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Holiday Baking

I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas, only a few short weeks to go. I have been crippled without a working stove and last week on Thursday night my new stove arrived. It is a beauty and I am very happy with it so far. It is going to take some getting used to. I found that I am accustomed to working with an oven that was far from normal and because of some of issues I was able to use the oven with adjustments. For example my oven door did not close all the way, this effected the oven temp dramatically, I would prop chairs forcing the door to close but that was like an obstacle course in the kitchen. There were hot spots so everything I baked required constant turning and rotating. You get used to these things and they become the norm. The new stove works and works well and that has forced me to adjust how I use the oven. I find that there is a Pavlovian response, I automatically check want to rotate and test rather than timing. With an oven that actually works I am going to have to re train myself to trust and rely on directions and the oven itself. In the weeks before it arrived I didn’t do much in the way of cooking and baking, because it took a while to get the new stove my baking for the holidays has fallen way behind schedule. The last few days I have been reading the manual and using the stove and oven to get used to it. Today I start baking, I have many gift boxes to put together and there will be dozens and dozens of cookies and loaves to bake.

I have always had a basic stove, no bells and whistles, this stove has it all, it’s convection, has so many capabilities including a touch screen control. I feel a little overwhelmed but will get used to it I’m sure. I read that you have to adjust temperature by 25 degree’s (down) when baking with convection, well this stove automatically adjusts so you set the temperature at the prescribed degree’s in the recipe and it self adjusts. I will see how that goes. I can dehydrate food with this oven as the temp goes down to 100 degree’s it has a special setting for those that are observant, a Sabbath setting. It’s pretty incredible really. Β I have to put a new backsplash in but that can come later along with adjustments for positioning the stove etc..

The gift boxes will contain tried and true recipes, don’t really like experimenting when I am sending out as a gift. I’ve posted all the recipes over the years, Stollen, fruit cake thumbprint cookies, chocolate chip, biscotti are all on the agenda over the next few days.

Thanks to everyone for sticking by me even with a blog black out for a few weeks. Hoping now to get back on track and start posting recipes. Happy Holidays to all!

Ginger Scallion ramen with Crispy sesame oven baked tofu recipe coming

homemade bourbon vanilla extract

Percy loves the crunchy leaves

 

 

38 Comments Post a comment
  1. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    That stove is a beauty. You deserve it!!!
    Maria

    December 11, 2017
  2. Congratulations with your new oven, Suzanne πŸ˜€
    It is wonderful to have tool working well.

    December 11, 2017
  3. Hello Suzanne, hello Percy – your new kitchen is marvellous. Enjoy ! Bises et amitiΓ©s πŸ™‚

    December 11, 2017
    • Merci France, hello and Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel!!! Need to get back to work in the kitchen, Hugs my friend!!

      December 11, 2017
  4. What a handsome new stove Suzanne. It sounds very hi-tech too. I’m looking forward to your ginger scallion recipe – that looks delicious. Hugo and Java say hi to Percy in the leaves. He does look slightly dubious about them πŸ˜‰

    December 11, 2017
    • Hello to Java and Hugo from Percy and I. Yes the stove is pretty hi tech but I am finding it very easy to use which is a good thing. The ramen and tofu dish is delicious!! Thank you so much and Joyeux Noel!!

      December 11, 2017
  5. okiewinegirl2015 #

    Welcome back. Have fun taking that hot little number out for a Christmas baking spin! Will patiently await the ginger ramen tofu recipe. Yum and a Hello to Percy.

    December 11, 2017
    • Hello Alison, hope all is well. Feel like I have been on a retreat and have been away for a while. Made biscotti today, it was fun!! Thank you so much.

      December 11, 2017
  6. Hope you enjoy your beautiful new stove. It looks like Percy is getting a few more grey whiskers. Merry Christmas to you both.

    December 11, 2017
    • Hi Sharon, thank you already enjoying that stove! Yes Percy is getting more grey and starting to have trouble walking, very bad arthritis. I continue giving his the nutrivet vitamins but bought senior formula and their fish oil as well. Happy Holidays!

      December 11, 2017
  7. What a beautiful stove Suzanne, I so know what you mean about the hot spots in your old oven. Mine has one too and I know exactly when to turn. πŸ€”β˜Ί

    December 11, 2017
    • At the end of my stove’s life even rotating didn’t help. The stove burned things on one side and the other were underdone. It was impossible. At that point I knew that was it, time to get a new one. Must say this stove is amazing, Thank you so much.

