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mykneesareback 11-20-2013 08:30 PM

THURSDAY'S Roll Call, Nov. 21
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Ok, appliance question: Is there such a thing as an oven that sits on the counter top, but is NOT a microwave oven, nor a toaster oven? I'm interested in getting an oven to bake a casserole, or some side dish on, while I have other uses for the big range oven, and not just at Thanksgiving time.
What say you, wise ladies that cook and bake a lot better than I ever will?

modon69478 11-20-2013 08:45 PM

I've heard that convection ovens are handy, Doris, but I don't really know how they work. Sorry...


Mssarge 11-21-2013 12:22 AM

Yep, there are Doris, some microwaves double as a convection ovens with a browning unit (a convection oven simply has a fan that moves the air within the oven and you cook at a lower temp because of it) but my favorite is the Ninja Cooking system. I first saw it last year, about this time as it was before Christmas. I priced it and it was expensive. I bought mine in the Spring and use it at least once a week. It is a slow cooker, a stove-top pot with three settings, low, medium and high, bakes and also has a steam bake (which makes very tender cakes and baked goods) and even has a buffet setting to keep food warm for serving. Cleans like a breeze and I've yet to have any sticky gunk on it. Check it out as I know both Amazon and QVC sell them as well as some of the big box stores.

I love mine but the only difference is when in the baking mode, it does not brown on top as the heat surrounds the pan, but nothing on top.but when making mac & cheese, or a gratin, or other casserole, it browns on the bottom so they call 'em upside down casseroles. And I have the counter=top (toaster) oven if I want to brown or grill anything.

Check out the toaster ovens, cause they aren't the same thing they used to be, there's a whole line of 'em that are super...mine is also a convection oven. I haven't turned the oven on in my range for years. Mine holds a dish about 11 x 9 inches which is a nice size for a casserole, the grilling pans are very good, and it will bake and broil anything. Easy to clean, and the top works well as a warming spot if you want to keep something warm while cooking in the oven. It's a Rival and I've had it for over 12 years, the one before was used about 15 and was a Black and Decker. Had it while in the Army and it bounced around all over.

Hope you find something that suits...they are so convenient...see ya manana...

Norfolk Mermaid 11-21-2013 07:13 AM

quickie check in.

LoveMontana 11-21-2013 07:46 AM

Thanks for the start off, Doris. Yes there is something that you are looking for. It is a convection/toaster oven.. Black and Decker has one as do Krups, Cuisinart , Emerson, and just about every other brand.

We have a small one that is used only on rare occasions.:dunno:

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Mssarge 11-21-2013 08:30 AM

Good morning all. Cloudy, rainy, foggy, and the freeways are a mess; sigalerts from one end of the basin to the other. Just goes to show SoCal drivers have a hard time driving when the roads are slick. I was planning on just curling up with the 'puter but I need to run to the Family History center to get my problems with the program corrected...oh well, life goes one even when the roads are slick.

Hope your day is a good one...bbl

Begete 11-21-2013 09:12 AM

Good morning everyone. Off to get a manicure this morning,,,,,followed by some serious cooking...

I could have sworn I posted last night!

Norfolk Mermaid 11-21-2013 11:45 AM

brrr the house is cold.
got the heat on for a little while to take the chill down a bit- wet hair as it is hair wash day. Heatin up the some of the huge pot of chili I made last week to warm up the inside of the bod a bit as well.
Beautiful day out and the cats are enjoying that.

Verleen 11-21-2013 07:26 PM

Good evening. Best wishes to Susan to a good outcome on your future surgery.

Babette, hope your colonoscopy goes okay.

I did buy the tree that already has the lights on it. The store had one on display and it was so nice. The larger lights really setup the whole tree. Now I hope I can get Rich's help in setting it up for me.

We had a minor problem with one of the cats yesterday. Harlan, Cathy's cat, jumped up onto one of the 6 ft cat trees/towers and knocked it over into a group of plants on stands. What a mess. We were lucky the tower did not go into the bay window glass.

It was interesting to see the trees that were hung upside down. I don't think I would go that route. Michele, do you know why that business did theirs that way?

We just found out that our home had a large inground swimming pool. It needed alot of work and the owners decided to fill it in rather than fix it.

Time to lay down. See you tomorrow.

Mssarge 11-21-2013 07:26 PM

OMG, our tenth to a quarter inch of rain was an understatement, or the gods decided to have fun with us. So glad I stayed close to home 'cause someone went through the canyon I use to go to Loma Linda, and a wall of water buried his car. Accidents all over the basin and my city made the news with flooding everywhere. Thank goodness, I live on a hill, and not on a major route for the water to run downhill.

I went up the hill to the Family History Center this morning for about two hours, then came home and have been working on my tree since. Went this morning 'cause I had made some mistakes yesterday and couldn't work 'em out. It's amazing to me how many of the folks are already in the system, I just have to connect my line to those already existing. Lainey, as I get used to these programs I'll be able to do some searching for you....won't be long, but maybe you'll get your answers from the other one.

My eyes are bugging out from all the 'puter work, so gotta rest 'em for a while. Now I can dry 'em out with the TV programs...a couple on TNT, then over to CBS....hope you all had a good day....I'm dry and that's what counts today in L.A.

Norfolk Mermaid 11-21-2013 08:41 PM

My new fav tv show was a little brutal for my taste
tonight. Guess they have to balance all that beauty and danceing/romance with a little reality of that times. We do the same thing now but with car wrecks and guns. Oh well.
I need to hit the ground running tomorrow to make the kitchen & dining/living room presentable for the food basket delivery from the Church Saturday.
Picked up a high pile of newspapers from next door and now Mary Ann gives me her left over ones as well- sorted most of them and tossed the doubles... bout all I did today and getting my hair washed. Dishwasher is going and the laundry is growing at a alarming rate but no time for that for a few days. Got to manage my time better some how.
SuSun I am so happy that your surg. will be much smaller and much easier on you than it could have been.
Off to bed with meself to rest up for a busy day tomorrow.
Verleen, that tree sounds splendid. Poor Kitty must have been scared riding that tree into the plants.
The chili is all but gone so I am wanting to make some soup- have not done a potato one in ages so I might try that or just fry some up with onions- love that dish a lot or maybe a big pot of white beans and ham- I even think I have split peas in that grocery tote bag filled with all sorts of bags of beans. My eyes are drooping so off I go to meet winkin and blinking & nod.

Shalbrihil 11-21-2013 08:50 PM

Good nite friends…zzz

LoveMontana 11-21-2013 09:01 PM

Hi ya Verleen, Good choice to buy a pre lit tree. Have two and it's so much easier. Take some pictures soon so we can see your new home all decorated.

:sleepy: Night all.

mykneesareback 11-21-2013 09:05 PM

hey Linda, I just tried to post on the other site, and it didn't go.

LoveMontana 11-21-2013 10:25 PM


modon69478 11-22-2013 01:09 PM

Verleen: I found this online about the upside down tree -

"The Christmas tree was first used by Saint Bonafice of Devonshire in the seventh century to explain the holy trinity to pagans. The Christmas tree was originally hung upside down so that pagans knew the tree was not simply a floral decoration but was instead a symbol of Christianity. By the 12th century, Christians across Europe were customarily hanging their tree upside down. Eventually, the tradition was replaced with the upright Christmas tree, so that the tree pointed toward heaven."

Mssarge 11-22-2013 01:33 PM

Interesting, thank you for posting this.

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