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Old 05-06-2015, 11:55 PM   #1
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Do you ever cook an entree and a dessert in the oven together?

Our last electric bill was a heart attack on paper. Right now I'm afraid to turn the oven on for anything! However, I've had a craving for brownies. I also have shredded chicken for enchiladas burning a hole in my freezer. I was wondering if I could cook them together? The enchilada is very mild tasting, so I don't think there will be the flavor transfer I would get from something like highly seasoned beef. Since brownies are a pretty sturdy bakery full of flavor, they probably won't pick up any strange flavors. OR might I end up with chocolate enchiladas and cheesy brownies?

Should I bake simultaneously? Or am I out-of-luck?
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:08 AM   #2
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I would try it if nothing will spatter on something else.
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:12 AM   #3
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Do you ever cook and entree and a dessert in the oven together?

I don't see why not. Maybe cover the brownies with a small piece of parchment paper if you're worried about smell transfers.
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:38 AM   #4
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taxy, if I put the brownies on the upper rack nothing should spatter. Good idea!

Dawg, thanks for the parchment hint. Although, if the chili heat would get into the brownies, they might resemble one of the versions that "Hannah Swensen" from Joanne Fluke's mysteries made one time. I think she added minced Jalapeno peppers to the batter.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:25 AM   #5
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I'd cover the enchiladas before I covered the brownies.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:12 PM   #6
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Our last electric bill was a heart attack on paper. Right now I'm afraid to turn the oven on for anything! However, I've had a craving for brownies. I also have shredded chicken for enchiladas burning a hole in my freezer. I was wondering if I could cook them together? The enchilada is very mild tasting, so I don't think there will be the flavor transfer I would get from something like highly seasoned beef. Since brownies are a pretty sturdy bakery full of flavor, they probably won't pick up any strange flavors. OR might I end up with chocolate enchiladas and cheesy brownies?

Should I bake simultaneously? Or am I out-of-luck?
You should try living in rural Ontario. We have the highest electricity rates in North America. I only use the oven on weekends at home and make sure I put as many things as possible in the oven at the same time.
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Old 05-08-2015, 05:40 AM   #7
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I'd cover the enchiladas before I covered the brownies.
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This. You are far more likely to get flavour transfer from the enchilada.
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:00 AM   #8
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Your post reminds me of Jimmy Carter's admonitions to "put on a sweater" or "turn down the thermostat".

The Energy Crunch Cookbook by Joan Bingham was a big hit during those years. The book contains menu's and recipes that can be made together in the oven. It also has ideas for crock pot, toaster oven, etc...

It also reminds me of my grandmother tossing a few potatoes, a squash and a few cups of egg custard into the oven when she made a meatloaf or roasted a chicken. She hated to heat up that "huge" oven for just one small dish. As I get older I'm beginning to think the same way!

Good luck!
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Yes I dislike using the oven for just one thing. Invariably incorporate with other bits and pieces (which can sometimes be biscuits or a baked dessert), but more often it is roasting a red pepper, baking potatoes or a cooking apple. If the heat is high, the apple goes to a puree which is lovely on oatcakes (or can be mixed into plain yogurt).

I have used my oven thermometer on various heat settings and on various shelves in the oven to establish what the heat is on that shelf is, e.g. for Mk. 4 centre shelf, 2 shelves up it is Mk. 5. That way I have a ready reference for incorporating cooking various food items.
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I volunteer every Friday in the kitchen. We usually cook for about 30-40 people. But sometimes it could a hundred. When that happens there is not enough time or room in the oven. In that case i do have to cook things together, so I just cook everything covered.


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