Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stove Trauma

Jilda's sister Pat invited us to have early Thanksgiving Lunch with her today. Jilda volunteered to bake a turkey breast and take some pumpkin crack (It's the best pumpkin flavored dessert I've ever tasted).
She baked the pumpkin crack yesterday, but this morning when she cranked up the oven to bake the turkey.....nada.
Jilda's stress level went from zero to 90 in 30 seconds. The makers or Porsches could learn a thing or two about performance from her.
While Jilda was pacing around the house hitting every number on her speed dial trying to find someone with a working oven, I jumped on the phone and called her brother who lives next door. He's bailed us out more times than I can count.
He came over with his flashlight and looked tentatively beneath the stove. I've got good news and bad news. The good news is, you don't have a gas leak, the bad news is, the electronics are shot in your gas oven.
We knew his oven had been on the blink too, but he had it fixed recently which we did not know.  He agreed to bake the turkey.
Jilda's blood pressure dropped 80 points, and the blood vessels in her temples stopped throbbing like angry earthworms.
After lunch we drove to the appliance store and picked out a new range. It has all the features she wanted in a stove. I'll go tomorrow and pick it up.
It would be easy to get aggravated too because the new range is not cheap, but she cooks every day. A good stove is an investment.
I'm hoping she'll make another batch of pumpkin crack to initiate the new oven.

BLOG UPDATE: Recipe for Pumpkin Crack (OK, Paula Dean calls them something else, but taste 'em and tell me which is the better name).

Paula Dean's Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars

I box yellow cake mix
8 Tablespoons butter
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350
Lightly grease 9x13 Pan

Melt butter, add egg and cake mix, mix well with electric mixer, pat mixture into bottom of pan
1 (8oz)package of cream cheese
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
3 eggs
1teaspoon vanilla
8 Tablespoons melted butter
1(16oz) box powder sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Beat cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth, add eggs, vanilla and butter, beat together
Next add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, mix well.   Spread over cake batter, bake for 40-50
Minutes, center should be a little gooey, serve with whipped cream


  1. At least she found out BEFORE cooking the entire turkey only to open the door five hours later and have it still be raw. * Ah-EM* Not that I know anything about that or anything...

  2. Holy Crow, we just bought a new oven too..and a new over the oven microwave. The oven still works and we're putting it in the apartment that's over my hubby's office. The microwave works too, except for the fan and the light that shines over the stove. (computer system is shot) We got good deals yesterday but they're not coming until next I can mess up the old stove on Thursday! Hope your new one is a winner and I'm hoping to hear just what's in that pumpkin crack!

  3. OK you got me in the mood I took down the recipe. Poor Jilda. I know how she must feel.
    We went to get a washing machine and found out stores don't keep inventory anymore and you have to wait sometimes up to 3 weeks before delivery. Disappointing really but even stores are scared today with the kind of economy we have.
    Good luck with the new stove.

  4. Ouch! Glad you managed to get sorted.

    I've never eaten pumpkin, maybe I should try one day.

  5. Anything called "crack" has to be fantastic.



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