Daylight Savings Time -- the wacky way politicians try to restore the natural universe and accommodate the schedule of school buses everywhere -- begins again on March 14, but here in New England, that doesn't mean Spring weather is just around the corner.
Some of our most famous and well-named weather events arrived in March. The Great Blizzard of 1888, a bit before my time, still holds the record for amount of snow.
My husband Ted and I remember the Storm of the Century (which we called the No-Name Hurricane) in 1993, because days later we found a friend's rather large sailboat that had been lifted by the wind and deposited on the patio of a house a mile away. In 1997, the April Fool's Day Blizzard, which really began the night before, on March 31, seemed to catch the entire city of Boston by surprise.
Now we plan ahead. We stock the house with milk and eggs, coffee and chocolate, and all kinds of fixings that we can turn into stews, tagines and chili.
When the next storm arrives, I'm going to cook some of my favorite dishes that rely on ingredients from the pantry. There's nothing like a bit of warm stew after a bout of shoveling snow.
Dishes marked (v) are vegetarian, or can be made so with minor adjustments or substitutions.
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