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Oven Dies – Don’t Ya Just Hate That!

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Getting ready to make Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins and wouldn’t you know it – the oven died. Yep, it just gave up and would not budge.   I could not nurse it or cajole it or get it to comply with my requests.   Oven Dies – Don’t Ya Just Hate That!

The control buttons and LED lights have not been working for about the last 2 years; I just know this professional piece of equipment so well, I could always get it to work for me.  First the light stopped working with a flash inside the oven, and then nothing but the clock would display. The oven came on and then shut down: repeat, repeat, repeat.   I sat on the floor in frustration.

I have a good story of how I got this fabulous oven.  When we were remodeling this 100 year old house and turning the 2 tiny bedrooms into the kitchen, I asked to please be able to pick the range, because I spend at least 20 hours a week in that kitchen and I am actually a person who cooks.  I am not a weekend warrior or healthy gourmet hobbyist.  I am a person who works at healing and promoting health with food.   I am not a nutritionist or a dietician but I do consult with them and I have very good results.

The head carpenter wanted me to pick the range, from a large box store, which was on sale.  My partner the architect wanted me to pick something white and which would fit in with his design and be energy efficient.  Of course, it could not exceed what he thought was a reasonable price.  So I found a brand new professional range with a 1900s design and a wood box warmer on the side. RED.  It was about $10,000.00 US.   This was 20 years ago.   I cooked with a clawfoot bathtub, refrigerator with a microwave oven sitting on top for nearly 2 years while the work was being accomplished.  My cabinet was our camping kitchen box.  I held on and held on to this new range idea until the very last minute.

Then I changed my mind to this one ( my true choice all along), which was available in the next big city down the pike, and only $5K.  They both hopped into the truck and went the 120 miles to pick it up and installed it the very next day.    It has been a love affair for me ever since.  All 10 chefs I interviewed about this range agreed with me, that this was an amazing cooking tool.

I will need to just mourn the loss of this great piece of equipment and then I will begin my interviewing and decision making process again.  The company no longer makes this version of a range and they are no longer offering anything in this price range either.   I am open and flexible, but I am looking for something that is truly amazing and will work with me and my style.  I will know it. It will be my right oven.

Now 6 people are coming for dinner on Friday night.   I will be creative and make do for my simply elegant dinner menu.  I do have a microwave convection oven which is new and replaced another oven microwave combination that caught fire the week after the warranty expired. Oven dies – Don’t Ya Just Hate That!

So have you had household problems or appliance failure, when you have had company coming for dinner?  Do you have a category you call:  Don’t Ya Just Hate That?  Have you experienced the end of an oven?

Looking forward to your comments.

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18 Responses to “Oven Dies – Don’t Ya Just Hate That!”

  1. Vered | Blogger for Hire Says:

    My in-laws have this story of how they had an oven failure when hosting a large group. They managed by using the neighbors oven… I guess it pays to have a good relationship with your neighbors!
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    patricia Reply:

    For my Monday night book group dinner, I ran across the street to make the muffins…It is rather disconcerting when it happens, but we just make do.

    Ovens have changed in 20 years – what kind do you have and do you like it?

  2. northpenninegallery Says:

    I stumbled upon this post by chance and it really connected. My wife is a professional baker aka ‘The Gingerbread Mam’ her commercial oven only 9 months old stopped working last weekend. The engineer arrived to fix the faulty part only to find the replacement was also faulty. We’re living a non productive period in the kitchen. Hope the little west is well.
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    patricia Reply:

    Oh Keith I am so sorry to hear you folks are suffering the same fate….having to cook for folks with Celiac Disease I understand how this truly makes a difference in ones outlook

    Just like I do not want to purchase a disposable car, I want to get a good replacement oven…I think they are hard to find – it took me lots of research to find a good microwave but the new vacuum 5 years ago was a waste of funds….

    Westie is great and very rascally right now….I was trying to take a picture of him to send to you, but I can’t keep him still enough!
    ZIP is zippy!
    Thank you for stopping by

    northpenninegallery Reply:

    I knew he was called ‘Zip’, just didn’t have the confidence to be 100% accurate in my reply. Send a pic when you have chance.

    patricia Reply:

    My good photographer and IT Girl will be here at Christmas…I think her camera will be fast enough to catch this guy for a picture

    Do you know Creative Potager’s blog – Terrill has a new book and art show sale coming up…I like both of your folks lovely art


  3. patricia Says:

    Thought you might like to pop over and see Terrill’s on sale teaser for her Sunday art show…
    here is the link http://creativepotager.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/second-thursday-teaser/?replytocom=6267#respond

