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new range and Super Bowl food 
Feb. 5, 2013 6:20 am 
Updated: Feb. 5, 2013 12:04 pm
Saturday morning I cooked my last breakfast on our old stove and spent the rest of the day waiting for the new toys to arrive.  Finally at 3:30 the guys installing the new appliances showed up.  The range went in fine but the over the range microwave was a different story.  Nobody told me we needed cabinets above to anchor the microwave so the new microwave is just sitting on the cart where the old one was.  Grrrr.....

Then when everything was done and cleaned up the installers' truck wouldn't start.  Luckily my neighbor had a big diesel truck and was able to get them jump started and on their way.  But it all took a lot longer than we thought and we still had to grocery shop, cook dinner and get some stuff marinating for the Super Bowl party.  

We made Chef John's beef stroganoff for dinner, got the meat marinating for the man tested steak sandwiches and were finished by 10:30 that evening.  

Next morning it was omelettes for breakfast and start getting ready for the Super Bowl party.  My mother-in-law, brother-in-law, his girlfriend and our niece were all coming over.  

First we made a batch of Nana's French bread with the Kitchen Aid and then when we decided it might not be enough we did another batch.  This was attempt 4 and 5 of making bread and our first real successes.  The 3rd would have succeeded but my wife forgot to take the plastic wrap off (I was outside with the installation guys trying to get their truck started).

The first dish done was the blue cheese jalapeno poppers (though we used small, sweet peppers since I'm the only one who likes jalapenos).  The recipe said these were good at room temperature so they got finished early.  Chef John's (can you tell I have a man-crush on Chef John?) garlic parm hot wings were going to take a bit longer so they got started early while the hot artichoke and spinach dip was quickest and easiest and got done dead last (barely in time actually as I'd forgotten to thaw the spinach).  I bought a round loaf of bread, cleaned out the middle and baked it in there the last 10 minutes or so with some mozzarella over the top.  It wound up really being the star of the meal, everybody loved it.  

So we did our first successful dinner party making everything from scratch and managed to get everything done in time where it was all still hot (except the pepper poppers and that was OK).  It was great fun.  Becky and I both had a ball spending the day together in the kitchen and the oohs and aahhs from everybody made it all quite worthwhile.  And we couldn't possibly have done it without this site and all the great contributors.  Thanks!
Feb. 5, 2013 11:20 am
Congrats on the new stove. Isn't the best feeling when you have just made a great meal for good friends and everything came off as planned? May it be the first of many for you.
Feb. 5, 2013 11:53 am
Congratulations on your success! I am really glad that bread recipe didn't let you down.
Feb. 5, 2013 12:04 pm
Ditto what BigShotsMom said :) Sounds like a grand day for you, in so many ways.
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