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Comment by Randall Smith on February 17, 2014 at 7:14am

When I lost power the other day, I "grilled" in the basement by placing hot coals (from my wood burner) into a bucket, and put some turkey sausages on a grate to cook. Worked for me!

And for Joan, the pie turned out fabulous. The apples sort of carmelized. My crust was a little tough, however.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 16, 2014 at 7:34pm

Oh, you people are making my mouth water with all this food talk and beautiful displays of your finished products. 

Randall, your apple/pecan pie sounds delicious. How'd it turn out? I didn't bake pies all last year, maybe this year I will get back into the swing of things. 

Pat, you breakfast frittata looks perfectly done and in a cherished cast iron skillet. Did it come out easily?

I have never used a convection oven. I have electric and my daughter and granddaughter have propane, I think it is. They have huge tanks outside their homes. I had a little trouble learning how to use the heat. Kept burning things, and never did get a nice slow simmer. I will take one of those iron plates to calm down the heat a bit next time I go there.   

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 16, 2014 at 2:29pm

Pat, I like the idea of adding eggs to the fritatta!  I wish I thought of that!

Not to mention, using a cast iron skillet.  next weekend....

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 16, 2014 at 1:54pm

I use the microwave as much as possible because it's more efficient.  This year, I plan on plumbing a natural gas line to the kitchen and replacing my old electric range with a gas one I have stored in the garage.  That should save some money also.

I've never used gas before, but I get the idea it's easier to control the temperature and faster heating.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 16, 2014 at 1:48pm

Nice looking dish Pat.

Comment by Pat on February 16, 2014 at 1:38pm

Breakfast frittata with chorizo, peppers, onions, tomatoes, cheese and of course, eggs.

Comment by Patricia on February 16, 2014 at 1:34pm

Thanks some for may take awhile for us to get past the border.......hahahaha!!!

I use the microwave & the countertop oven/convection all the time. Since it's just the two of us now, there's not much point in heating the big oven for small meals. I use the big oven for baking bread, cookies, turkey, but the small one for everything else. I turn the convection on, or not, depending on what I'm doing.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 16, 2014 at 12:23pm

My convection oven is part of the gas range, not a separate counter-top appliance, so I don't have a choice.  It doesn't bake/roast much faster than a standard oven, but it does cook at a lower temperature.  The fan runs all the time that it's on, so it doesn't save electricity...just gas.  BUT you don't have to pre-heat it.

The most difficult, touchy thing is baking cakes, but I haven't done anything that delicate in years...

Actually, I haven't done much of anything in years except bake cookies now and then. 

I'm thinking seriously about making Turkey (or Chicken) Tetrazzini with tons of bell peppers and Tillamook cheese.  (I'm just not very fond of cooking the linguine ...maybe I'll substitute brown rice for that.)

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 16, 2014 at 10:12am

Like Spud, thanks from me too!  I've really been enjoying talking about food and it has inspired me to try new things and enjoy life more.

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 16, 2014 at 8:41am

Everyone is invited over for some corn bread and chili! 

For some reason, I don't use our convection oven.  Maybe its the season.  It would be good in summer, doesn't heat up the house.

My grandfather had  a shed in the back yard, with a stove, sink, cabinets.  They cooked there in the summer.  They referred to that as their summer kitchen.  I imagine there were not grills back then.  Also no air conditioning.  Both my parents and grandparents had children late, so my grandparents' time was lat 19th / early 20th century.


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