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Old 12-25-2017, 11:33 PM   #221
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Loverly gave me a $35 gift card to use at Penzeys. I hope we get a chance to go to West Side Market again before we head home, since Penzeys has a shop in a restored, historic bank building across from the Market. If not, we'll just have to make a road trip of 45 miles to get to the closest Penzeys from home. I know, I know, I could use it online. Kinda hard to sniff the goods that way, though.
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Old 02-11-2018, 10:33 PM   #222
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It's a Kenmore, and so much more than I expected... My extended kitchen candy!

I'm feeling "almost" guilty for enjoying my brand new barbecue this mild California evening here. What a honey it is, with a 12,800 BTU searing burner on the side wing, although I didn't use it tonight.


My first cook was...wait for it...Tri Tip. No surprise there, but the tail of the triangle always gets well done so my silicone bands came to the rescue for an experiment, and we ended up with a more consistently rare piece of meat, with the aid of the ThermoWorks probe thermometer set to 125 degrees. It has 4 burners, so I did it indirect only using the two outside burners, the right with a wood chip smoke box. Wow, that worked well, and I'll do it again.



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Old 02-12-2018, 12:27 AM   #223
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Ha, I just noticed that my picture of the Tri Tip on the grill above looks like a cow tongue. It's not that, although cow tongue is great eating too.
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:19 PM   #224
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Very nice grill, Kay and Sous! She's a beauty.
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Old 03-24-2018, 11:33 PM   #225
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It looks like we've all been way too good. No new kitchen stuff? Here, let me rectify that. I've been wanting a new toaster oven for a while. While my decade+ Cuisinart toaster oven is working fine, it's not as big as I would like. Often, I need to use my big oven when, if it were just a couple of inches bigger, a toaster oven would work just as good. After months of debate, how big I was going to get, did I want one with or without a rotisserie, how about an air fryer option...I decided on an Oster Toaster Oven with Convection and two baking racks. The two racks will come in nice for two pans of scones, or a baking dish with protein and a second one with veggie or starch. I baked two individual pizzas at once today. Nice.

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Old 03-25-2018, 12:00 AM   #226
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Very nice, love my toaster oven.
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Old 03-25-2018, 12:59 AM   #227
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Thank you, PF. I love toaster ovens, too. Loved my Cuisinart for toasting, baking, making small casseroles, even a loaf of quick bread. But I started thinking of one with a larger cabinet the first time I made a loaf of homemade country white bread in the toaster oven...and it rose so much more in the oven that I had two racing stripes across the top of the loaf! Had to pull the loaf out before it became one with the heating elements and finish it off in the big oven.

You still have a Breville, PF? I know many DCers do, and you all seem to love them. I kept looking at them, but the only model that mentioned two oven racks was the model with the air frying feature...and a $399.99 price tag at BB&B. If this $110. serves me as well as my last TO, I'll be tickled pink.
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Old 03-25-2018, 01:42 AM   #228
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Still have the Breville, you know how hard it was to drive with that thing in my lap on the way to Wyoming??? Didn't want anything to happen to it and if anything did I wanted to be the one who messed up.
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Old 03-25-2018, 06:19 AM   #229
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Amazon has discounted prices on some Breville ovens from time to time. I have the 800XL, and paid $200 for it. It gets used more often than the big oven (just 2 of us). Very happy with the purchase. It will hold a quarter sheet pan, so it's great for roasting veggies, oven fries, etc.

When I use both racks in the big oven there is a noticeable difference between the top and bottom racks. When I make things like breadsticks I swap them between the racks about halfway through. Not sure how this would work in a toaster oven.
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Old 03-25-2018, 09:36 AM   #230
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I remember the extended discussion we hd on Breville toaster ovens years ago and how great they are. I made a mental note that when my current one dies that's what I'll get.

Still waiting. The cuisinart I bought 15-18 years ago is still going strong. It's not quite big enough for a 13"x9" but I can bake, broil and toast in it.
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