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When last we met... 
Mar. 16, 2010 8:05 am 
Updated: Mar. 17, 2010 4:18 am
I was waiting on the arrival and installation of my new range top/oven. I am happy to report it not only arrived and installed smoothly, but it has also become a cherished member of the family.

Oh the beautiful things I have been turning out on this stove-of-all-four-working-coils and gleaming-clean-oven-racks. I don't think the installer and his helper were gone for fifteen minutes before I was sauteing the required goodies to stuff two absolutely divine portabella mushroom caps. Days later I was stuffing three glorious yellow squash (and a red pepper kept them company - what else IS a girl to do with the EXTRA stuffing???). Then came the day I made naan bread... tender, buttery, rich and so flavourful you don't need butter, naan bread. It came out so awesome my "vegetarian in training" neighbour made that little sound that meant "oh my GAWD" and "hand over the recipe and nobody gets hurt". Following that roaring success, I could only TOP it by making absolutely perfect granola. Perfect. I make my own rather than buy it packaged (really really a LOT less expensive and I can add whatever the heck I like such as dried blueberries, apricots, cranberries, nuts, raisins... you name it.). It baked evenly to a perfect crisp and I can tell you without any reservations that THIS, is love.

Of course I've been making the "regulars" for myself and the kids but those really stood out in my mind... well... those and the lettuce wraps I've been scarfing down like I'm preparing for winter fer gossakes... you can't get FAT on them (well maybe you can but you'd have to eat insane quantities), but I've been on this KICK with them lately LOL. All in all though I can say adding the new range/oven to my kitchen has perked things up in there the way ONLY my Kitchen-aid stand mixer did two years ago.

Now... if only I could find a man that loves me as much as my new range/oven does... someone who would appreciate how I heat things up and keep the place cooking at a good rocking boil... *wicked grin*
Stuffed mushrooms and new oven
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Stuffed mushroom with "cheese"
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3 little squashes and their red pepper pal
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Naan bread
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Naan anyone?
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Making granola
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Homemade granola (before dried fruit added)
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Mar. 16, 2010 10:28 am
All of your dishes look AMAZING (and your double entendre at the end is pretty tasty, too. Haha!!) Do you use a recipe off AR for your granola? I want to make some granola, but have absolutely NO freakin' clue where to start. Great blog, as usual! :)
Mar. 16, 2010 11:40 am
*G* Thanks Nashville, they tasted better then they look though, I am a lousy photog. No, the recipe I use I've had for years and years. I'll post it for you. I'm not at all sure if there IS one here, I never looked. The initial investment for me is about $25 for the stuff to make it... but I can use that for months and make a week's worth each time. I think it works out to less than $2 per batch.
Mar. 16, 2010 12:42 pm
Yay!! Thanks so much!
Mar. 17, 2010 4:18 am
*Grins* You are very welcome Nashville.
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I'm 42 years young... trust me I know what I'm talking about LOL. I adore cooking and if I had the time, money, and opportunity I'd go to school, become a chef, and open my own vegan restaurant.
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Hmmmm... anything really. I prefer vegan recipes but I WILL cook all sorts of things because I live in a mixed household.
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We don't have any. I cook, they eat.
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A four bean vegan chili and vegan white bread that makes people stop chewing and mutter "OHMAGAWD" before chewing faster LOL.
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