  4. Sara Says:

    Oh, I am so sorry about the oven. It sounds like it meant a lot to you. I hope you find a new one that’s just as special. I know how resourceful you are; you’ll do just fine until you find the right one — the one that warms your heart, as well as your food:~)
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    patricia Reply:

    You are a dear….thanks for you great words….I am hoping that I will be blessed with a new oven to warm all the cockles by the holidays….

    working on how to cook dinner for 6 for tomorrow night with what I got! :)

    patricia Reply:

    Fun play ground you have on your post Sara

  5. susan Says:

    Hi Patricia! We had an over failure the day before Thanksgiving years ago. I found a great recipe for cooking the turkey on our old Weber and loved it so much it became a tradition. While it’s nice to get new appliances and I do try to wait for the death of an old one before replacing it, it’s always an adjustment for me to “make friends” with the new one. Hope your new one brings you much cooking joy!
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    patricia Reply:

    All I have to do is invite company for dinner and something gives us! I have used up 6 microwaves and 5 dishwashers, 3 ovens, 2 oven fans, 4 refrigerators and 2 freezers….there there is the whole problem with the energy efficient toilets….and several shower heads!
    I still have my same old, same old washer and dryer.

    We do not have a BBQ – this oven had a great grill and griddle section and with 2 family members fatally allergic to bee stings, we rarely eat outside – just enjoy outside ( well camping is the exception)

    I am thinking today that I may not be getting a new oven anytime soon…we would need more work coming in….I was hoping for all the company at the holidays….I think we had best change our menu

    I do have a fresh turkey coming from our CSA…can handle that with the microwave.
    Yes looking forward to a good friendship

  6. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    I really enjoyed the story of your fabulous oven — gosh, but she’s a beauty!
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    patricia Reply:

    Hi Laurie,
    The picture at the top was a close as I could get to the $10K oven I was requesting….My husband’s budget was $1k They were so happy for the contemporary professional choice I made that they did not object to the price.

    I think my husband has enjoyed the amazing food I have cooked over the 20 years and kept his Celiac disease and allergies under control and the budget in line.

    We live in a remodeled 100 year old house, that my partner has turned into a energy efficient gem.

  7. Melody | Deliberate Receiving Says:

    Oh Patricia, now you get to pick a new oven!!! Yay!!! I was just visiting my sister in the US. Her husband is a professional chef and they have this huge, gas stove (with electric oven). I love gas stoves. I have one of those glass top electric ones, which I thought was soooo cool when I moved in, but now I realize I really prefer gas. It’s harder to clean, but so great for cooking. So, my next apartment will have a gas stove again.

    Also, I just want to point out that you manifested a fabulous oven or a much cheaper price than expected all those years ago. You can do that again. You are so much more powerful than you realize, dear Patricia.

    Huge hugs to you and your new fabulous oven,

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    patricia Reply:

    My husband went to see a group of men about designing them a Mosque.

    I went to see what kind of range I want to manifest. I left there with $1K off the price ….the interesting thing about this research is that my partner is getting very involved – I think he is worried that I will not be cooking for him without a good range.

    I think it will up the value of the house even in these tough times, because it will be a truly amazing working kitchen and not just a food warming zone.

    I know I want a duel fuel system with convection oven and gas cook top….not just good looks…

    It is fun…and I had to come home and take a nap it was also tiring. I wonder if I can manifest new countertops in 2012? to go with this new dream machine?

  8. Terrill Welch Says:

    We just bought a new fridge. Our old one came with our new house and the owner had put it in second hand. At between 30 and 40 years old it had been in service a long time and still worked but seemed to be working ALL the time to keep things cool.

    When we went to buy the new one the representative warned us that no amount of money would buy us a fridge that would last 30 years and likely not even 20 years. They are now made to fail. Such an environmental waste!

    The old stove is still working though the oven is a little off and one element is best used for making sauce. I am really curious about what you find. I have looked at the gas tops and electric ovens but thought they were too expensive for what they were. But I keep looking :) Good luck with the search!
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    patricia Reply:

    Loved your Sunday Show and Congratulations to Laurie on her cards win! How lucky is she? Beauty in the mailbox.

    We did the 30 year old freezer last year and put in the 3rd dishwasher in 20 years….they just do not make them like they used to. Our 34 year old refrigerator we were using as a second one and we did not replace it when it went out last year.

    18 year old Microwave/ oven combo was replaced with 2 MW 2 years ago….( that oven burned up after 1 year and we just lived without it)

    These disposable appliances are not my cup a tea and they just fill up the land fills

    What I have found so far it that it is a very expensive proposition…