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My New Kitchen Tool 
Oct. 6, 2013 4:45 am 
Updated: Oct. 19, 2013 5:40 am
Friday was an exciting day for me.  After work we were heading out to pick up my new tool for my kitchen!  Many of you may have known how my old range died on me about a month ago or so, but if you didn't hear the story I'll repeat it for you.  I was hungry for some of my Grandma's baked caramel corn she used to make so I went to my kitchen to whip up a batch.  I put the trays of caramel corn into the 250 degree oven and went to the bathroom.  When I came back out there was smoke pouring out of the oven and my caramel corn was quickly becoming charcoal corn!  My 27 year old faithful kitchen companion had "blew its top". 

It took a week before we had time to actually go look for a new oven.  Then, I went by myself and found one I liked.  Of course, I then needed to have Jon come and look, too.  He wanted to do some more looking around, in case there was something I liked better.  There was nothing I liked better, but in looking around we found it on sale at Sears for $130 less than where I had found it. Good deal indeed!  I wanted a black oven to match my other black appliances - my old one had been almond so I couldn't wait to have matching appliances finally!  Of course black was not in stock.  It came in Friday!  Friday's are one of the days we go to the restaurant for dinner and to sign paychecks, etc. so we headed there and then went to pick up my new range.  Naturally it was raining, so we had to haul it into the house in the rain and track mud thru the kitchen.

We live on a dead-end road with no other houses, but there are two houses on the other side of the creek that runs along the border of our property.  They are close enough we can shout out "Hello" to one another and hear the hoots and hollers coming from Larry's "Man Cave" when there are ballgames on.  When we got home Jon texted Larry to see if he and the other neighbor, Rob, could come help him bring the oven in the house.  We could hear plenty of loud boisterous laughing, so Jon's actual text was: "If you aren't too drunk, could you come over and help me unload Nan's new stove?"  He didn't get a text reply - instead thru the darkness we hear "We aren't too drunk... Yet! We'll be right over."  We're lucky - our neighbors are great.  Both of them. We've lived here for 27 years and they've both been here almost as long or longer.  I've always said I don't like neighbors but since there are two houses by me I have no choice but to have at least two and I couldn't ask for better ones. 

I was excited to try out my new oven.  It's a Whirlpool glass top with a 6.2 cubic foot convection oven.  This weekend is a busy weekend so I really wouldn't have time to use it much.  Saturday morning I got up and dug thru my freezer for something, anything, to bake.  I found a box of frozen turnovers. They would have to do.  I made those for our breakfast as Jon headed out to an auction.  One of his long-time friends was retiring and closing his Orvis fly fishing shop.  Today was the auction. I was heading to Yahir's soccer game -the last one of the outdoor season. 

Later last night we were holding a benefit at the restaurant.  Our DJ for the Tuesday night car cruise-ins was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in April and we were hosting a benefit night where we donated 25% of all sales between 5 pm - 9 pm.  He had worked 30 years at the hospital and DJ'd around 1000 weddings - so he is a well-known community member.  We were anticipating quite a crowd, so myself, Jon, daughter Kristal and son-in-law Jake told Federico we'd help out where needed. Before we headed over to the restaurant I insisted on making us dinner.  I made breaded pork chops with sliced/baked sweet potatoes and corn. My oven works beautifully!   Federico found it funny that we ate at home before coming to the restaurant. He didn't understand how badly I wanted to use my new stove.  His oldest daughter is excited about it, though.  She wants to come over and learn how to make a pumpkin pie. Two years ago I made one for them and she loved it.  A pie baking day is in the future. 

Jake was put on dishwasher duty and worked his tail off! Kristal and I helped seat people, got drink orders, took the chips and salsa to the tables and cleared the tables.  Jon was the "social greeter" pretty much.  He just could not get the hang of anything else - our hostess has a system and Kristal and I just worked with her and became her extra hands and legs; Jon had great ideas but he messed up her system and she was getting frustrated with him.  Our community is a rural town and everyone comes together in times of "need".  It was awesome to see so many people there to support the DJ and his family!  I couldn't tell you how many of the tables told me "He was our DJ at our wedding "X" number of years ago."   or "I was in the hospital and he was there"  or "I coached his son/daughter" and on and on it went.  Many of the classic car owners were there as well.  When it was all over and Federico tallied up the sales for those 4 hours - we had as much in sales as a normal ENTIRE Saturday has!  About half-way into the evening I told Federico that I would not be quitting my day job.  That restaurant work is hard work! I was getting pretty tired!  I'm thinking everyone should do that at least once - it really makes you appreciate eating out and realizing how much those servers earn their tips!

