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  1. Angela D.
    March 7, 2018 @ 11:20 am

    Oh, dear me—I think I fall under the classifications of both “romantic” and “drama queen!” 👑 Heaven help me, it’s a lot to manage! Based on all of your painstaking research, I think I will be Team Induction on my stove replacement. Thanks, Victoria! 😘

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  2. Scottie
    March 7, 2018 @ 11:28 am

    Now you’ve done it…I’ve always been a gas stove girl…(whose husband does all the cooking, and for a not-cooking girl, I have OPINIONS on kitchens). We’re in the process of selling the farm and moving to an even bigger farm with a house built in 1812 (swoon) and it just so happens to need a kitchen. Hooray for me! I’ll have to do more research on the induction thing. We too have outages but we also have a wood stove, so we can cook on that too…

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    • Tammy
      March 7, 2018 @ 7:49 pm

      As a fellow non-cooking gal, this whole topic makes me faint. Cant I just have nice woodwork and finished in a room and call it a “kitchen”…oh yes, because the 6’3” large man I have chose to align myself with insists on eating numerous times a day – when Im ok with bread and coffee.

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  3. Sharyl Murphy
    March 7, 2018 @ 11:38 am

    If they oils are not pure. I.e don’t try to save money on cheapies here…and you use them in a diffuser they can be very toxic to your pets.

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  4. Lauren
    March 7, 2018 @ 11:38 am

    omg the essential oils and pets! your bff is right! if anyone does not take your word for it they need to google it for themselves.

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  5. Allie
    March 7, 2018 @ 11:39 am

    I’m with you – almost nothing outweighs ease of cleaning in the kitchen. I’m pretty sure the bad place involves a stove and endless burned on starch water. Can’t wait to see the fridge! xAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

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  6. Bernie
    March 7, 2018 @ 11:40 am

    Yea!!! I was one who “voted” for non set in, black cooktop, on slate counters. Sign me “Feeling smug in Florida”

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    • Becky Schneider
      March 7, 2018 @ 9:16 pm

      Ditto- “feeling smug in Cincinnati”

      And I love your posts and I’m so glad we’re in agreement on this.

      And- If you want to talk countertops- I think you’d be amazed with the beauty and ease of quartz.

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  7. Judie ferguson
    March 7, 2018 @ 11:40 am

    Essential oils killed my friends cat… 😞

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  8. Robyn Beagle
    March 7, 2018 @ 11:45 am

    Essential oils are very toxic to cats and it’s CUMULATIVE, so you may not know until too late that your animal is affected. http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/blog/essential-oils-cats/

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    • Tawnya
      March 9, 2018 @ 3:21 am

      oh dear me… I use the plug ins exclusively with cinnamon scents, or the wax warmers with cinnamon, because i LOVE the smell. But this may explain the things my cats have had issues with for ages. I keep changing their food thinking it’s an allergy irritating them but maybe its the cinnamon. Now I have to find a scent I like that doesn’t affect them. My only other choice would have been something citrus but it’s apparently bad too. Ack.

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  9. Tiffany
    March 7, 2018 @ 11:47 am

    I think you just converted me. Clean up and safety! This “poor” is going to get an induction when my current top goes out. I currently have a glass top that I hate, do to the clean up and lack of flames. But, like you said, I love the idea of walking into a room and wondering, “What is this room for?” One of your pictures I thought, “What a beautiful bathroom!” then I looked and noticed it was a kitchen with an induction top. Genius, but I might still want both in my “poor” dreams of the perfect kitchen, or dream of two kitchens; one at my pretend cabin with a gas range and then my practical beautiful every day kitchen.

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  10. Andrea
    March 7, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    You are my spirit animal. Or I am yours? I hate cooking. I hate cleaning. I love eating, and keeping my husband alive is a priority. I also super love my black induction stovetop. But I write to you to let you know that a black stovetop still looks discrete, if not lovely, in perfect white quartz countertops with white cabinets. I will send you a picture if you need it.

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  11. Judy
    March 7, 2018 @ 11:52 am

    Why do you torture me with so many pictures of stunning kitchens? I didn’t think I was an especially envious person, but for some reason, these pictures make me so sad for the kitchen (life?) I will never have. Having said that, don’t stop using them in your blog. I love your taste and look forward to every post. Bigly Fan

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  12. Patricia
    March 7, 2018 @ 12:09 pm

    Just in case you ever want to make risotto again without the smoke vs fire drama, try Ina Garten’s oven risotto. I’d link it but I broke my right arm and my skills are severely limited. Just google it. You can thank me later.

    I make this when I’m having dinner parties and it’s all of the flavor without standing over a sweaty stove.

