After reading some of MaryV's statements about living in an apartment, I had a couple of ideas that I thought I would share. I am sure that other's will be able to add to the information and will be able to fine-tune it as well. There is nothing like cooking your own food. While it is nice to eat out at a nice restaurant, most people cannot afford to eat out all the time. I am the cook in the house. I have years of professional cooking experience - restaurants, bakeries, cafeterias, etc. I do lots of "scratch" cooking due to my allergies (and my little woman's allergies). Some things that can be done is prepare meals that are ready to eat with zero prep-time - just warm up and go. A small apartment without power or water might have some problems with their electric stove working or water flowing up the pipes. Visiting the nearest camping supply store will get you containers for your food and water. The camping store will also have cookware for preparing food on your portable propane powered BBQ or stove. The camping store will have a propane powered coffee maker to help you get going in the morning. The camping store will have sleeping bags to keep you warm inside your apartment when the temperature drops with night-fall. I find that Coleman products will work very well to keep you going when the utilities quit going. For camping, they take up very little room in storage and are very useful. My understanding is that the little 2 pounder Coleman propane bottles are safe to store inside any building - apartments included. That is why you can buy a dozen of the bottles from "Walmart" at a time - they are allowed to store them inside the building. Some apartment buildings have troubles allowing tenants to bring the big white re-fillable bottles through the lobby. A leaky propane bottle can cause a lot of troubles (explosion) and they won't allow that risk. I would like to setup this thread as a "camp food for apartment living" thread with easy to prepare recipes and instructions on how to cook with propane powered appliances. To make it work in the thread, when you reply, please put the name of the recipe into the "Title box" and the ingredients and instructions on cooking into the main message body. If possible, include storage ideas for that particular recipe.