I never cooked much before marriage. My cooking experiences were limited to baking cakes or brownies in those days. I figured I’d enjoy “the good life” while I could! I was a smart girl!
My mother’s stove was electric, and I remember that one burner or another was always burning out. She was forever cooking on a four burner stove, with only two or three burners that worked!
When Ed and I got married, we bought a mobile home that came with a gas stove. It was a simple little stove, with three pilot lights. If a pilot light ever blew out, the house would smell like gas–and I was always scared to light the pilot lights!
The brand of my first stove was a “Frolic” by Brown. Ed’s cousin, Ricky, who played the piano at our wedding, always thought the name of my stove was quite humorous.
The stove brand may have been humorous to some, but I learned how to cook on that stove, and I cooked up a storm on it for over 19 years! Funny thing about those old gas stoves…they would last forever! The stove never did wear out, we just remodeled our kitchen, and got all new appliances after nearly twenty years!
My second stove was another gas one, but this one was a dud! We had trouble with it, almost from day one! It was made by Tappan. My mother-in-law bought a similar model, same brand, and had problems with hers as well.
By then, gas stoves had a pilotless ignition. About half the time our burners wouldn’t light! Then the burners would smoke up the outside of our pots. It was always something! My oven tore up–twice! It was so expensive to replace the element in the oven, that we ended up buying a new stove the second time that it stopped working.
It’s funny, I can’t remember the brand of my third gas stove, but I loved it very much! It had different sizes of burners that produced different levels of heat. The burner on the front left was for frying. It had a really large flame. One of the back burners was small, and just right for simmering things. The other two burners were medium, for general cooking. I cooked on the stove until we built our new house, and decided to go “total electric”. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like switching to electric, after 35 years of cooking with gas.
I found my “dream stove” at Lowes. It was a Samsung, with lots of “bells and whistles”. It cost more than any stove that I’d ever owned–and it was black! (I decided to go with black appliances for the new house.) It had a flat top, and was capable of convection baking, as well as regular baking. It had an extra burner, for keeping food warm, and a warming drawer in the bottom, too. So many fun features to play with–then suddenly I developed a dislike for cooking! Isn’t that the way it goes?! Cooking on an electric stove isn’t the problem…it’s just cooking in general!
Although I love my “dream stove’, these days, it sits idle a lot. I usually cook a couple of big meals a week, warm up the left-overs a couple of nights, grill one night, then eat out a couple of nights. It’s hard to pass up “all you can eat” for five dollars on “senior citizen’s night”! I call this my “retirement schedule”. I think I like it! At this rate, that black Samsung stove should last me for a long, long time.
*Let me enter a word of caution here, before I go. Black appliances are very hard to keep clean! They show everything! I had white appliances for thirty-five years, while raising three children, and they stayed cleaner than these black ones do–with no children in the house! They show every scratch, smear, spill, and fingerprint! Who knew that two adults could be so messy 🙂