Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

@ElicBxn (60884)
United States
December 29, 2012 10:03pm CST
Last summer my range died. I could still use the stove top, since we could light the burners, but the oven was done. The cats had ruined the electronics. So, last month I saw on freecycle the offer for a gas range, working. I put in for it and got it! The roomie's nephew came with his truck and we got it loaded and brought it home. But we needed a plumber to hook it up. $250 later we had the new range hooked up and the old out in the back yard. He was concerned about a sound when he plugged the electronics in, so we were still oven less and lighting burners until I could get my friend over who knows electronics. He determined that there was some kind of malfunction in the clock, but the rest of the electronics were fine, so we have an oven again! So, tonight we cooked a dish we just love. It calls for ziti, but we just use elbow macaroni instead. So, here I am, happily full of this baked dish that we used ground chicken instead of beef and added mushrooms and spinach to. Our bowls are empty! What a lovely way to end the day! Have you had to miss a favorite dish for some reason?
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@stealthy (8188)
• United States
30 Dec 12
One dish I have been missing for decades is cherry cobbler the way my mother made it when I was a kid. Even before she passed away, I had not been living at home for a long time and she may not have made it anyway because of her health and because the main ingredient was no longer available in the right form. Her cherry cobbler was quite different from what you will find in any restaurant by that name. She used strips of pie dough on the bottom and on the top. The cherries came frozen in large cans with no sweetener or anything and were from Washington state if I am remembering right. She had to use two cans because while they were sitting out thawing, my dad and my sister and I would eat so many that one can would not have been enough. Even if I could make it, cherries that are best for it are not available as far as I have seen in the stores.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
30 Dec 12
That sounds lovely. The cherry pie fillings all have corn starch, so I've had to do without as well. Maybe a search would discover if they are still around... http://www.nationalcherries.com/industry.html
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• United States
30 Dec 12
It's good that you have an oven again. I have dealt with limited kitchen facilities before, and I know how frustrating that can get after a bit. Before we moved into here, I spent several months living in a place that lacked an oven; of course, during that time, I kept wanting to make things that would require an oven.
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@BarBaraPrz (19846)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
30 Dec 12
That's always the way. Like craving steak the day you had major dental surgery...
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
30 Dec 12
We discovered how to make ham in the crock pot, and we have a nice toaster oven, just took longer to cook things because they had to be cooked in shifts...
• China
30 Dec 12
Judging by your getting a gas range,the gas is piped to every family there.I am very interested in what you talked about cooking a dish ,such as zili,elbow macaroni and ground chicken,because our eating habits are far cry from yours.We usually stir-fry the vegetables in oil.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
30 Dec 12
Gas could be piped to everyone here, but some people don't have it. When I was growing up, my folks had gas heating, a gas dryer and gas water heater, but cooked with electricity. In this house the range, heater and water heater were gas, but they had the dryer hooked up for electric, I had to get a plumber out to put in a gas line. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/baked-ziti-i/ this is the recipe, its an Italian dish... I like Chinese food too, but Italian is my favorite.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
30 Dec 12
wow that was quite some ordeal hey did you forget to send me over a plate lol
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
30 Dec 12
Well, I think it'd be a bit far to send, but I could send you the recipe - not even terribly expensive...
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@BarBaraPrz (19846)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
30 Dec 12
That's great that you can bake dishes again. I don't understand why you needed a plumber, though, to hook it up.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
30 Dec 12
You have to have a certified plumber to hook up the gas line. Don't know why a plumber, but that's what you need.
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@BarBaraPrz (19846)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
30 Dec 12
If ya want to be legal about it... It's not like you were having a new gas line installed. When I replaced my stove a few years ago, my neighbor did it for me.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
30 Dec 12
ahh, but I didn't have anyone that felt comfortable about doing it, so I had to get a plumber...
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@jodylee (968)
• United States
31 Dec 12
YAY! Great score! I love freecycle and have had a couple good moments with it. I am sure it felt very good to have such a wonderful meal! I hope more good things are too come for you!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
31 Dec 12
I've had a number of good scores on freecycle and gotten rid of a few thing (and lots of cat litter buckets) as well. I've put in for food many times and gotten it, most of them go to my client.
@jodylee (968)
• United States
31 Dec 12
That is how I learned of freecycle was for my clients. I found so many great things for them on there. I have only used it a couple of times for myself. Do you work in social services?
