settling in

I cooked shabbos dinner from the slow cooker as there is disagreement over the readiness of the new stove. As we’re dealing with gas, I’m rather cautious.

I’m lightly kicking myself for giving my mum the large unwieldy crock pot when we saw her last Sunday. It would have made last night’s dinner much easier. I made Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes, Olives, Tuna and String Cheese except that I could only fit in about half of a half of squash. I peeled the rest of that half and placed it on top. It turned out quite yummy and actually just the right amount for the two of us. E didn’t mind it, but I don’t think I’ll attempt it in my 1.5 quart slow cooker again. It was quite a tight fit. I’ll probably also use real mozzarella next time .. I don’t find string cheese “easier”.

Please let me torture you with a little more about the appliances. The fridge is a few inches wider and about the same height. The new space we have inside is remarkable, not to mention full of nice new compartments and shelves which we haven’t had before. I’m loving it. The stove is from Italy and is 24" I can’t talk much about it yet. I know that all the burners *do* indeed light and that they are completely sealed (which makes me really happy) as does the grid on top is pretty topple-proof (the covers on the old stove weren’t really for that stove and always fell into the well, it made cooking an adventure). The broiler is “waist high” and there is a window & a light. No more contortions to broil something and I’ll be able to see what’s doing without opening the oven every two seconds. The dishwasher is 18" which will give us the ability to have a corner cabinet on the bottom. Which will mean I will store pots and some pans there instead of in the upper corner cabinet.

We ordered the flooring tonight. I almost titled this post, “if it’s evening it must be a trip to Lowes/Home Depot” but as I didn’t set foot in either store on Friday … We’ll be installing a nice dark stone looking floor which should arrive in two weeks. I’ll loose the kitchen again soon, but I really don’t think it will be the disaster I once thought. We still haven’t figured out a new sink or counter top, but those seem trivial and easy at this point. Hopefully I’ll be this calm while the project really is in full swing. I hope so.

Have a good week!

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  1. About that recipe – how long did you let it cook and at what temperature? I saw one comment about overcooked.

    (And do you have any thoughts on baking in the oven instead?)

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