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Jun. 3, 2013 1:30 pm 
Updated: Jun. 4, 2013 9:04 am
Picture this - Thanksgiving Day 2012 - I have been preparing this special holiday meal for my family since 1983 and by now I could do it with my eyes closed and one hand behind my back (after all I have to have at least one hand to cook with!).  Coming from an Italian/Scottish household - my Scottish Mother learned quickly how to cook Italian and every holiday we ate like it was our last meal on earth.  My first Thanksgiving that I did in 1983 I served dinner for about 20 people and the max over the years about 30 - alas as our family has grown and my sisters had families of their own - the past few years have just been my husband and two children.  This Thanksgiving of 2012 was a no-brainer.  I still, however, kept tradition and made all the courses.   As I was prepping the turkey course and my potatoes were boiling on the stovetop and I was busy working on resetting the table - I heard my son yell out - Mom you better get in here.  Now what I thought as I made my way back - lo and behold my stovetop was on fire!  Good news - my potatoes were done - Bad news - so was my stove!

Well the stove was old and the cost to repair wasn't worth it so since the following day was Good Friday I decided to see if I could get any good deals on the internet as there was no way I was going out in the traffic.  Found a great deal on a Samsung Convection Oven - and I mean great and had it delivered early the following week.

It arrived all new and shiny - black smooth glasstop (although I wouldn't get that again) and I was so excited.  My son was there when it arrived as I was still at work.  I couldn't wait to cook on it although cooking was not something I really was ever passionate about - felt more of a chore then a passion.  Turned it on and.......NOTHING!  Hmmmmm I wondered - seemed simple enough to turn on - but nothing worked at all.  Let me check to see if it's plugged in - looked behind and no plug.  Asked my son and he said no there is no plug - what? I said - what do you mean?  Apparently stoves today don't come with plugs you have to buy them and they took my old one away with the plug.  So I had to go to the store and buy one - OK did that.  Got home - couldn't install it.  By the time hubby got home from work and figured out he didn't have the right tool (he's French you see and they aren't the most handy) - we said forget it and ordered out.

Well we figured it all out and here we are 6 months later and I have become a cooking freak!  I cook something new at least twice a week and as my husband says "If I knew you were going to cook like this I would have bought you a new stove the day we got married!"

I get it now - how some people are inspired by material things.  When it comes to appliances I always have had someone else's - until now and the joy of cooking and experimenting that this has brought me in unbelievable.

I'm a girl from Brooklyn and I even started canning!
Jun. 3, 2013 11:13 pm
I dislike the solid cooktops too, after yearning for one. Glad you are making the most of it.
Jun. 4, 2013 1:06 am
I prefer a gas cooktop. I have never had one with an electric oven but that would be my ideal. My current stove is ancient but when I compare it to what I can get today, I am content to put up with its quirks. Enjoy your cooking!
Jun. 4, 2013 5:43 am
I grew up with gas but every home I have purchased had electric and the stove was in it - so I am used to it, but I would never do glass flat again just too hard to keep clean.
Jun. 4, 2013 5:59 am
I grew up w/an electric range & it is my preference. I am on my second smooth-top, my only regret about them is that cast iron is not a preferred cooking vessel, but I can live w/that. My first one had a convection oven-loved that, but don't have it w/my second one. I did have to but the plug w/this one, too!
Jun. 4, 2013 9:04 am
I have a glass top stove with a convection oven. I really like mine. We had a gas stove when we lived in Alberta, but here in Nova Scotia there's propane. Propane actually scares me.
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