What’s Cookin?

December 3, 2008

After lots of research, Consumer Reports browsing (my dad has an account) and discussion, we decided to buy a new stove! We estimated that it would cost us almost the same amount to replace the ceramic top after parts, labor and “home visit fees” as it would buy a new one (actually, had we gone with a basic model we could have gotten one for less than the repair estimate). I went to the Sears Outlet near our house on the way back from Organic and found one – a stainless one (!) – for a great deal. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s pretty. So as of tomorrow, we should have a new stove. Of course I wish this hadn’t happened because the cost is a lot to swallow, but it is kind of exciting to get a new stove out of a bad situation.


I didn’t have much time to breathe, though, because my friend Victoria and I had (have) lots of Organic studying to do. As soon as I got home we got to work – right through lunch. The husband made a quick appearance in between his jobs and we made our lunches together but he left us to study. OH YEAH – cereal held me over beautifully!!! Great to know :) I was never full full, but never hungry this morning. I just started to get hungry around 11:30 and was ready to eat by 12:30 = 5 hours!

For lunch I made an open-faced Turkey + Pumpkin Butter Sam-wich on GH High Five bread


Plus carrots + PB



And an Oikos with pom and a little crumbled Cran-Lemon Country Square



I was plenty full after lunch but I’m feeling a little empty now (3:30). I’m having some tea. I am planning an early dinner before my Micro Lab test at 6pm tonight. Because I’m slammed with tests, I’m taking today off of GOTR but will be going to our last practice/party on Monday instead. I’m dining at EarthFare tonight since I’m scared to use the stove or oven, want something more than lunch-y foods and want to see my husband for more than 5 minutes today! Hopefully tomorrow night we can cook up a storm on the stove :)


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1 zestycook December 3, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Kath, Congrats on the new stove. Looks awesome. Lunch looks great. Good luck on your test.



2 BethT December 3, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Isn’t it sad that you can buy a NEW stove for the cost of parts and labor on the old one?!?! Oh well, it’s for the best!


3 Kath December 3, 2008 at 3:37 pm

BethT ,
Yes, I feel so wasteful :( But hopefully when they take it away they will either refurbish or donate the metal to be recycled.



4 halie December 3, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Way to make the best out of a bad situation! Congrats on a new stove! Hope studying/micro lab test goes well!


5 Julie December 3, 2008 at 3:41 pm

It stinks that you have to get a new stove, but it’s for the best. Think of it as an early Christmas present for you and the hub.

I’m intrigued by the pumpkin butter/turkey combo. I wonder if it would be good with chicken? hmm.


6 Tina December 3, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Glad to hear it all worked out! Yay, new stove!!! Can’t wait to see the first batch of oats! :)


7 Audrey December 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm

HEY, that’s my stove! haha…it works great, enjoy!


8 amanda December 3, 2008 at 3:46 pm

it’s definitely a positive in the long run…
new stove + oven = fun culinary adventures. enjoy!


9 Betsy in Pittsburgh December 3, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Hey at least you have a house where you can have whatever stove you want. Living in an apartment you’re stuck with whatever they give you!


10 Trish December 3, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Hi Kath (or anyone that has gotten a massage before),

Do you tip the person that gives you the massage? After reading about your massage and being so jealous, I decided I would treat myself to one.


11 Christy December 3, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Congrats on the speedy stove replacement! Quick question that you have probably already answered…where do you get pomegranate seeds? Do you cut them out yourself? It’s so messy and tedious that I shy away from this wonderful fruit. Any suggestions? Thanks!


12 Biz December 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Awesome on the new stove! I have an electric stove and would give my left food for a gas one! I haven’t had a gas stove in 8 years!

Good job!


13 Stephanie December 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Okay, you’ve convinced me. Tonight I will be purchasing a few different types of ‘butter’. Pumpkin and Almond at least. They just look so GOOD on everything!

What exactly is pom?? I supposed I could just google it, hehe.

How EXCITING, about the new stove!


14 Runeatrepeat December 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Trish, yes I tip the masseuse, but I think some spas have tipping policies so you can ask when you get there or call ahead.


15 VeggieGirl December 3, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Great stove choice!!

Good luck with the test!!


