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Kitchen Remodel starting now

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On 1/26/2017 at 7:50 PM, gfweb said:

Half the cabinets are in and so is the stove. Finally there's fire in the kitchen again.

Big oven. Takes a full sheet pan and could cook a small flock of chickens. Nice hot burners that simmer well too.

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Which model of Blue Star did you choose?

 

Also, looking at the pictures you've posted I can't figure out where your refrigerator is relative to your sink and stove.

 

Your finished kitchen is nothing less than amazing.

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Thanks @Porthos

 

Which Bluestar? The cheapest! BlueStar Culinary Series RCS366BV2. Open burners, so crud falls into a tray underneath. About 1/2 the price of a Wolf and 2/3 of a Viking or GE. Made locally and has great reviews. Feels solid.

I love it. It takes some getting used to; the burners are hot. The old Vulcan it turns out was wimpy.

 

The fridge is opposite the fireplace. In the above photo it is behind me and to my left.

 

 

 

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@gfweb  When you move into the realm of the likes of Blue Star, you chose the least expensive. :D

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That kitchen looks gorgeous, and looks like it will be a pleasure for cooking and visiting.  Congratulations, @gfweb!

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One addition to the kitchen.  Finally found a utility cart at IKEA to house the CSO and Instant Pot.  Now they're off the countertop and everything looks cleaner.  I collect aprons as souvenirs and decided to hang them up behind the CSO.  I know fire hazard.  Will roll the cart out to use the CSO.  Just got a new apron from Silver Oak winery in Napa this weekend.  Some others are from Paris, London, Cinque Terre, Culinary Institute in Napa, Florence, Telluride and Salty's Restaurant in Seattle.

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@Jacksoup

 

Nice.  Love the idea of collecting aprons although mine are all utilitarian and very plain.  That utility cart appears perfect for the IP and the CSO. I would be lying if I didn't say I was the tiniest bit jealous  or if I failed to mention that I am looking at the kitchen cart that my IP sits on which will not accommodate a CSO as well.

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11 hours ago, Jacksoup said:

One addition to the kitchen.  Finally found a utility cart at IKEA to house the CSO and Instant Pot.  Now they're off the countertop and everything looks cleaner.  I collect aprons as souvenirs and decided to hang them up behind the CSO.  I know fire hazard.  Will roll the cart out to use the CSO.  Just got a new apron from Silver Oak winery in Napa this weekend.  Some others are from Paris, London, Cinque Terre, Culinary Institute in Napa, Florence, Telluride and Salty's Restaurant in Seattle.

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The aprons are a great decoration idea. I have one from the TVfoodnetwork.

Why the TV is mounted so high? Could cause a pain in the neck.

 

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@dcarch

 I will let @Jacksoupanswer for herself but my "kitchen" TV is at a similar height.  It's not a TV I sit down to watch long programs on. It's a TV I glance up at every once in a while.  Putting it that high keeps it out of the way of splatters  and other potential kitchen disasters. If I want to sit down and enjoy a program this would not be the TV of choice.


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@gfweb.... DUDE!!!!   I just saw your pics...we've got the same BlueStar !      I think I ended up with a 17" backsplash on it. 

It is absolutely a BEAST for cooking!!   Seems to boil water in half the time of the old stove. Especially the front left burner- which I assume is the dominant one. 

They had to use 4 people, plus an air jack to install it. Its built like a tank.   Your kitchen looks lovely, btw! 

 

Congrats!!!! 

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@ChocoMom Highly cool. This range is a beast. I love it.... boils so quick.  Makes the big old Vulcan look like an EasyBake. But if I have any complaint is that the low setting on the non-simmer burners is still too hot eg for scrambling eggs. And the broiler is nuclear hot. I incinerated some polenta the other day.

 

But I'm learning.

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I have a Wolf gas stove top and the lowest setting is low BUT only in one spot so I don't feel it cooks very evenly.  I bought a heavy duty diffuser for use on this low setting and it works fantastically well.  I use it with my clay pots also.

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@dcarch  @Anna N   Anna is correct, I don't watch entire shows on this TV.  It's not a bad angle because I'm looking at it while standing up.  Also it has a Pandora app, a lot of the use is for music

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On 20/03/2017 at 7:32 AM, Anna N said:

@Jacksoup

 

Nice.  Love the idea of collecting aprons although mine are all utilitarian and very plain.  

Yeah, mine too. I have dozens but seldom think to wear one unless I'm cooking or baking with a little person. My clothes, in consequence, usually get blue-bagged because of cooking stains and oily spots rather than wearing out. 

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22 hours ago, gfweb said:

...But if I have any complaint is that the low setting on the non-simmer burners is still too hot eg for scrambling eggs. And the broiler is nuclear hot. I incinerated some polenta the other day.

 

21 hours ago, Okanagancook said:

I have a Wolf gas stove top and the lowest setting is low BUT only in one spot so I don't feel it cooks very evenly.  I bought a heavy duty diffuser for use on this low setting and it works fantastically well.  I use it with my clay pots also.

gfweb, I was going to suggest a diffuser, as well. It should work to slightly lower the heat of your lowest setting.

 

 

 

 

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15 hours ago, chromedome said:

Yeah, mine too. I have dozens but seldom think to wear one unless I'm cooking or baking with a little person. My clothes, in consequence, usually get blue-bagged because of cooking stains and oily spots rather than wearing out. 

I almost exclusively wear t-shirts, mostly with logos or saying on them. For some reason I don't like wearing aprons when doing my ren faire cooking, which includes making up the sanitizing bleach water. When a t-shirt of mine gets stained, it goes into a drawer of my "faire shirts" about which I don't care if they get more stains.

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