>>Which are you stronger at?
>>Which do your prefer?
>>Which do you fear most?
>>Are you great at both?
>>In the oven, it's such a "closed door policy".
that's why they call 'em "oven mitts"
cakes (early on) and souffle are the two "thou shalt not open the oven" items - otherwise I routinely scoop out pan juices for tasting / lop off a chunk for doneness, poke the veggies to see if they're soft, whatever!
It's kind of a matter of using the right tool for the task at hand. I don't have any more problem with using one than I do the other. It's the things that I use the oven for that are the problem sometimes.
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain
I would have to say the oven, since I like baking (cakes cookies anything sweet). For a meal I would rather stick something in the oven than work at something on the stove. It's just easier to my way of thinking.