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  13. Erin
    March 7, 2018 @ 12:09 pm

    My mother forwarded me your post! I do enjoy you blog and this one is no exception. I am INDUCTION COOKTOP FREAK!!! I first used one when my family and I were living in Munich, Germany- wear induction is Huge. As I don’t have wads of cash, but like nice cookware I had already assembled a nice collection All Clad cookware via TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods… some even the fabulous Copper Clad pieces (it made my heart sing to find they’d price the copper clad same as the aluminum clad- chaching! Score!!) So, I already had induction ready cookware. Now, to say I was pleased at how fast it is to cook on induction would be wrong.. I was THRILLED at how much less time I spent in the kitchen. When we returned the USA (where people have no clue what induction is) we bought a house with a gas range- the seller thought the house would sell faster with new countertops and snazzy new fire breathing death trap- I saw the counters and went ehh ok, I saw the stove and went, Hell No. I’d never used a gas range, but as we live in the south and air conditioning cost money I wasn’t thrilled at my kitchen being the hottest room in my house at dinner time. Sure, the food was getting cooked, but so was I. After a couple of months of torture (remember I was already going into withdrawals from my cooktop in Munich) I needed to find the money to buy a new cooktop. Induction was my crack and I needed a fix Big Time. So, the gas range went on Craigslist and sold, for really good money, and a shiny new induction cooktop was installed.

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  14. candace
    March 7, 2018 @ 12:12 pm

    I hope you held out for the gazillion dollar refrigerator because as I said, you are worth it.

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  15. Lisa Garber
    March 7, 2018 @ 12:13 pm

    Mrs. Professional Skeptic here: Imma need some documentation about the “essential oils and cats” issue.
    Also: TEASE us about “we got a new fridge” but no info, no pic? Cruel, Victoria. Very cruel. This Lansdowne girl (well, born there and lived there til I was 5) may hafta smack someone.

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  16. Darling Lily
    March 7, 2018 @ 12:16 pm

    I’m still #TeamGas, but I think you will do much better on #TeamInduction than I did. And I truly cannot wait til you’re done. Paul is probably the only other person who is readier than I to see it in all its final Giant Fancy Magnificence!

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  17. judy
    March 7, 2018 @ 12:29 pm

    You are the only writer online that makes me laugh out loud. Why does your inestimable talent not raise you into the stratosphere of RICH RICH RICH. You are devoting way too much time to cook tops and countertops- that lets face it are pretty and functional but have no historical significance in this weird Universe. Call your agent immediately and get booked on an Elvis revival with stand up comedy,dancing and pets for adoption or foster. I will buy multiple tickets and fly wherever the venue and I DON’T FLY! Write on dear Lady-You light up my (presently) angst ridden existence.

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  18. Ross
    March 7, 2018 @ 12:32 pm

    NOTHING WAS ON FIRE IT JUST SEEMED THAT WAY BECAUSE OF THE SMOKE.

    This made me laugh.

    I love your writing.

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  19. Kathleen
    March 7, 2018 @ 12:40 pm

    Induction is not for me. The broken cracked glass was enounh let alone easilly discolored. Not a drama queen but food seems to cook better on open flame than electric or induction. So im still modern but keeping gas.

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    • Nan
      March 9, 2018 @ 8:04 pm

      Yup. Someone bumped a dish against the edge of ours, and cracked it beyond repair. (Culprit still has not fessed up…). Gas, all the way! I guess I fall under “romantic”.

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  20. Shirley Wong
    March 7, 2018 @ 12:50 pm

    I’m with Ross. I LOVE your writing.

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  21. Caroline
    March 7, 2018 @ 1:15 pm

    I’m with team gas still, although my dream stove is a big 4-oven AGA cooker with the warming plate at the side (speaking of giant fancy things!!!). Cooked on one for several years and loved it, but will never be able to afford one. So I make do with a dual fuel range (gas top, electric oven).

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  22. Julie Anne
    March 7, 2018 @ 1:18 pm

    I’m a gas stove girl simply because that’s what I know. Well, that and the fact that we are a family that is hard on everything and it would take roughly two days for one of us to accidentally kill an induction top.

    That said, bravo on the black with slate! We have black with looks-like-slate-quartz* and people ooooh and ahhh every time they see it. It’s so much more soothing than white, white, blinding white.

    * I did not have access to recycled slate at the time and I had already *destroyed* the budget while looking at tile.

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  23. Kelly
    March 7, 2018 @ 1:57 pm

    “Many people felt that induction was visually too “modern”… and were SURPRISED I’d even consider it.”

    *inserts pic of wood stove in desolate hovel*

    LOL! You just crack me up.

