I didn’t write about my kitchen last week because they didn’t do much. This week they’ve been moving right along. Cabinets are installed, flooring is set and I finished painting, except for the trim. I’m sure next week will be slow because they have to order and get the countertops.
I was going to document what I ate everyday of the remodel, but to be quite honest, the past few weeks has been mostly sandwiches. Those are quite boring to photograph. Plus, the last week was a week when I worked all night, so I was really too tired (they are quite loud) to even care if I ate.
I do want to sing the praises of my Rival Roaster Oven. I bought this last year on sale at Wal-Mart (for $10), and I’ve only used it once since I bought it. I used it to keep stuff warm at Thanksgiving. I’ve always thought it was a useless and big, and mostly takes up space (it doesn’t even really have a place to live. It was above my washer and dryer). I decided to try it out during the kitchen remodel and this thing is great.
I already wrote about baking bread in it, which is pretty amazing. This week I made Hasselbeck potatoes in it. You can’t do that well in a microwave. They were perfectly crispy on the outside and done on the inside. It took about an hour, but that’s about the same for a regular oven. The ones I make in the oven seem to separate and fan out more, but they were still delicious.
I also made baked ziti. This one has Greek yogurt, some frozen mixed vegetables ad spinach baked in. It got all crispy on top too. It was great.
If you’re having your kitchen redone, I highly recommend one of these things!