Cranking up the oven is as simple as it sounds. I need to go out to the breakers and flip on some power to these 2 pricey Dacor ovens that sporatically work. Come back inside and see if the oven will stay on long enough to heat up. It did. I proceeded to assemble the cobbler. Amazingly, the oven stayed on to completion of the golden brown crust with boysenberry juices bubbling through. Unbelievable success. I really didn't expect the oven to work at all. I have been using the BBQ, crockpot, and stovetop to prepare meals.
The kitchen is on the verge of being demolished. The 1969 kitchen designed by a man that never had to work in a home kitchen will be brought up to speed. I hope to chronicle the metamorphosis here with before, during, and after images along with notes on suggestions of what to do and what to avoid. The garden will be mostly on auto pilot with chores done in the evenings as needed.
If anyone has suggestions of things that MUST be included in a kitchen, I would appreciate an email or comment to consider your suggestions. Anything. Now the plan is for stainless steel appliances, Shaker cabinets with pull out features. No hanging cabinets. Built in china cabinet. Soapstone counters. Stone floors. Pot lights. My inspiration is FUNCTIONAL. Everything must be easy to clean and keep clean. Extra little frills are not going to make the cut. Oh, and overpriced fluff will get the ax too.
So, by mid July the kitchen should be complete and thoroughly enjoyed. Fingers crossed.