Yesterday, while making meatloaf and potatoes, the oven decided it needed to retire. It just stopped working. Luckily, even though the meat had been in the oven for 45 minutes, it was barely warm, and I was able to make “hamburger meatloaf” for dinner by turning the barely warm meatloaf into patties and frying them on the stove (which still works). The potatoes I put in the microwave, and while they didn’t come out crisp like I like them, they were at least done and edible by the time the hamburger meatloaf was done.
After a lot of talking about it, and MiL talking to three different people (including me), it was decided to take the element to an appliance repair shop and see if it was the heating element. We did that today, and the element was good. So, the only other thing it could be was the controller or thermostat. MiL had the original book from the oven (which amazes me, the oven is 16 years old), and the woman at the appliance repair shop looked it up. Of course, this is a part they no longer make.
So, we have to buy a new oven. Not a big deal, but as we live in MiL’s house, this is going to be something that’s going to take a while to buy (because MiL has to go to every single store which sells ovens and look at all the ovens to find the one she wants). So, I’m looking at trying to create healthy dinners using only a microwave, stove top, and crock pot, without getting burned out on the same thing (ie, chicken in frying pan, pork chops in frying pan, steak in frying pan).
I have a lot of food blogs I go to, and I’m registered at the Food Network and find recipes there all the time, but was wondering what types of recipes you all have that taste good, aren’t too spicy (because MiL has acid reflux/some sort of unidentifiable achy stomach problem and spicy foods make her stomach hurt worse)? We are all omnivores here, and MiL’s idea of a veggie is that it always has to be dressed (no naked veggies!), and they are a side dish only, and fish is out because MiL has a severe fish allergy.
Yeah, trying to find variety with those limitations is difficult, that’s why I’m asking you all for suggestions! 🙂
Speaking of food, tonight I made this awesome hot chocolate recipe. I made a half a batch, as it was only for my husband and me, and used Ghiridelli 60% bittersweet chocolate. It was SO good and SO rich. I couldn’t finish my cup of chocolate, so Conall finished it for me. If you like chocolate, you might want to try this. My hot chocolate didn’t come out as thick as the picture on that blog did, but it was absolutely the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted.