While Hurricane Sandy is already 10 days behind us, we’re still dealing with its effects here in NJ/NY and will be for some time to come. Many who weren’t affected by the tidal surge that destroyed entire communities down the shore find themselves without power even now. We sat in a chilly house for eight days before a crew from Ohio fixed the power lines and we counted ourselves lucky that dealing with a lack of power and crazy gas lines was the worst of it for us.

I may get into our personal story more later on, but today I want to share a little comfort food in support of Sandy’s victims. The brainchild of Jenn Cuisine and Creative Culinary, the food-blogging community is coming together today to offer support and make everyone aware of relief efforts.

Clicking on the badge above will take you directly to the Red Cross donation page for those affected by Sandy. Even easier, you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

If you’d like to donate but are looking for a charity with a more targeted focus, Charity Navigator is a good resource. The site rates charities on financial health and accountability & transparency, so you have a good idea of where your money is going and how much of it will get there.

Now for comfort food! As an enthusiastic omnivore with a paleo bent, I think roasts or braises are just about the best comfort food you can make this time of year. I made the dish pictured at the top of this post last winter, but plan to feature it heavily in the upcoming months. The dish is Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Savory Apple Gravy from Simply Recipes, one of my go-to sites for reliable, delicious recipes. Just so you know, that’s a pork butt pictured above, but the substitution was wonderful. And as you’d suspect, leftovers are fantastic.

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