Farm Life: What Ya Got Cooking?

IMG_3068When we lived in town, we rarely used our dishwasher.  Hand washing worked fine for most of what we dirtied.   One day it died.  We let it be, until we prepared to move, at which point we had it replaced.  In the meantime, Linda happened to mentioned to her brother that our dishwasher was not working.  He asked, “What happened to Oscar… Did he break his arm?”  We are not big on appliances.  The basics do for us.  Refrigerator & freezers, wash machine & dryer (occasionally), microwave oven, range tops.  A couple of years ago our stove went “Poof”.  The broiler element still worked, which was sufficient for toasting things when we needed.  This winter one of the range units went “Poof”.  We made it through the winter, but with Canning Season approaching it was time to replace the stove.

P1070323We have a down-drafting stove, so our options for replacement were… Jenn-Air.  Our stove is 30″ wide.  Not much discussion, other than black or chrome, and who around here sells and install these.  We found Spicher’s Appliances in Winchester.  One Friday, we drove down the Valley from work, walked it, talked the sales rep about the options, and in a half-hour had our delivery date set.

Rural areas have to rely on when the truck comes our way.  That turned out to be Tuesday or Friday mornings.  I took the morning off from work.  The first step was moving all unnecessary items away from the stove and adjoining cabinets.  Dust bunnies began running, thus vacuuming was in order.  Then I waited for the crew to arrive.

P1070325The delivery truck arrived about 10 minutes before the installation guy.  I stayed out of the way, unless they asked for something.  Some tilting and yanking removed the old stove.  The new stove was slightly less deep, so I sought out a board that I could cut down to 30 1/4″ long and 6 1/2″ wide to fill in the gap behind the stove.  Back to my side-line location with the dogs, while the installer finished his work.

P1070328By lunch time, the delivery guys had headed back down the driveway and the installation guy was making sure cats had not taken a nap in the truck.  I ran the vacuum around again for installation dust.  Otherwise, we were ready to get cooking.  Well, we did not christen our new stove with some yumming-oohy-gooey cake or pie.  No, we made yogurt.  Too many new buttons to figure out first before heating up the oven space.  Anyway, a heat wave has come our way.  Who would run an oven when it is 90F outside?

P1070330Time to put on Hank William’s, “Hey, good lookin’, Whatcha got cookin’? Why don’t you cook something up with me?”  One more project ticked off the list for this year.


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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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8 Responses to Farm Life: What Ya Got Cooking?

  1. Barneysday says:

    We did new appliances during our buying/renovation process. The Old were so disgusting, there was no question. About a year later, we pulled out the dishwasher, which we had never used, and put in a glass door cabinet, which we use every day. As for the current dishwasher, well lets just say I’d better not get “hurt” in the shop.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      So many of the pots/pans/dishes we use would not go into the dishwasher anyway, we would rather use the cubit footage for other items. Good idea to make the space a cabinet. Did you build any of the cabinets in your workshop? Be safe in your workshop. Power tools move faster than our reflexes. Even hammers have more force that our thumbs and fingers can withstand.

  2. cindy knoke says:

    You created a wonderful kitchen!

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Thanks. We enjoy our time there. I do not show the layout in the photos, but the kitchen open onto the living room, only separated by the line between the tile and wood floor. One of these days, I wlll get around to posting some building project descriptions of what & why we created the living space we have.

  3. Pretty snazzy looking stove! Been grumbling about my stove lately – has to be 20 plus years old and the elements have only two speeds these days – hot and off! Enjoy your new one.

  4. The Vicar says:

    and I thought you would just heat your steamed broccoli on the wood burning stove once the range went out. Looks like this one will last for a good while. Way to “use it up, make do, wear it out…. but not do with out”!

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