October 12, 2009


YJDKIY found some handy hands to help fix the stove top for about half the service estimate. So, without further ado, I bring you the first thing fixed on the new cook top:

Just kidding. Sort of...technically, plain white rice, broth (low sodium of course!) and baby chicken food WAS the first thing fixed, but it was for the recovering puppy, not the hungry person!

Hungry person dinner looked more like this:

Bean, Kale & Sweet Potato Soup

Small sweet onion - diced
3-4 garlic cloves - minced
1 sweet potato - peeled and cut in 1/2" cubes
1 bunch of kale - torn from stalks
2 cans white beans - great northern in this case
32 oz low sodium organic vegetable broth
12 oz water
olive oil - for saute
rosemary, garlic powder, cumin, pepper

In soup pot, heat oil and saute onions 1-2 minutes, add garlic for 1 more minute. Add broth and water and bring to a boil while adding all spices as desired. Go heavy on rosemary and light on cumin. Microwave cubed sweet potato for 3-4 minutes just until barely soft, add to boiling pot. Add torn kale in small pieces. Boil 10 minutes until kale is wilted, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Easy peasy!

And, just to make sure the oven still worked, and because it was a cold rainy day, pumpkin spice cookies:

Sorry, no recipe for those. Move along folks, nothing to see here. [insert innocent face here]

YJDKIY will tell you about the fantastic non-stick mat in the bottom of the oven that prevents me from ever having to clean it! Crumbs and boil-overs fall onto the mat instead of the bottom of the oven and it is cosmically impossible for them to stick to that thing. All I have to do to clean is take it out and shake it over the trash. If there is a little goo, a quick run under the faucet cleans it right up, or you can even throw it right in the dishwasher. The bottom of the oven looks as new as the cook top. For $26 instead of $226. gah.

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