    You had me laughing too (and reading this part aloud to my hubby) about only cooking to keep Paul alive into his hundreds as punishment for what he did in a past life. Oh my goodness.

    I say if Induction is what you prefer, go for it!

    I’m also hanging off a cliff until you reveal what fridge you got! So curious!

    p.s. – you pull out the most inspiring, beautiful kitchen pictures!

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  24. Debbie
    March 7, 2018 @ 2:19 pm

    We have a house built in 1858, nothing fancy, just a brick cape cod German farmhouse. We put in induction, and I will never go back. Easy to clean is the biggest perk, but also that all my favorite cookware is compatible. I have all All-Clad copper core cookware, and LeCreuset, and they all work. The only thing that will not work is copper, and you can buy an induction plate to make that happen too. Anyone who hasn’t used induction cannot possibly comment on how it’s not as good as gas. Try them both, but induction is so much nicer and fine tuned.

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  25. Nikki
    March 7, 2018 @ 2:28 pm

    E.O.s are definitely no-nos for pets. A friend of mine had a sick little boy, and when running a diffuser for his congestion (it had tea tree oil in it), her dog had multiple seizures. Never had any episodes before, and has never had them since.

    You do you on the cooktop. Every choice you’ve made thus far has been *beautiful* and I don’t see you lowering your standards anytime soon!

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  26. Jennifer C.
    March 7, 2018 @ 2:39 pm

    I am definitely a gas range person. I like the idea of the induction range for the ease of cleaning and cool surface, but I think it would be too fragile. I know if it was scratched it would bother me endlessly. FOREVER…until I replaced it.
    I agree with you 100% about range hoods, HATE them. I have a 48 inch blue star range, and a hood for that would be massive, and hideous. I have been looking into a downdraft range by the company Best. It isn’t the least expensive, but it gives me the option of having it vent underneath the floor. I am considering the recirculating option (I can’t vent to the outside of the house) but, rather than having it vent at the kickplate (of a neighboring cabinet ) I’m considering setting it underneath the floor to vent into the basement. I checked with the company and they couldn’t see why not, it’s my business if the basement smells like dinner.

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    • Kathleen
      March 8, 2018 @ 12:49 am

      Jennifer…I used to have a down venting stove top. It was great and no smells. The first one I had drew too much air over a grill insert so things did not cook well when grilled but second one was whisper quiet, no smells and did just fine (push button to raise the vent)….I never had a hood in 30 years till my last remodel where I moved cooktop off the island and to a wall, got gas range and hood…the hood works fine but does take space and is, well, a hood. But I love the extra lighting in it direct over range for my old eyes.

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  27. Cassie
    March 7, 2018 @ 3:14 pm

    Everything about this & your view points crack me up! I’ve already have a list of friends to share this with & I can’t wait to hear them snort/laugh about all that you have to say! Good read! You’re a very funny lady! Also, looking further in to induction now!

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  28. Elise
    March 7, 2018 @ 3:29 pm

    Thank you for doing all the research so I don’t have to! We currently have an electric stove with the coils – yes, the visible coils, the bottom-of-the-barrel stove. When our stove from the 1970’s (coils AND it was avocado green!) finally gave up the ghost, I got the cheapest replacement I could find until we could remodel the kitchen. And here’s a shocker – it cooks food just fine! (At least the stuff we cook.)

    Even though I’d done a ton of research (be still my heart when I see all the colors available for a Blue Star) and thought I had settled on gas, I do NOT want a range hood. But I hadn’t considered that you need a hood to vent scary gas. Soooo, induction may be the way to go for us! If the electricity craps out, we will eat at a restaurant, using the money our power company has to refund to us if an outage lasts more than 4 hours. 🙂

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  29. Ann
    March 7, 2018 @ 5:04 pm

    A properly chosen range hood keeps a LOT of smoke and grease from accumulating on your beautiful white cupboards (and should also allow you direct stovetop lighting). Cleaning said smoke and grease shortens the life of the finish of the cupboards, too. Maybe go to a kitchen show or two and ask about the most unobtrusive models of range hood, suitable for a retro-style kitchen, and see what an expert can come up with.

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  30. Mandy in England
    March 7, 2018 @ 5:26 pm

    Victoria,
    Something that makes me steer away from induction hobs or anything that is not Real to cook on – as in FIRE – is the fact that I wonder what it is doing to our food ?
    Don’t get me started on Microwave Ovens . . . !
    There are gas hobs that are flat glass surfaces with the trivets standing on top. Easy clean-up & satisfies my aesthetic sensibilities.
    And, like you say, who wants a kitchen to look like a Kitchen, for Heaven’s Sake ?

