Now if you know us at all, you know we love to cook, bake, can, and entertain, so this stove has gotten a workout over the last 20 years. Many loaves of bread (Brian bakes all our breads) countless quarts of spaghetti sauce, soup, chili, pickles, salsa, ketchup, relish, veggies, fruit and jam have been canned, and many meals have been cooked on this faithful appliance. It has required little maintenance over the years and it is a good thing because the closest (and only) repairman for these stove is in Berkeley. Well, last month Brian took a week long baking class at the San Francisco Baking Institute. It is a French baking school and he spent the week perfecting baguettes. Ever since he has been baking his breads using a pan full of stainless steel bb's in the bottom of the oven that he sprays with water to create the steam needed for the first 5 minutes of baking. This makes the perfect crust. He used to just open the oven door a crack and spray water in every minute for the first 5 minutes, but the BB's make more steam. Of course just before I planned to do some cookie baking, one of the ovens stopped working! The steam had blown out the oven pilot and it wouldn't relight. So we called the guy from Reliance Appliance to come out and he replaced some things like this thermocouple.
Here are some of the lovely baked goodies we have been enjoying and sharing over the last few weeks.
Neapolitans: Three layers of cookie, chocolate, butter cookie with chopped walnuts and almond cookie with pink coloring.
Brians Holiday Meesh
Here we are on Christmas Eve, all together and enjoying our favorite thing as a family, eating and good conversation.
We hope your holidays are full of whatever brings you joy and peace!