By Craig Nelson
Last month, Steve Sylvester, Matt Nelson, and I were digging out fire hydrants in below-zero temperatures. This month, Fargo is preparing for a possible record flood. For any lovebirds out there looking for something to do on that special day, we begin making sandbags on Valentine’s Day (Our V-Day seems more like D-Day!). We’re shooting for around 3.5 million bags, give or take. So once again I go to my happy place, the kitchen, and try to distract myself from the looming flood with something warm for my belly. As the city starts preparing for the flood, I too will prepare by “carb loading” as much as possible between now and that special Sweethearts Day, the day when Sandbag Central opens for business. Thankfully, Lieutenant Cynthia Nally and the crew at Station 55 were nice enough to help us out in Fargo by sending a recipe that is perfect for the “carb loading” job.
James “Graphite Smoke” Purvis – a former U.S.A. Bobsledder (originally from Brentwood, NY)
Brandon “Mojo” Clayton – just out of college (originally from Dallas, TX)
Luke “Stoneface” Wilson – was and still is a Marine (originally from FT. Campbell, VT)
Cynthia “Conveniently left out her nickname” Nalley – did financials for a major corporation (originally from Barre, VT)
Station 55 Bow Tie Pasta
Attention FDIC Attendees: Meet Craig Nelson, author of “Fire Station Cooking,” in the Fire Engineering/PennWell booth outside the main entrance to the Indiana Convention Center exhibit hall during the exhibit days, March 24-26, as part of FDIC 2011, to be held March 21-26 in Indianapolis. Sample a dish featured in the column and meet the author; bring your favorite recipe to be featured in a future column.