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New Year Resolution: My New Stove 
Jan. 3, 2011 12:41 pm 
Updated: Sep. 6, 2014 5:16 pm
I have one resolution this year - to purchase a new freestanding range - cooktop with oven. I don't know what  I want, besides having a slight preference for gas and a great need for a good oven. We also make a lot of pizza (once per week). I have been looking on the internet for the last two weeks, and have discovered there is a lot I don't know about purchasing a new range.

What should I be looking for?
Jan. 3, 2011 12:55 pm
I would love a double oven - the kind where the bonus oven is like a drawer just above the main larger unit. I think convection would be fun but I really don't bake much.
Jan. 3, 2011 4:32 pm
I have been eying the double oven range combinations. I have to admit this is intriguing. I am confused about why the drawer that seems to be made for pizza has less BTUs. I am tired of standing in the rain on my porch baking pizza on my grill. This is fun in the summer, but not so much this time of year. The grill is the only place I can really get hot enough to make the pizza crust we love.
Feb. 12, 2011 8:42 pm
I spent over 2 years cooking in a toaster oven since my oven part of my stove stopped working....I learned that I prefer the toaster oven so I bought new one (since the old one was old and cooking at 350*F only)and I love it now I use it all the time...GE from Walmart double rack & rotisserie as well for $60
lexi Schulz 
Sep. 6, 2014 5:13 pm
Can I ask what your fondest memories are of coming together on Thanksgiving Day making that delicious turkey?
lexi Schulz 
Sep. 6, 2014 5:13 pm
This latest post was for Syd.
lexi Schulz 
Sep. 6, 2014 5:15 pm
Can I ask what your fondest memories are of coming together on Thanksgiving Day making that delicious turkey?
lexi Schulz 
Sep. 6, 2014 5:16 pm
This latest post was for Syd Carter.
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About Me
My cooking experiences include creating seasonal menus for preschools, owning a catering company, and developing recipes for children with phenylketoneuria. I started cooking working alongside three generations of my Greek family on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
My favorite things to cook
We get a farm share in the summer, and I love cooking spontaneously based on what I find in the box each week. In general these turn out to be Mediterranean-style dishes, like my chard recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking with my family is my favorite tradition. I involve my family in the process including planning, shopping, and cooking. My eldest child, Eamon has many ideas for meals and snacks. These are usually dishes that that he loves, and I have made only once or twice because of the time involved. However, he really loves Olive Puffs. He made several batches, froze them, and then I helped him bake them for parties throughout December. He was happy with the results, and even took them to a school party. I think the teachers ate them. This weekend, my 3 year old and I made pizza dough. He loves the mixer. His contribution consisted of adding scoops of unmeasured water and flour to the bowl. He loved this. Luckily he only partially filled the 1/8 cup measure each time, allowing him to add many scoops while not changing the proportions much. Later he mixed shredded cheese, flour, and salt (he loves the salt shaker) in a cast iron pan while I prepped the pizzas. The kitchen was a mess.
My cooking triumphs
Learning that the simplest recipes are usually the best. OK - really - I think I make a terrific fig jam. My hummus is also pretty tasty. Both of these recipes use fewer than 5 ingredients. See, simplest is best.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to count - bread not rising, bread rising too much; jam never setting up, jam burning - you get the picture.
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