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Has anyone purchased an affordable electric stove recently?

Thanks for the links and the feedback. I am not a fastidious person and I actually like that I can take the drip pans out and soak them after with the coil cook top. I went to the nearest appliance store. Even the sales person seemed underwhelmed by the glass top. He didn't even try to up sell me on a pricier model.

Has anyone purchased an affordable electric stove recently?

Good point about CL. Some of the marked down ranges I have seen are cheaper than the big microwave that we all chipped in for at work. Your suggestion might be a good interim solution for me.

Has anyone purchased an affordable electric stove recently?

Thanks, I appreciate the information.

Has anyone purchased an affordable electric stove recently?

I am reconsidering the coils. What are the issues with glass top? Sorry to ask such a dumb question, I have never bought a stove before and most of my friends have gas ranges.

Has anyone purchased an affordable electric stove recently?

That is interesting and I appreciate you bringing it up. Why do you prefer it? The coils must still be popular because there are still a lot of models out there.

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

Never.

I miss old school Chinese restaurants.

I really miss the little take out cartons. I don't see them used very much.

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

Because some people are sappy and romantic and have not become jaded and cynical.

Has anyone purchased an affordable electric stove recently?

I am starting to look for a replacement for my range/stove. My budget is between $500 and $800 and it can only be electric. Electric is the only options per my HOA (I love where I live so the sacrifice is worth it). I was hoping to make my purchase later in the year and spend more money, but it seems I will be having house guests throughout the summer. It must not have coils on the cook top and the oven must be self cleaning. I have never bought a range before and I am at a loss as to what features are "must have" and which ones are gimmicks or not worth having. Friends are checking into the scratch and dent departments in appliance stores for me.

Any thoughts on ten22 in Old Sacramento?

Has anyone been and if so what are your thoughts? I am not looking for suggestions for alternatives.

What is your favourite thing to do with a chuck steak?

I like to do a chili colorado or a beef barbacoa and use the meat for tacos.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fo...

Mandatory municipal composting: how do you handle your food scraps?

Maybe you should ask this question on the garden forum. I stayed for a week with a lady in West Seattle and she kept her scraps in a bag in the freezer.

A few summers agoa I house sat for some friends who wanted me to use the counter top composting bucket for my food scraps. Up until then I thought it was a great concept and was looking at composters for my condo. It was pretty gross and I thought it was kind of hypocritical to use so much soap and water to clean out the composting bucket. Not exactly eco-friendy.

The Word-Snobs can bite me!!!!

Right on! Wave your foodie flag! Makes me wish George Carlin was still alive. He'd have a field day over people wetting themselves over the word foodie.

Can a whole chicken be prepared in a 6L pressure cooker?

Nice explanation. I love my pressure cooker and I have been experimenting with meats using the PC first and finishing it off in the oven. It is a great method.

Pegboard advice needed

Nice, but too pricey. I would need two. Thanks for the suggestion.

Pegboard advice needed

I have seen these and it is beyond my budget. Pegboard is in my price range.

Pegboard advice needed

Duffy,

Sorry, it is not obvious. There wouldn't be a point in posting the question if it were obvious.

Pegboard advice needed

I want to use pegboard in my kitchen. If I use a heavy pot or pan what prevents it from breaking off of the pegboard? I am specifically interested in using pegboard and not other systems or pot racks and know how pegboard is typically installed. Here is a link to what I have in mind:
http://eclecticrecipes.com/wp-content...

Can I use yellow cornmeal for creamy polenta?

I meant I don't think it is grits. Damn antihistamine.

Pickle Juice - How Do You Use It

Dill, but combining them sounds good too.

Can I use yellow cornmeal for creamy polenta?

Yes, for breakfast I call it grits though technically don't think it isn't. For dinner I might use broth, cream and butter to compensate for the coarser texture.

Pickle Juice - How Do You Use It

I am not sure. I find that the pressure cooker tends make most meats moist. It does give it a little tang and spice note w/o being overbearing.

Pickle Juice - How Do You Use It

I use it for the liquid portion in pressure cooker spare ribs.

May I vent? (living with a reasonably Chowish person who isn't quite a Chowhound..)

I have learned in marriage and close friendships that even if you think someone "knows" you, he/she may not always know how you think. I probably would have been miffed, but would have put it in the category of knowing what to ask for should a similar situation arise.

Jewish Christmas

I wish it was true. I have 3 synagogues in my neighborhood and no decent Chinese restaurants.

My family would make a nice dinner for Christmas, I don't recall going out for Chinese food.

Uncooked frosting recipe needed for Dorie Greenspan's gingerbread buche de noel

Thanks. It looks like it will transport well too.

Reluctance to buy online?

Rereading the original post I am beginning to see why the tone of this discussion is so divisive. Reluctance to me means being aversive or unwilling to do something. I love to shop in local stores, it gives me a lot of pleasure. It isn't that I am unwilling to shop online or try to avoid it at all costs, I have bought plenty of things online. I find shopping in a store a lot more fun than shopping online.

Uncooked frosting recipe needed for Dorie Greenspan's gingerbread buche de noel

I have several Christmas parties to attend Christmas Eve and Christmas day and I want to bring the buche de noel for dessert for Christmas dinner. My plan is to make the log (with the filling) and the frosting the night before and frost and decorate the log the next day. For a variety of reasons I do not want to frost night before nor do I want to make the frosting at the place where I will be serving it. Does anyone have a good suggestion for an alternative that I can prepare the night before?

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

A shortcut to making latkes?

You could parboil the potatoes and drain them. I like Mollie Katzen's latkes recipe and she calls for parboiling. The potato mixture even keeps for a day should you have some leftover. It isn't as good as the first day though.

http://www.molliekatzen.com/recipes/r...

Reluctance to buy online?

Picking up a phone and making a few calls prior to going shopping generally prevents my frustration of sitting in traffic or wasting gas.