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February 6th, 2005

the stove needs a seventh button... @ 09:00 pm

Mood: cheerful cheerful
Music: Superbowl that Dave's watching.

Installed the aux-input-adapter in the truck this afternoon, the instructions from Crutchfield were stellarly good and the install was fairly easy. I can now play my MP3s in the truck and there is room for another device on the adapter. [grin]

...so, you are probably sayin', what has all that got to do with the stove and another heat setting?

Ok, I'll tell you because you asked so nicely. :-)

I went for a ride to Long Branch, NJ after finishing up the install of the adapter box to listen to some music and enjoy the unseasonably warm weather (49 degF) we've had the last two days.

Soda from lunch in the cupholder, magazines in a box in the back seat of the truck, No!... Not that kind of magazines this trip. heh!

Parked along the road leading to Seven President's Ocean Front Park in Long Branch and rolled down the windows to listen to the surf.

...so, you are probably sayin', what has all that got to do with the stove and another heat setting?

Patience, Patience, please, I'm getting there.

On the way home I needed to go and pee and went into the park only to find the bathrooms, near the parking area that was open, were closed and had signs up saying that the heated bathrooms 200 yards to the south, in the octagonal building, were open. OK, walk or drive, turned out to be both actually, drove over the the octagonal building to find that the bathrooms were open and that there was no parking nearby.


Drove back to the parking lot that I was in when I checked out the previous bathrooms, but parked closer. Walk to the heated bathrooms, not so far this time. The bathrooms were nicely clean and fresh smelling [grin] Did what I needed to do and headed back to the truck.

I noticed a pleasant smell in the air coming from the dunes, lightly eucalyptus-y, which made me start thinking about food. I have no idea why the pleasant smell started me thinking about food, but I got back to the truck and headed to the Shop Right supermarket to pick up the fixings for Gimixtie, I'll update my webpage to include the recipe later, but, here is the basic recipe:

    From Mom...
    Gimixtie, a staple from growing up years.
  • 1.25# 85% lean ground beef seasoned, browned and drain off fat.
  • 2@8oz Hunts tomato sauce.
  • 1 can 15.5oz red kidney beans in broth, dump the whole can contents in to the simmer pot (if you double the recipe, use one can red and one can dark red kidney beans).
  • 1 can Campbell's condensed tomato soup & 1/3 can warm water, swish water around all cans to get all the good stuff out, then pour into the simmer pot.
  • combine and simmer for approx 1.5 to 2 hours
  • season to taste, avoid adding salt if you can.
  • serve over medium dittelini pasta

OK, simmering a double batch of the above recipe and sturring about every 7 to 10 minutes to keep it from burning isn't easy when you need a seventh button on your electric stove, because the WarM setting is a little too low and the LOw setting is a little too high...
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Date:February 7th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
OK..so now I have to try this recipie! Sounds yummy!

You also just helped me figure out where the Sunday I wanted went to, since I didn't get it - it wound up in your lap. Which I guess is ok, since it was a friend who got it. :)

BTW..congrats on a really nice, stream-of-consciousness, non-techie post. *wink*

Love ya.
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Date:February 7th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC)
Please cook that for me!
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Date:February 7th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
How are you doing?

Cook, yeah, no problem...
Date:February 7th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
It took me a long time to get used to our new stove. It was the first one I've had with the radiant cooktop. Paul is still learning though as he still manages to test the smoke detectors a lot...lol
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Date:February 8th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)

testing smoke detectors, etc... AKA: cooking

After I moved in, it took a couple of weeks to get used to cooking on electric. I still tend to start off cooking too slowly, but atleast it keeps stuff from burning.

I found that having a trivet on the stove at all times makes for far fewer burned meals and pots & pans.

I grew up in a house that had gas cooking and this apartment is All Electric. It was great, something is cooking too fast, no problem turn down the flame and the heat went down quickly.

We use electric for cooking, water heating and environment, actually we tend to heat up the attic crawlspace, we have electric coils in the ceiling and we're the upstairs apartment of a garden apartment 2-up, 2-down arrangement. The folks downstairs have a remodeled apartment, they have electric baseboard heating, which I guess is a little more economical, but they can't put anything too close to the windows in any of their rooms so as to not block the baseboard and cause a fire hazard.

The utility company must LOVE us [ grin ].

Odd, I would imagine that a radiant cooktop has fairly low thermal mass and would cool off rather quickly. Ah, unless the problem is turning it up too high and forgetting about it.

Thanks!! Come to think about it we need to check our smoke detectors...

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