Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mean, Mad Ovens.

Moving sorta sucks the life blood out of you, and then there's the whole thing about making friends with a new kitchen. I'm struggling with the kitchen part. I didn't know this was possible, but the stove in our rental (we'll be in New Orleans for another four months or so) is a mad beast. I brought my handy-dandy oven thermometer with me to this new place (because I am suspicious of ovens as it is), set it in place, turned the dial to 350F and watched the oven temperature rise above 600F! I didn't even know that was possible in a home oven, someone needs to bring some pizza dough over here STAT. Anyway, yea. I've mostly got things unpacked, but am having trouble stuffing the last of the pantry items away. We have a lot to eat before we head west, that's the truth.

Hopefully, I'll have some interesting things to post soon. I made some kick ass mushroom risotto yesterday, and over the weekend I whipped together peanut butter 'n chocolate asteroids for our TVP (totally vegan potluck).
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These were fun and super fast. Just mix together a bit of vegan butter, some peanut butter, vanilla, cereal of your choice (I used some organic gluten free peanut butter balls) and powdered sugar. If it's too dry, add a tiny bit of maple syrup or more peanut butter. Roll the dough into balls and freeze. Meanwhile, melt some chocolate chips over a double boiler, dip the balls in the melted chocolate and then press into more cereal and freeze again so the chocolate sets up. Quick n' Fun.
pbasteroidsthree
xo
kittee

27 comments:

  1. They look like katamaris! :D

    Your oven sounds like the one at my old apartment. I was wondering why all my baked goods were turning into bricks. Got an oven thermometer and it was heating a minimum of 200 degrees hotter than I wanted! :O Had to get it replaced.

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  2. whoa! monster oven!

    i like the asteroids. they look like a real mouth-shredder, which i for some reason enjoy. plus, chocolate. yeah.

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  3. Good luck with your oven! Those asteroids looks super rad!

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  4. Yay katamari balls! Good luck with your crazy oven! Our current (rental) home has a cool old kitchen with a double oven. Problem being, the temperature in both ovens in completely variable, and the doors to each pop open at random times during cooking. Extreme cooking!!!

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  5. Where are you moving to when yall move again?

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  6. Yay, you sold your house!! Yay moving west!

    I hear you about the oven. I've been there many times. It's pretty amazing though that it goes to 600°F. Whoa!

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  7. yay!
    for selfish reasons, I am happy that you'll still be in NOLA for a few months! Maybe we can have a little vegan fun while I'm in town?! I wanna go see that cool produce guy you blogged about a while back.

    Also, good to hear that you are moving west. Where's your destination?

    Your oven adventures sound CRAZY. 600 degrees is total madness. You gotta be careful!

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  8. Sounds like our ovens are related. Set at 350 sometimes it goes to over 500 hundred. Set another day at 350 and it go to 350. So weird.

    You somehow get use to it.

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  9. Kittee! It's been so long since your last post! We've all missed you!

    I love the peanut butter 'n chocolate asteroids! They are so cool!

    Your oven is possessed by the devil. You might need an exorcist.

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  10. Bring on the pizzas! Those desserts are adorable.

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  11. Wait, where are you moving to? I want it to be Seattle!

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  12. We're up and moving to Portland, OR and Amey, I am more than up for some vegan antics with you when you come.

    xo
    kittee

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  13. I want some asteroids! I'll trade you some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip for them! hehe.

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  14. Sounds like my oven, because it really does heat to whatever temp it feels like at that particular moment...scary.
    Those little cereal asteroids sound like fun to make! Hang tight, it's almost over.

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  15. I wonder if evil ovens have group meetings to plot evil crap against us. I try to ask that very question to mine when it comes home with muddy boots and boozy breath, but it always stays mum.
    that bastard.

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  16. What fun, PB asteroids- Sounds like they would be a hit with the youngsters and adults alike.

    Good luck with that crazy oven!

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  17. I had an oven like that in my first college apartment in the Bronx! It was either off, or 500+ degrees. It finally caught on fire, and shot flames up through the burners. At that point, my landlady finally had to replace it.

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  18. Nice asteroid, Kittee. I can relate to your kitchen woes...all of my appliances stink.

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  19. kittee,

    (sounding like beavis) heh-heh, asteroids. do you know how many ass puns i can come up with out of this entry? too many to count. i also thought they looked like katamari. you are the peanut butter princess.

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  20. Hi Kittee!

    I wondered how long it would be before you moved to Portland! I keep trying to talk my daughters into moving there, but nooooo.

    Are you still making awesome crocheted things? Be sure and check out my other blog on here cause it's more personal than the Etsy one. It's fairly new, but I do plan on sharing more crafty stuff once Xmas is all over with.

    <3

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  21. kittee!

    I have a gift (wedding/because I wanted to) that I would like to get to you before you leave NOLA.

    I am glad to have gotten to know you and hope we may keep in touch.

    xo, jen

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  22. My oven has a pretty bad behavior, too. It's a really old thing made in Eastern Germany back in those days when they were still the GDR. But he's never made it to 600°.

    I love your asteroids.

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  23. Yummy. Those are mouthwatering.

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  24. Do you have the oven from my apartment in college? It seemed like there was really only "on" or "off" and anything in between was just for pretend. This is how I came to be known as the cookie queen. It was the only thing I could reliably bake in that damn oven.
    xo - mama

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  25. Yummy...like truffles only with cool asteroid-ish balls all over them! Very space age!

    Sorry about that oven problem. At least you'll be moving again soon.

    BTW, I gave my copy of Papa Tofu away because my friend Leslie REALLY wanted it and I forgot to get her an Xmas gift! So I'll be ordering another one to replace mine real soon!

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  26. 600 degrees is insane.

    moving does suck, in obvious ways and then in subtle ways where you finally realize an item has gone missing. Then you begin to doubt it ever existed. For me it's three things:
    1. a glass sugar dispense with an orange top.
    2. an old issue of veg times with the best tvp neatballs ever.
    both of these things are too many moves ago to count.
    3. The supersized cookie cooling rack. I haven't given up on it yet.

    I love the look of those pb balls. they are really fun and cute. Like delicious cartoon food.

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  27. This is my first time coming across your board, and I really like it. Can't wait to try some recipes. <3

    However, I came across this post about your stove, and I just wanted to let you know that, if your oven is still doing that (I don't know if you've moved from there yet), that means the inside thermometer is broken. Unfortunately, I don't know how to fix it, but I'm sure that your local hardware store might have an idea.

    If you do need to replace it, or get any other large appliances, I would suggest finding a Sears Scratch and Dent store near you. They sell machines that have scratches on them (they still work, but they wouldn't normally sell on showcase floors) and they're usually discounted anywhere from 25% to 40% off.

    Good luck on that oven!

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