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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! 😘


  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…


    • 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.


  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.


  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.


  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


    • Tara
      October 21, 2022 @ 7:39 pm

      Cats and lavender are a bad combo be careful. I love my cat so catnip tea to calm my nerves instead oils in the air that are old or heated past their smoke point and why should we breathe oils ? Makes no sense to me?


  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”


    • 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.


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

    Essential oils killed my friends cat… 😞


  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.


    • 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.


  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.


  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.


    • Nona
      December 1, 2022 @ 10:44 pm

      Was looking at white cooktop on white counters and would love to see your alternative …


  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


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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!


  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.


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


    This made me laugh.

    I love your writing.


  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.


    • 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”.


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

    I’m with Ross. I LOVE your writing.


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