      December 11, 2017
  8. The stove looks all singing all dancing Suzanne, I’m so glad you got a nice one. It’s going to be a work horse for the next fortnight. I hope you don’t overwork yourself.
    Have the most Wonderful Christmas.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    December 11, 2017
    • Ha, yes singing and dancing it’s a super stove. I hope that this stove is a work horse, it’s going to have some heavy lifting with as much cooking and baking as I do. Thank you David and Merry Christmas to you with massive hugs and a kiss under the mistletoe!!

      December 11, 2017
  9. Congrats on your new oven. Great way to start the new year! πŸ™‚

    December 11, 2017
    • It really is a great way to start the new year. I love the stove and hope it lives up to my expectations. Happy Hanukkah!!

      December 11, 2017
  10. Congratulations on your new beautiful stove. I cannot wait to see all the wonderful creations the two of you will make together. Happy Holidays to you and Percy.

    December 11, 2017
    • Thanks Michelle, the stove is so nice. Still getting used to using it but it is surprisingly easy to use. Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

      December 11, 2017
  11. So what’s cookin’ over here

    I’m impressed…

    That’s a Super Duper Stove and Stainless to boot 🌲

    Good Luck and have many Delicious Meals with it 🍝

    I guess you were “NICE” all year that Santa gave you such a wonderful gift and delivered it early πŸŽ…

    December 11, 2017
    • Oh I am starting the baking. Today biscotti, tomorrow fruitcake and have to make a dessert for my company potluck holiday party. Lots of fun baking. Thank you so much, not sure how good I was, LOL!!!

      December 11, 2017
  12. Congratulations on your new stove. Getting used to new appliances can be tricky. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    December 11, 2017
    • Yes it can be tricky. I am taking it slowly for now until I get the hang of it. Merry Christmas Gerlinde, are you going to Germany?

      December 11, 2017
  13. LOL. Percy does look rather pugly-smugly satisfied with the leaves. πŸ˜€
    Yay, the new stove! It’s fun to see a picture. I’m glad you got yourself a stove “Rolls Royce,” Suzanne. You deserve the best. Hugs!

    December 11, 2017
    • LOL, Percy just loves the leaves. He waddles over to the piles and loves the feel of the crunchy leaves under his feet. He was a less than enthused yesterday, he is not a fan of snow and ice. It is such a wonderful stove and I am enjoying getting to know it. Thanks so much Teagan!

      December 11, 2017
      • I’m with Percy about the snow and ice! Happy weekend hugs.

        December 15, 2017
  14. Awesome looking new stove Suzanne. Happy Baking!

    December 11, 2017
  15. Love the new stove Suzanne!! πŸ™‚

    December 11, 2017
  16. Feathers #

    G’day there Percy beautiful boy, and I’m sure you will be Mom’s best kitchen helper with her beaut new cooker. A very beautiful Christmas to both of you πŸŽ…

    December 11, 2017
  17. You’re back! YEaaah! Love the stove, it is a thing of beauty! And Percy looks like he’s absolutely thriving! Gibson didn’t like the heat of summer and would perk up in the fall (kind of like me!) I’m glad Percy enjoyed the leaves – hope all is well with him. πŸ™‚

    December 12, 2017
  18. The oven suits you, Suzanne, and you’re so deserving of a new one. You’ll have it all figured out before long. I suppose the manual is about two inches thick or more. Happy cooking and baking.

    December 12, 2017
  19. What a relief to finally get a working oven/stove!! My new oven has that Sabbath setting too. Exactly what is that? (I’m a Catholic, so clueless…) p.s. Percy is looking mighty fine!

    December 13, 2017
    • Yes a relief for sure. Observant people of the Jewish faith on Sabbath don’t do anything that can be considered work and don’t push Buttons among other things I believe. The Sabbath setting can be set in advance so that the oven turns on and off without touching it. I worked with observant Jewish people before and remember they were not even allowed to press elevator buttons. I could be wrong and have not read the manual but that is my guess. Hope you are well and thanks so much!

      December 13, 2017
  20. Hooray Suzanne!! so much fun to see the much anticipated stove!! If anyone needs a really good oven it’s you with all the beautiful things you bake!! So excited for you! And Percy is looking great! I thought you might have snow by now– white Christmas?? Hope you’re well– and have a blessed Christmas time ahead. xox

    December 18, 2017

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