For the new kitchen, I purchased a super fancy 36 inch dual fuel, double oven range. I got the range a few weeks ago, but it has sat in the kitchen un-tethered since it was delivered. Hubby ran the electric no problem, but when it came to the gas hook up, he got a little sceered. He’d never run gas before and was running into conflicting information as to how to do it properly. So, we actually moved into the house with no working range. Yesterday, hubby surprised me by telling me that he’d hired someone to run the gas line so I could have my range. YAY!
This morning, the guy came and hooked everything up for us. He was super fast (just over two hours), and it was nice to feel confident that it was done correctly. My first reaction was HORRAY! My awesome range is installed and I can cook tonight! That turned to immediate stress over WHAT to cook. I blanked out immediately. I wanted to use both the cook top and the oven and I wanted to cook some sort of “comfort food”. I settled on chicken pot pie because I had some chicken to use up and I could make my yummy handmade dough for the crust.
On my way in the house from running to the store and to get the kids, I dropped the bag with the eggs in it. All but four of the eggs busted. The egg carton was one of those polystyrene types, so the eggs that broke were salvageable. I instantly thought…quiche! Yay! I am making homemade crust anyway and it’s another excuse to use the new oven! So, it’s 5pm, the kids both have major projects due tomorrow that they need my help with, and I’m tackling chicken pot pie and quiche… Maybe I’m not the sharpest Crayon in the box.
The evening turned out to be a comedy of errors. It only started with the broken eggs. I didn’t have enough butter to make the amount of crust I needed, so the pot pie turned into chicken with cream sauce and mixed veggies. I thought the French Loaf dough I got (yes it was from a can) would take 10 minutes to cook, but the damned thing took 30! minutes. I had already braved the POP! of the can and put it on a cookie sheet before I realized this. Shoulda read the instructions, I guess. So, I had to cover it and hope that I can cook it tomorrow. I made probably 8 trips to the camper for things that I needed to cook. Oh, I need the oil!…go get the oil. Dang it! I need that small pan…go get the pan. Now I need the salt and pepper!…go get the salt and pepper. Crap! Now I need a mixing bowl….go get the mixing bowl. Where is the dish soap?….go get the dish soap. Sh*t! I need the measuring cups….go get the measuring cups. Who needs a work out with that routine? About half way through cooking, I got a huge blister on my hand from grabbing the pan that had been in the oven without an oven mitt. All of this is going on while I am running between each kid and their project and trying to help them while I am dealing with the debacle of dinner preparations in the kitchen.
The worst part?? The worst part wasn’t the ridiculous work out I was getting running between the house and the camper. Nor was it the burn on my hand. The worst part….I….spilled…..my….beer. The whole goddamned thing.
Anyway, dinner turned out great, the quiche is probably one of the prettiest things I’ve ever cooked (can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow!), the kids got their projects done, AND I even had the motivation to make cookies after dinner. Ok, they were the break and bake kind, BUT who the hell cares.
Here’s my new range, isn’t it purdy?
The above pic is a teaser for the “after” of the kitchen. Still need to get doors and drawers on the cabinets before I do a full reveal. The before pics are here.
I guess I’m a little out of practice on cooking a meal that includes more than one step. We ate lots (and lots) of hamburger helper, sloppy joes, and easy one pan meals in the camper. Maybe tomorrow’s dinner will go smoother. Cold weather is moving in, so I’m thinking corn chowder…and hopefully the french bread loaf will cook fine and not turn into a weird bread experiment.
I did a mini-review of the range in the comments, below, but did have a request for interior pics of the range. Here they are: