Last Christmas, when Sweetie turned two-years old, she got the gift of her very own cooking and baking supplies. Rolling pin, muffin tins, and measuring cups & spoons. We began spending time in the kitchen together – where she could now “help (which usually meant her standing on a chair, wearing her apron, and eating some slices of fruit, while I made breads, muffins, and so on.)
Shortly thereafter our stove, an avacado green hand-me-down, decided it had had enough with the whole cooking thing. It gave up on the timer and clock shortly after we acquired it (and refurbished it with new burners) but was otherwise serviceable. But old age crept in and took one of the burners last summer. Since then we’ve been living with essentially 3 hotplates and a place to store the unusable baking pans, tins and cookie sheets.
Our toaster oven served us fairly well over the summer. It could easily handle dinners of fishsticks, French fries, popcorn shrimp, chicken and whatever else we couldn’t throw on the grill or in a skillet.
Now, the cooler nights, the changing seasons (and another attempt at cutting a few pounds) has me hankering for some fresh, home-baked breads, muffins and cookies, and with Sweetie nearly a year older she might be a little more helpful in the preparation. She just started to like watching the Food Network. She particularly loves to watch Emeril and Rachel Ray. Lucky for her, they seem to be on ALL the time, what with at least a dozen shows between them. I’m an Alton Brown man myself. But I admire her interest and, at the very least, this just may make Sweetie more excited to eat the foods we make together.
So, long story short, we went on down to Sears yesterday to get the newest edition to the kitchen. We called around to the discount outlets, and looked online (as well as the advance circulars to see the sales that are on the horizon – benefits of working for a newspaper) and wound up getting a great deal, with discounts and rebates, at good ol’ Sears. We’ve purchased all our big appliances there -the fridge three years ago and the dishwasher a year or so later. And now, a nice, sleek, smooth-top glass and ceramic, 5.4 cubic foot black range is on its way. A perfect compliment to the black granite counters I installed back when we yanked out the dishwasher. The only avacado left in this kitchen will be cut up and put into salads, and panini, but I digress.
Finally, we’ll have a room full of non-hand-me-downs. New and all under warranty!
Well, Sweetie, pull out that apron of yours, because in 5-7 days we’ll be baking up a storm. Muffins, peasant bread, and shortbread cookies with fresh fruit jam aplenty!