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Comment by Michael Penn on October 21, 2014 at 2:54pm

I don't like electric but I'm stuck with it because this place is all electric. Gas in this area is propane. It is very high and at least this way I don't have to sock hundreds of dollars into an outside gas tank every winter.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 21, 2014 at 1:48pm
Mike the parts issue would be a deciding factor in deciding whether to buy one - if it ever came available. My current stove is a Maytag. It has good points and bad points. Mostly I like it much better than my old electric stove.
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2014 at 1:15pm

Oh!  Yuk!  No more booze for you!

Comment by Michael Penn on October 21, 2014 at 1:07pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2014 at 1:00pm

I may find room for sweet potatoes in my garden next season.  Will they grow in a container like regular potatoes, where you keep adding material that the potatoes grow in?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2014 at 12:58pm

Deidre, please do share our recipe for roasting pumpkins. Do the same principles work for winter squash? My neighbor gave me a very large bushel basket of them, all different kinds. 

Comment by Michael Penn on October 21, 2014 at 12:56pm

You can call me Mike or Michael. My first name is Dennis but I never used it. (Most likely form Dennis the Menace.) My mother always called me Michael.

I envy anyone who has a Chambers stove but there are no parts for them today, so no repair. The company name was used again a few years ago, but they had no parts for the classic stoves like in your picture.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 21, 2014 at 12:39pm

Michael (is that what you prefer to be called?  Just checking) - I wanted to bring my parents' Chambers stove back to my house when they died, but (a) I was not there for the auction and (b) it would have cost a fortune to ship from rural Illinois to Washington state.  You are right - they weigh a ton.  My parents' house had a basement.  My dad had to install a bean under the stove because it was making the floor sag.  He used a car jack to raise the joists back into position.


Spud, for nostalgia, I've been buying kitchen tools from estate and yard sales.  My bowls, cutting boards, and measuring cups, and some baking dishes, are all from some old family or other, much used and still solid.  For some reason, I like using them much more than new ones.


Home today to do work via internet.  It's officially my "day off" but I always work.  Since I'm salaried, not hourly, I can take breaks as long as I get the work done - sort of, it is endless - so comment on here.  Making bread  today, a good thing to do in fall and winter.  And I think I'll roast a butternut squash from the garden for a pie.


Spud, sweet potatoes make a great pie too!


Felaine, I hope there are ways to enjoy being older.  Enjoy what you can.

Comment by Pat on October 21, 2014 at 12:34pm

Spud, I too have a gas stove, and hooked it up myself years ago. I need to replace the oven burner, since the temperature will not get above 350. And, it's my impression that gas stove top burners are more easily controllable than electric. Besides, I do a lot of stove top cooking using cast iron, which can destroy modern electric glass  or ceramic cook tops.

Deidre, I once made a homemade pumpkin pie, and I do recall preparing the pumpkin was quite a chore. Then again, I may have been doing it incorrectly. I'm with Daniel's suggestion that starting a topic may be a good way to go. And, if you don't mind, I may ask a few questions about sweet potato pie.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 21, 2014 at 12:27pm

Bertold, I absolutely NEVER drink coffee...I hates it.  I do drink about 3 cups of weakish black (Tetley) tea a day, the rest of the time I drink filtered H2O or cranberry juice.  Once or twice a year, I'll have a glass of wine, and in the hottest days of summer, a root beer float.

What has caused my gout attacks in the past has always been some kind of high protein meat...shrimp, salmon, rumaki, rare steak, and turkey.  Everything good.  I mostly live on chicken, and an occasional cheezburger....with broccoli or some such on the side.

It gets boring after a while, but I also have mild diabetes, and can't fill up on bread or cookies.  I've lost about 40 lbs in the last 3 years...weight I needed to lose....but I look awful; acres of loose, wrinkled skin.  Getting old REALLY sux.

I never wanted to live this long.


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