This Turkey Shepherd’s Pie is one of the first meals I made after our power was restored last week following Hurricane Sandy. After 8 days without power, I couldn’t wait to cook once again in a warm, lit kitchen. Fortunately, we have a gas stove, so even during the power outage, I could cook using a lighter to ignite the stove. Each day, I would start cooking dinner in the afternoon when it was still light out so that I could have dinner ready before it got dark.
As the days passed, and it became apparent that the power outage was going to go on for longer than expected, I began taking things out of the freezer as they defrosted and using up as much of the food as I could. I began cooking more and more food as the days went on and more items started to defrost. Since it was dark in our home and we had so much food, we began hauling our prepared meals over to our dear friend’s home (they were one of the few families in town that had power) and shared dinner with them, and on occasion with another family that would stop by.
These shared meals were really special – it was so nice to catch up with each others’ lives and to have a little laugh despite the circumstances. In the end, I left a lot of leftovers at my friends’ house who happily accepted them. I am so glad that I could offer something in return for their generosity in opening their home to my large family.
So, back to this Shepherd’s Pie – during one of our dinners at my friends’ home, the topic of Shepherd’s Pie came up and my kids’ ears perked up. I knew that I would have to make this for them once we got power back. When I served this dish to my kids the other night, they were so happy – it was like snuggling on a couch with a warm blanket next to a fireplace.