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From Twitter 01-14-2011 [Jan. 15th, 2011|03:01 am]

  • 10:30:19: At first glance, tip of squirrel's tail hanging over edge of gutter looks like something else. Squirrel's nose very obviously squirrel.
  • 11:50:43: Daily wordage goal met; infant book IV now over 20,000 words total. Now for laundry, kitchen (lamb shoulders in oven) & music.
  • 15:19:07: The Consuming Passion: my table linens arrived. Fit picnic tables perfectly. Kitchen table (v. small) not so much. But love 'em.
  • 15:22:50: Now have enough cloth napkins so no one will be stuck with paper, even for Thanksgiving.
  • 18:17:52: How did I manage to turn OFF the oven while turning ON the top burner for the potatoes??
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-01-16 06:18 am (UTC)

Cooking curiosity

Elizabeth, I was suddenly struck by curiosity; what kind of stove do you have? Does it have more burners than the standard four or modern five-ish? I'm considering doing more cooking as time goes by (we've pretty much left eating-out behind on the new healthy-and-homecooked food choice we've made). I'm also the owner of a so-far-reliable 1967 small white 4-burner stove. I think when I finish with school and buy an oven, I might actually get something a bit bigger and more versatile. So I am curious and soliciting cooks' knowledge and wishlists. This likely won't happen for a couple of years, but it's good to plan ahead.

Gretchen in MN
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-01-16 08:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Cooking curiosity

I learned to cook on the standard size four-burner stove, and that's what I had for years (gas in one apartment, electric in another, etc.) but when we moved here I inherited an older wider stove. Still only four burners and a standard (maybe just a little wider) but the wider top meant I could use the really big stock pot. On the left side, it had another storage drawer, quite narrow, beside the oven. (and it had a bottom storage drawer.)

That stove finally gave up (I believe it was original to the house when it was built in the mid-50s, as the gap in cabinets is that size of course, and gave up in the late '90s.) I bought what was supposed to be its equivalent, except that in the place of the side drawer it had a small oven. This stove is not as well-made as its predecessor (the bottom drawer, for instance, is flimsy, sticks readily, and can't be opened with one hand.) However, that second narrow oven is great--I use it for toasted cheese sandwiches, and heating up a frozen dinner or a few rolls instead of using the big one.

If your present stove is holding up, I wouldn't change it. Instead, you might want to consider adding a separate oven (in place of a cabinet, for instance, and at a height handy for you.) If it's smaller than the standard size (which I think is 30 inches wide) it's a big cramped for big pots, but a 30 inch stove will do until you win the lottery. Though I like the 40 inch I have. And in my dreams I have one of those workspaces on the TV cooking shows--burners, grills, infinite storage for pots, multiple ovens, etc. I know people who swear by those induction burners (and you can get them separately, for that matter) but I think they use more power.)

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