Monday, October 22, 2012

Crock Pot and Kitchen Appliances

Here we are, another week without a kitchen.  The crock pot is becoming a dear friend of mine.

Pineapple Chicken with Rice from Kath Eats

Josh "This is good, you should make it again."
Me "OK"
Josh "This is really good, you should make it again...like tomorrow"

This dish was so well liked by Josh that I am making it again for him tomorrow.  haha  And by tomorrow I don't mean the day after I first made it.  Luckily he was able to wait a week!  I don't think I have every seen him eat so much food in one sitting.  I was going to put the leftovers in a container for lunch the next day, but he said he would finish it...Here's to hoping he likes it just as much tomorrow.

Venison Guinness Stew adapted from Baked By Rachel 

Originally a beef stew recipe, but we had some venison in the freezer, so I used it up.  I wasn't too crazy about this dish.  Thought it was lacking something.  Josh said it reminded him of deer camp.

Taco Soup from Peas and Thank You

Made this along with cornbread in a skillet.  For the cornbread, I used 2 Jiffy Cornbreads (including all ingredients in the directions) along with a can of corn.  This was delicious and would be my pick for best meal of the week.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole from Peas and Thank You

Wowza!  Talk about cheese!  I think this dish needed more broccoli or a pasta or something.  Not complaining about the cheese taste of course, just wonder what the nutritional value is with a dish like this....

And now for the exciting news!!  We have new kitchen appliances.  They came last Thursday and while they are all working, we are not necessarily done with the installation.

Here is what we ended up getting:
Sharp KB-6524PS 24-Inch Microwave Drawer Oven, Stainless
I will have to post a video of this baby in action.  Here we are microwaving a spaghetti squash.

GE Profile PHS925STSS 30" Slide In Induction Range
 Fancy, eh?  Behold...an oven that actually works!!!
We bought this one without even seeing it in person.  I am happy with it.  There aren't many induction ranges on the market, and a few of the ones that are look quite ugly.

Kitchenaid KUDE70FXSS Superba Series EQ Dishwasher
 There are dishes in the dishwasher and not in the utility sink!!

There you have it - the 3 new additions to the family.  We purchased the dishwasher and range from Witbeck in West Bloomfield.  Our first visit we were met by a guy who didn't know anything about any appliance in the store, but the second time we went back we found a very knowledgeable guy who gave us a great deal on the appliances and made us feel comfortable with our purchases.  I recommend this place.  Don't think that just because they are a fancy appliance store that they can't get you a good deal on an appliance.  The microwave we got off of Amazon.

So far I couldn't be happier with the kitchen!  We have come a long way.  It doesn't take much to top the old kitchen, and especially appliances, that we used to have...

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