Sunday, November 26, 2006

Good Grief!

Appleton Estate V/X. Forty pounder. Today.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

A new toy

Yesterday, I continued my domestic blitz and brought home a new toaster oven. It's a model 1005 from KitchenAid. The formal model name is KCO1005OB. It comes in Onyx Black. I presume that's the trailing OB in the model name. Peculiarly, the company product page indicates that it is only available in Onyx Black. Over at an online seller's site, KitchenAid Countertop Oven - KCO1005 : Chefs Corner, there is evidently a red model — an Empire Red model. I would have bought that one had it been offered. Oh well. While it was more expensive than I'd like, I've had good experience with KitchenAid cookware so … Since unpacking it, I have used it twice. First to toast a cheese bagel which worked sufficiently well. That's the first piece of decently toasted bread I've had in a year and a half. (Not necessarily a credit to the oven of course. It's more a lament over the inability of restaurants to actually toast their bread.) Tonight I cooked a big meal. In the user guide, there are half a dozen recipes. One of them is for roasted vegetables. I didn't have all of them on hand — specifically the potatoes. So, I threw in a pile of celery, an onion and a pepper for 25 minutes while I cooked some ground beef, some sauce and pasta on the stovetop. Everything came out perfect. So far so good.