Friday, February 25, 2011

We Have A STOVE!

Well, we have a Frigidaire 30" Slide-In Gas Range in Stainless Steel (part of the Frigidaire Professional Series) to be exact.  Since we sold our previous slide-in range via Craigslist about 2 weeks ago (click here to get up to speed on the kitchen remodel/situation); we have been without a stove/oven until the skies cleared, the sun shone down, and my contractor installed my new slide-in range yesterday!  I realize I'm being crazy dramatic, but I'm just really excited to have a stove again!  Not to mention we also have a dishwasher after 2 weeks of hand-washing too!  Oh happy day!

I don't have any pretty pics to show yet.  Things are still looking U-G-L-Y!  Our contractor went ahead and installed the stove and dishwasher even though he's going to have to pull them both out when he comes back to rip out my water damaged floor and replace it with the new hardwood.  The new wood has been ordered though so hopefully he'll be able to get started sooner rather than later.

Until this kitchen gets tore up from the floor up, here's a look at the new girl in town!

Isn't she pretty :)  Now imagine a white subway tile backsplash and black range hood.  Can you see it?

We went with Frigidaire Professional because we the hubs did lots of research and decided that this was the best for our price range.  I mentioned that we had a friend with appliance connections in my previous post about the kitchen remodel.  The connection was for Maytag, Kitchenaid, and Whirlpool.  We did get a great deal on a Maytag dishwasher.  However, we actually got a better deal on Frigidaire than what our friend could get for a comparable range from his brands.  The hubs found an online retailer that was offering an appliance sale and was able to get a local appliance store (Pieratts) to match the online dealer's price.  (It always pays to ask if a store will price match.)  We spent about $1900 total (which included tax, delivery, and new hoses for the dishwasher) for both appliances.  Subtracting the $1000 we earned from Craiglist-ing the old appliances, our out-of-pocket expense was just under $900.  Not too bad!  We still need to purchase a microwave, but first we need to decide how we're going to build that into the cabinets.

I broke in the new girl last night!  I'm not the best cook, but I do have a few crowd favorites.  This one is a personal favorite of mine.  I call it spicy garlic edamame, which is basically the three ingredients used to create this dish.  I'm good with the names aren't I?  Blog title - Our Fifth House - because we're living in our fifth house :)  

Anyways, time to dish:

Steam your frozen edamame.  Then drain and remove from heat.  Go once around your pan with EVOO.

Then add as much garlic as you'd like.  I usually do about half a teaspoon.

When the garlic starts to speak, add in your cooked edamame.  Mix it around a little, then add as much ground chili pepper as you'd like.  You could also use red pepper flakes or ground red pepper.  I used a chipotle chili pepper last night.  I like it hot, hot, hot, so I add a LOT!  Then add a pinch of kosher salt and ground pepper.  That's it!

It's soooo good!  A great healthy side or appetizer that takes all of maybe 10-15 minutes from start to pop-it-in-your-mouth goodness!  My daughter likes her edamame plain, so I just set aside a handful for her before adding it to the pan.

Dinner was simple last night.  Spicy garlic edamame with a miso noodle & tofu soup!  So good!  Honestly though, I could have heated up a can of Campbell's soup and it would have been the best thing we'd ever tasted.  It was just so nice to be able to cook again!  With the added bonus of not having to hand wash anything!  Holla!

Do you have any great 3 or 4 ingredient recipes you'd like to share?  I'm in to the simple stuff :)

Have a great weekend!


  1. So So pretty - I am showing this to TheHandyMan because updating our appliances is on our to-do list and this one screams "I am awesome" to me!

  2. Oh Carmel! It's soooo gorgeous! And yes on the 5 or less ingredient dinners - check out my Crockpot Pesto Chicken with Sweet Potatoes over at The Kitchen. Delish!

  3. Wow thats a beautiful stove. I cant wait to see everything all put together once its done. Although Id have given an arm and a leg to have what you started out with:)
    For easy recipes, buy the Pioneer Woman's cookbook. I bought it a week ago and have made 3 or 4 recipes already...theyre EASY, use ingredients you probably already have and taste amazing!!!!!

  4. She's gorgeous!!! Enjoy. My kiddos eat edamame almost every afternoon for a snack! Yummy.

  5. Sooo pretty!! I can see it now with your subway tile oohh :) And I LOVE edamame - yummy recipe!

  6. Oooh! She is very pretty and would look beautiful surrounded with subway tile! :) Enjoy!!

  7. What a beautiful stove! My hubby and I love edamame so we will have to try that out. Thanks for sharing!


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