Today I plan to bake some cookies before I head over to Kristal's house.  She is hosting a Pampered Chef party.  I'm sure I'll be able to find some sort of new gadget for my stove!  I'm thinking I might order some of those little pie tins for my pie baking day with the kiddos.  That way each kid could roll out their own dough and choose apple or pumpkin for their filling.  That would be another blog in the making!
my new stove
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One of the lovely servers.
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Oct. 6, 2013 6:26 am
Mother Ann... if I weren't so jealous right now , I'd be happy for you! Just kidding congrats on the new toy! I had forgotten yall became restaurant owners! I may just go bake a few pies myself! Oh ... and Jim has banned me from any and all Pampered Chef parties! !!!!
Oct. 6, 2013 6:42 am
LOL! I have a couple addictions in my life - chocolate, visiting wineries, and Pampered Chef. Jon couldn't keep me away from a party no matter what!! Besides, he always seems to like what I buy, too.
Oct. 6, 2013 7:25 am
Glad to hear the new kitchen tool is working out! And I agree, everyone should wait tables at some point in their life. I'll never forget doing it myself and hold a high appreciation for how hard restaurant workers actually work.
Oct. 6, 2013 7:57 am
I love your new stove. May it be a good stove. I hope you bought the extended warranty. My oven went kaput the same month the warranty ran out. I know how you feel about Pampered Chef. I just ordered from one of my daughter's friends.
Oct. 6, 2013 8:17 am
I don't know anyone that does Pampered Chef. Probably a good thing! Congrats on the new oven. Glad your benefit night went well! Restaurant work is hard work!!
Oct. 6, 2013 8:41 am
Sassy - Years and years ago I participated in our school's DARE Program's dine with a cop night. The school employees "worked" to serve the community members alongside the DARE Officer. I didn't work nearly as hard then as I did last night!
Oct. 6, 2013 8:43 am
Lela - We did not buy the extended warranty. We never do and never have wished we had. Of course now that I said that.... I don't know what it is about Pampered Chef - but I just love all their stuff! It's a good thing (or is it?) that they constantly come out with new products as I think I have almost everything they make. LOL
Oct. 6, 2013 8:44 am
Cat - I know waaayyy too many people that do Pampered Chef! :)
Oct. 6, 2013 9:34 am
Your new range is beautiful. I know you'll get many years of enjoyment out of her too! I don't use the "convection" part of my all that much. I wish recipes would include convection temps and times.
Oct. 6, 2013 9:56 am
Candice, Thank you! I'm not sure how often I'll use convection either. My user's manual says the general rule of thumb is reduce the temp by 25 degrees and time by 30%. When I made the frozen turnovers that is what I did and it seemed that they were done with just an extra minute added to the time. I want to try making something that actually would be a time-saver - like a roast or turkey or some other long-cooking thing.
Oct. 10, 2013 4:02 am
Congrats on your new "baby"! I finally have all matching appliances too....funny thing about those small things we wish for all our lives! Enjoy these coming holidays seasons! XOXO
Oct. 10, 2013 2:34 pm
Congrats on the new mother board :) I know you will make many a stellar meal on that baby!
Oct. 11, 2013 5:00 am
CindyLepp - Hi there! Yup - Now I need to go get new utensils (spoons, etc.) as a lot of mine are brown and I need black or gray to match my appliances! LOL I told Jon I needed a new Kitchen Aid since mine is almond and now I need black. I got "the look". Oh well... at least my blender is black...
Oct. 11, 2013 5:00 am
mauigirl - I think a girl needs a new stove every once in a while - it brings the "spark" back into cooking. :)
Oct. 12, 2013 6:56 am
Love the way your new range has the controls along the back. Mine has them on the front and they get dripped on. When cleaned the numbers clean off - get new numbers? - no - manufacturer says get new front - cost $300+ Beware!
Oct. 12, 2013 8:54 am
ejconcord - I never even thought of that happening! I'm glad mine are along the back! So far I am loving my new range. I've tried out the convection, warmer burner, everything except the cleaning feature. That'll be needed all too soon if I keep using the oven as much as I have been! LOL
Oct. 19, 2013 5:40 am
Perfect timing for a new range. Looks a lot like mine, but mine is a Kenmore and not convection. Black looks sharp in a kitchen. Nice to have good neighbors too.
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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