174 — approximate number of water rescues made by helicopter; + 22 — the latest death toll in NC alone.
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, serving 16 of the disaster-declared counties, is providing 5 meals to those impacted by the storm for every $1 donated to the Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund. If monetary giving isn’t an option, please consider sharing some of the most needed items at a FBCENC branch location, or many other churches, banks, pantries, and supermarkets around the central and eastern parts of the state.
Our particular area of the eastern coast was, once again, very fortunate. In some regions the flood levels are still rising, expected to crest by the day’s end. Though the waters are receding and routines are beginning to return to normal, our hearts and prayers go out to those struggling in the storm’s wake.
I can’t think of an appropriate segue, so let’s return to the regular Weekly Suppers flashback + links and updates. A riff on this fattoush salad: crispy, crepe-style socca complimented mixed greens, buttery avocado, tangy feta and sweet ripe NC-grown tomato slices all drizzled with a mustardy lemon-shallot-mint vinaigrette. To drink, an excellent French white my parents gifted us to celebrate our fifth anniversary earlier in the week, and to cap the evening, the last two slices of our flourless dark chocolate (wedding) cake. It’s tradition!
Here’s to healthy, happy, and safe week ahead — be well, Friends.
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Some interesting, fun, delicious reads:
- October is National Seafood Month, highlighting the sustainability of U.S. fisheries from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico. Celebrate by paying close attention to the types of seafood you eat, and help revive and sustain the health of our oceans for generations to come. Of course there’s an app to help with that!
- In package instructions we trust?
- Still time to plant, so get your kids dirty for their good health.
- Should I ever fly KLM, the plan is to leave something on board the plane.
- Hunter’s Moon-supermoon combo tonight into tomorrow night.
- Explore the hidden wonders and obscurities of our world.
- This week’s pinned words of wisdom.
Recently on HGN:
- Get in an October-y mood with a timely guest feature on Further Food of my pumpkin granola with cashews, pepitas, dried cherries and dried plums!
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