Gearing Up to Cook

GE Monogram Stove

Moving is a slow and steady process. Actually, that’s not true.  It’s more like hurry up and wait. But the pots and pans are still safely tucked away in their boxes and the cookbooks are stored in my parents basement.  Needless to say, I haven’t been doing a whole lot of thrilling cooking.

We did, however, make a purchase. 

And I’m dreaming of the pies that will come from this quirky oven and the bacon I will fry on the range.  The gas stove and oven sit next to a wood burning stove that will keep our kitchen cozy and warm.  My mother thinks I’m crazy for loving an appliance made before my grandfather went bald, but it suits me.

Have you cooked with an antique stove?  Any tips for regulating the temperature in this old oven?

GE Monogram antique stove

I promise to be back soon with some actual food!

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  1. I love your new (old) woodstove! I’ve never cooked one before, but My grandmother had one in our basement that she cooked on when I was very little. My mom said that she could make the best biscuits in that oven! 🙂

    • I love the memory! And I’m so excited to make biscuits in this oven!

  2. I have such exciting and mixed feelings when I see your “new” range. Where I live now I could not contemplate using it 7 months of the year, because it’s so darn hot here and this puppy will heat your whole house while you are pie baking or even stovetop cooking. HOWEVER, once you get your temperatures consisent, you will have the most wonderful foods – even from (especially from) your stovetop. There is nothing more consistent than an iron range. I dream (50 years after the fact) of the incredible “creamed eggs” Aunt Vi broke and stirred on the stovetop grill. The eggs were from bug pecking chickens, the cream was from the freshly milked Jersey cow, and the stove knew just what to do. I’ve never been able to replicate it to any degree with my otherwise trusty cast iron skillet and supermarket-purchased eggs and cream. My parents insisted it was more the stove than the eggs and cream, and I had to admit defeat after a few weeks efforts. May I stop by and pat your stove with affection – no I am not a stove stalker (I don’t think :-)). Oh, and you will learn to wave your hand inside the oven and determine the “right” temperature. You will feel like a magician.

    • I love that “the stove just knew what to do”. Amazing! And yes, I’m quite sure this thing will be hot hot hot. Which is great here in New England about 8 moths of the year… but in the summer, no way! I’m thinking the summer will mean lots of grilling, and maybe I’ll check out a convection oven/microwave thingy too!

      • And steaming lobsters outdoors is an incredible outdoor summer tradition in New England. I could not believe people casually selected lobsters at the supermarket. Heaven. Keep us posted on your stove developing skills. I’m sure there will be some fun stories involved, including sourcing wood and kindling.

      • Oh, and I have some of my grandmother’s irons – just in case you need to heat them on the stove as you press your ruffly curtains. Heh, heh. You’ll never lack things to do when the power goes out.

  3. What a terrific range! I would love one like this and would get so inspired!

  4. Your new antique cooking range looks really cool..I wish I had one too!

  5. I’m absolutely GREEN with envy. I guess the only hints I have are – don’t load it up with too much wood because it doesn’t take much to maintain temperature and they’re so efficient a stick will last forever. Once they heat up…well they heat up. That’s why where I grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada a lot of people had summer kitchens where the wood range reigned supreme and the rest of the house stayed cool…and yes, it does get screamin’ hot way up there (and humid too).
    I can’t wait to read about your pies and bread..oh the bread..and soup..and well just everything! Lucky, lucky, lucky you! Congratulations!

  6. I adore this stove, it is absolutely stunning. I have no tips, sorry! I guess just experimenting, have fun!
    Heidi xo

  7. I can’t wait to see the food that comes our of your new oven! Great site. Looking forward to more.

  8. Good for you, Katie! This is a spectacular piece—one that I have no experience with—so I’m very anxious to see what wonders you’ll cook up!

  9. What an adorable little oven! Can’t wait to see what it produces!

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