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
31 Dec 12
I do home health, my client is currently in the hospital...
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
1 Jan 13
Sort of. I forgot to make something special for today, it being New Year's Day and all. I've been ill since Christmas day with my gallbladder, in a lot of pain and feeling sorry for myself and trying to be careful about what I eat. It's been awful. Today I decided to make a new dish of Tuna Pasta Salad that I looked up on the net a short time ago. It's very easy to make and it was delicious. Lo and behold, within an hour my pain was gone! It feels wonderful to be pain free for the first time in just over a week! The reason I chose that dish is because my gas cylinder ran out and I have no stove! The pasta I cooked in the microwave.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
1 Jan 13
I've never had any luck cooking pasta in the microwave, always comes out gummy. The roomie has a great tuna pasta salad, got eggs and stuff in it.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
1 Jan 13
My pasta comes out perfectly. Add the right amount of water, some salt and cook for 15 minutes on high without the lid. Mine has eggs in it and you can basically throw in whatever you like. I put some finely chopped onion, red pepper, a tin of peas, cooked some frozen veggies at the end of the pasta cooking time, then fat free mayo, a little 97% fat free French dressing and of course the tuna. I would have added a small tin of corn kernels but was out of them. I will try a little curry powder too next time. I'm thinking I might try some chopped up, left over BBQ chicken instead of the tuna at some stage too. Think that will work? The first helping was great but I had a little more a couple of hours later and it was even better. I've just had some for breakfast.
• United States
1 Jan 13
yes and no-dinner was almost ruined one night when my crock pot decided to die without warning.had to transfer to the gas stove,if i hadn't noticed,it would have been ruined.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
1 Jan 13
Yikes! One day the roomie set up the crock pot to cook dinner but forgot to turn it on! It sat there for an hour before I noticed it! (but the meat was frozen so it didn't spoil)
• United States
31 Dec 12
Do I hear a little bit of Ren & Stimpy here? So glad to hear you got a nice new stove!!! Now you can cook all those good foods you like and who cares about the clock. Your dinner sounds delish too and I might just try that myself. Is ziti a pasta? I've never had it. I tried freecycle but I needed to have a yahoo account and it doesn't work on my old, old computer for some reason. It sounds like it would be a fun site too, plus I have stuff I wouldn't mind donating on there or exchanging. Oh well...Happy New Year Elic!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
31 Dec 12
Yeah, ziti is like a small penne, but we just use elbow macaroni's for it because we always have them. I do have a yahoo account, but I barely use it. I do also belong to some yahoo groups, so that's why I guess I have it.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
31 Dec 12
Strange how a freebee ends up costing one. I'm glad our range is all electric. All we had to do was plug it in. However, since you're happy, I'm glad for you. Yes, I've missed a lot of dishes. While my husband was so ill, he couldn't stand the smell of food cooking. I'm going to have to learn to cook all over again.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
31 Dec 12
Well, a new range would've cost over $500 so this wasn't that bad... When my dad was dying, about the only way food tasted good to him was grilled, so my mom was grilling just about every meal.
@savak03 (6681)
• United States
30 Dec 12
Yeah, just now as a matter of fact. I told my daughter I wanted grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for lunch. She took off to the store and left her brother to fix my lunch. He came up with the sandwiches and told me there wasn't any soup. It's just not the same. I told him I was pretty sure there was still some tomato soup in the cupboard. He said there was not. About the time I had almost finished the sandwiches here he comes up with the soup. Now I am full of sandwiches and I didn't get to enjoy them with the soup. It's just not the same.
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Dec 12
Nobody else will eat my favorite dishes, so I only cook them so often (I have to eat all the leftovers).
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
30 Dec 12
more for you... I've already eaten it twice today... the roomie said that I needed to save some for her... but it just gives her digestive problems... all the cheese...
@GardenGerty (99322)
• United States
30 Dec 12
Sometimes it is because of not having the money for all the ingredients. Sometimes it is because I misplaced the recipe, or I just forgot that I liked it. I would like to convert to a gas range sometime.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
30 Dec 12
we only discovered this recipe last spring so I'm thrilled to be able to eat it again now that we have a working oven again! A nice meal when its 30ยบ outside, the oven warms the kitchen.