16 Moran December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm

That’s a good choice Kath. I know its a pain to spend money on that but at least its new and you can pretty much guarantee it would work for next couple of years (I hope …?)


17 Grounded Fitness December 3, 2008 at 4:21 pm

aw, that sucks about your stove. I put a coffee mug down today and it shattered- i just kind of hit it wrong. atleast no one got hurt. and new appliances is like Christmas coming early!

Kelly Turner


18 Sarah December 3, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Wow, what a beautiful stove, congrats! I’m sure it will be worth the investment!


19 Maggie December 3, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Cool new stove :) It does stink that for so many things it’s cheaper to just buy a new one than to get it fixed though.

Have fun studying!


20 Ellen December 3, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Good idea on buying a whole new stove! I am wondering though, if you’ve considered a gas stovetop? I miss my old one so much, and I’m always interested in hearing the pros/cons about the different types.


21 Shelby December 3, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Yay for a new stove!!!


22 Erica December 3, 2008 at 4:34 pm

yayyy for a new stove- looks beautiful 😉 Lunch looks fab too! Love that butter! Good luck on your test tonight gal!


23 Jennifer December 3, 2008 at 4:34 pm

PB on carrots ::shudder:: But I am curious where did you come up with that idea? The sammy idea looks yummy though.

Am I the only one that can’t stand Oikos? I heart the Fage and like Chobani but Oikos turns my stomach.


24 Faye December 3, 2008 at 4:41 pm

I too am wondering about the turkey/pumpkin butter concept… I guess it’s a little sweet like cranberry sauce??? BTW, I love carrots and peanut butter! Go on chowhound.com and there are peanut butter threads that go on for pages! Peanut butter goes with almost everything. In college, we posted up a list of foods that we wanted to try with peanut butter. Peanut butter and bacon anyone?


25 Sally December 3, 2008 at 4:43 pm

I love peanut butter and bacon!

Good luck on your Micro exam, Kath!


26 Oh She Glows December 3, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Thats the same stove we had in our condo!!! :)
It worked just fine :)



27 Mel December 3, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Yay for a new stove! I’m so jealous, I want one so bad.


28 Rach December 3, 2008 at 5:05 pm

So, I know I’m really late with this comment, but I was looking at your logo and bumper sticker designs from a day or so ago, and I really like them. Are you planning on using those? If so, you may want to match the fonts on those to the header you have on your blog (or vice versa). I think the continuity would look really good, particularly since the colors match.


29 Erin December 3, 2008 at 5:08 pm

That’s gorgeous! It looks like ours – GE Profile?
I like the picture with your lunch on the book. :) Very pretty.


30 K December 3, 2008 at 5:08 pm

How fun! A new stove 😀

Enjoy your EF dinner and good luck on the test!


31 Rose December 3, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Glad you found a stove to purchase! Hope it isn’t too costly :(


32 Allison K December 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I don’t know if you and The Husband have the transportation means to take the stove away yourself, but if you have a recycling center in your area, you would for sure be able to recycle it, and even get some money back. My husband is a little obsessed with recycling (he works for Pacific Steel and Recycling) so our garage kind of turns into a scrap metal graveyard every couple of months, until we make a trip to the recycling plant.
Just an FYI about recycling appliances.


33 ashley (sweet & natural) December 3, 2008 at 5:29 pm

I think I’m going to try my hand at some pumpkin butter soon. I think a maple syrup version would be awesome!


34 Megan December 3, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Turkey and pumpkin butter! YUM!

It will be nice to have a new stove!


35 Nellie December 3, 2008 at 5:51 pm

new appliances are always so much fun! enjoy!


36 Maria December 3, 2008 at 5:53 pm

I LOVE Kashi Good Friends! Maybe even more than H2H…

I’m glad you got a good deal on the stove– we have to get a new one, too, as the oven door literally just fell off a few days ago. I opened it to put in a tray of pumpkin cinnamon rolls, and the door just crashed onto the floor. Bummer.