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  31. Mandy in England
    March 7, 2018 @ 5:40 pm

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  32. Jessica Hogue
    March 7, 2018 @ 5:40 pm

    Fellow lovers of all GFTs… Behold!

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/11/04/t-magazine/04well-loeb.html

    That is all. You are welcome.

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    • Lady Graystone
      March 7, 2018 @ 8:49 pm

      OH MY! Thanks for the stunning photos and story….

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    • judy
      March 8, 2018 @ 10:21 am

      I love this…and I had to ask myself why? Because it is so the opposite of everything fashionable in decor today. No walls,everything grey grey grey or/and white. Totally looking uncomfortable furniture,you haven’t actually fully relaxed till you have owned a recliner. Firstly it reclines and this is a good thing. AnyHoo I think what I like best about your find is the moodly dimness of the rooms. It’s cozy and comfy looking as opposed to miles of glass and no curtains or blinds in today’s abodes. IMHO and I’m older that rocks. Comment in no way applies to the elegant tasteful followers of VEB.

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  33. Karen Gilbert
    March 7, 2018 @ 6:25 pm

    How did Hawaii go?

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  34. janice Atkinson
    March 7, 2018 @ 7:27 pm

    You just brightened my cloudy day. Thank you. Kitchen floors-tile or wood?

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  35. Joanne Andresen
    March 7, 2018 @ 8:01 pm

    I love to read everything you write because I find you to be sincere and humorous. I love also that you are the only person I have ever heard of – besides me-who does not want their kitchen to look like a kitchen. I selected a dark glass induction cooktop because it blended in with the dark granite. The dishwasher and frig are clad in wood the same color as all of the cabinetry. There is a large crystal chandelier over the island which makes the room look not like a kitchen. The induction cooking is great. No more spills on those coil burners! And it can be heated VERY QUICKLY.

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  36. Pamela
    March 7, 2018 @ 8:21 pm

    I have cooked on everything from open fire pit to induction. My last 2 kitchens we put in gas cooktops. I live in South Florida, so… hurricanes and weeks with no power. Our new home came with an electric cook top with pop up downdraft. It was ok but very slow compared to gas. My husband was all about induction and did the research and shopping then came home with one and cut our counter to fit and dropped it in. I was like, WHAT?!?! Then I used it, SO good, SO fast, SO easy to keep clean. If we lose power we have a gas grill cause I’m never going back. The bonus is that we have grandkids and when you turn it off or move the pan there’s no heat to burn curious little fingers.

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  37. Jodine bell
    March 7, 2018 @ 9:41 pm

    Fisher and paykel retractable gas trivets

    https://goo.gl/images/c5VxHR

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  38. Terri
    March 7, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

    I so miss the induction cooktop that we had in Australia! Ours had a timer and it TURNED ITSELF OFF! Put on eggs, get distracted, no problem. Put on porridge, go have a shower (hubs was in kitchen), no problem. The timer was probably my favorite feature. My husband liked that food didn’t seem to stick to the bottom of the pans. That was pretty good, too.

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  39. Marianne in Mo.
    March 7, 2018 @ 10:12 pm

    I will now pray that my less than two year old gas range will die an early death after reading the praises of induction cooking. As a child, we had gas ranges in our house. As a young adult, I always seemed stuck with electric ranges (for various abodes and reasons.) Now I FINALLY, at the social security age, we have a gas range that I THOUGHT I wanted, because way too many boil-overs on electric had me about to check into an insane asylum. Well….I hate it too, because it is a pain to keep clean. ( But no more boil overs, so there’s that.) But now I fear induction too, because hubs shares cooking duties, and he is klutzy and messy, and refuses to part with a teflon skillet that I will not eat food from. It screams biohazard to me, but maybe he’s trying to bump me off early??? As for countertops, I’ve had about every variety out there, and love my quartz the best! There’s a “honed” granite look-alike that is beauty personified, without the upkeep!

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  40. Rebecca Grace
    March 9, 2018 @ 9:15 am

    Okay, you will need to elaborate about the pet hazards of essential oils, girlfriend — like, it’s bad to put them DIRECTLY ON YOUR PET or in their bedding, or am I now a bad mommy to my furbabies because I prefer the aroma of my lavender essential oil diffuser in the master bedroom over the smell of the giant dogs who sleep in there with us?

    I have a gas range, along with “a hood that could suck a small child out of the house,” according to my husband. Love the gas for cooking but I refuse to clean the grates. I have tricked my husband into cleaning the stove for me in order to “save money”… I told him I can’t clean the stove because it would ruin my manicure. He doesn’t know about gloves — SHHHHH!!!! I am sure that my Bernie and your Paul were both wicked pirates in their past lives, and that’s why they are stuck with us!

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