I love dahlias because they are late and overly dramatic.
When everything else is dying back and looking sad… they are HELLO!
Up until last weekend— when it finally got cold— the tomatoes were still going.
I have spent the last forever, roasting and freezing… roasted-then-frozen tomatoes are INFINITELY more delicious than raw-frozen tomatoes; also infinitely more work.
I basically manage a tomato-processing plant, where I am also all of the staff.
The flavor is worth it, and being reminded of how good they are, makes me mad that I ate so many raw tomatoes this summer… Federal law prohibits us from using our oven during hot weather– it dements my husband.
But since getting the kitchen floors done, our kitchen is in the basement, and now I realize: you can have a stove ANYWHERE!
Next summer I can have an oven out in the garage and run it ALL DAY LONG.
I frequently get the question – HOW are you living without a kitchen!?
Sadly, we are not.
There has never been even one day without a stove, sink, prep area… a kitchen. It’s not Pinterest-worthy, but it reminds me that my husband is amazingly good at mitigating horribleness.
Speaking of stoves – I mentioned that I am way-more-loving European options for wall ovens… (we are doing an induction cooktop, in the antique piano kitchen island, WITHOUT a range hood because I loathe them).
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Euro regular baking ovens are compatible with American hertz but their microwaves are not… unless we do a converter thingy? Which seems… iffy? Like, your electric should run just without extra STUFF.
WHY do I need a European microwave? I don’t… what I DO need is a pair of stacked wall ovens– one of which will be BOTH an oven AND a microwave<– that is a US version, they all look similar. Self is unsoothed.
I’m still trying to get to my point:
the microwave is not a fake oven! It’s a normal oven heating element… AND IT IS ALSO A MICROWAVE.
But despite the OBVIOUSNESS, not that many American manufacturers offer it, and so my options are limited… and I don’t love any of them… which is why I am now asking you if you know how to magic a Euro combination oven into an American combination oven. Because they have lots and they are pretty.
Either way, this amalgamation solves the issue of where to locate the microwave AND it gives me a second oven! I do not frequently need to bake at different temperatures but since I’ve been doing mad tomatoes, I have several times wanted to cook sweet potatoes and skipped them. (FYI: if you cook your sweet potatoes at a low temperature, it makes them sweeter.)
In other news– we got the van back… you can drive it, if you have a few basic tools.
The police reiterated what some of you already told me– old model vans are popular for theft because they are so easy to steal; then you can use it to go steal something else.
Now I never have to pay for anything ever again.
LONG before the van was stolen, it was time for a new car… but cars are of negative interest to me, so when Paul would bring it up, I would be like– no. Stop inviting the universe to get involved. Everything is fine.
So I hoped that Paul would say he would just replace the stuff in the steering column that got ripped out… but once he drove it there was a new clanking and the window seal where they broke in and nine thousand other things and he is saying that it makes no sense to put more money into this car.
I suggested NOT putting money into it and just driving it with a screwdriver and wrench and umbrella… Paul suggested a compromise: rather than replace the van, we will get me a moped; and some goggles for the kittens.
Then we will get a trailer for the big stuff.
I am pleased with this plan.