Luckily, the neighbors let me use their oven so the cinnamon rolls didn’t go to waste. :)


37 Kerry December 3, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Good Luck on your test!


38 Heather December 3, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Just curious, is that turkey left over from Thanksgiving? I’ve read that it should be used within 3-4 days, after that it’s not safe to use. Not trying to start anything, just don’t want you to get sick!


39 Fitness Surfer December 3, 2008 at 6:16 pm

All that peanut butter is making me hungry. I’m due for a snack. I think I’ll have peanut butter and celery. Thanks for helping me eat healthier.


40 Christina December 3, 2008 at 6:16 pm

Aw, sorry about the stove, but your new one does look really pretty! (Did you name it yet? =p)

Turkey and pumpkin butter sounds great together.

Good luck on your test!


41 Krista December 3, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Nice stove! I bet you’ll be glad to be able to cook again tomorrow!


42 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) December 3, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Hey Kath, have fun with the new stove!!


43 Amy December 3, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Hi — I wanted to let you know about an event I am starting on my blog From the French Kitchen (thefrenchkitchen.wordpress.com). I’ll be “touring” other food and cooking blogs, interviewing the blogger, and making 3 to 4 of your favorite recipes from your blog. I hope you’ll take a look at the information and submit a form to be considered for a “stop” on the tour! Tour Information: tourblogsadmin.wordpress.com



44 sarah December 3, 2008 at 6:58 pm

congrats on the stove! i am lusting after a gas range someday. i don’t know why, i just like the little flames!

i am quite excited to see the pumpkin butter/turkey combo become a standby around your blog . . . did my sandwich inspire this combo, or had you already thought of it?

as for whoever had a question about the massage, it’s normal to tip, just like for a hairstylist or manicurist or whatever. i usually give 15-20%.


45 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) December 3, 2008 at 7:12 pm

Hey Kath,
We have all stainless steel appliances, and I had the hardest time getting them clean. The best product is Stainless Steel Magic, and you can purchase it at Home Depot. It’s the ONLY thing that works to get the smudges and streaks off our fridge. Love it!


46 Sidi December 3, 2008 at 7:26 pm

What a shame to cost you more to replace the ceramic than buying a new stove. Consume, consume, consume, there’s no environmental support. The same thing happens to many things, take the coffee machine, for example, if you break the mug and want to replace it it costs more than buying a new coffee machine.
I love your new stove! Stainless steel is what I like most. 😉


47 Jen December 3, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Hi Kath! I’ve been lurking and I figured it was about time to say hi! I’m so glad I found your blog. I love reading about all your yummy food!

What prompted me to post today was – peanut butter and carrots?! Is it good? I LOVE my natural peanut butter…I’ll have to try it.

I also noticed your mention of GOTR. I’m a coach – we had our final party today!


48 Mara December 3, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Congrats on the new stove!! You should come up with something fantastic to christen it with!

I honestly thought for a minute there that when you said “coming home from Organic” you meant some fancy organic market! HA!


49 Kath December 3, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Christy ,
I buy the fruit. Do you know about the underwater method? It’s quick and easy and not messy!


Biz ,
I actually prefer a flat-top stove!! We had gas at our apartment and there was NOTHING more annoying than cleaning those grates day in and day out. UGGG. I love just wiping the stove clean.

Jennifer ,
Shudder? I got the idea from Gliding Calm. It’s a fabulous combo.

Rach ,
Thanks for the suggestion. We did start off using the header font, but it just looked spooky! I think with the colors being the same it will look streamlined enough. Now I just have to figure out what to do with them – after my exams are finished!

Erin ,
It’s Kenmore.

Allison K,
Sears is taking it away when they bring the new one (we just have Hondas – no means to move it ourselves). Hopefully they will re-use and recycle.

Heather ,
yeah, it is. Guess I should nuke it first.

Amy ,
Sounds cool! I’ll have to wait until after exams are over to submit something. Hope that works!

Heather McD,
Thanks for the tip!

Jen ,
Welcome!!! It’s an awesome combo since carrots are naturally slightly sweet.



50 gina (fitnessista) December 3, 2008 at 9:46 pm

i have the EXACT same stove. and a love it– hopefully you will too 😀
i wanted to say thanks for getting back to my email so quickly!
have a relaxing night!


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