I recently moved from Rochester, NY to Seattle, WA. One of the nuisances we don’t consider when we move is having to learn the peculiarities of a new stove. My old stove was a gas range. Will my new one be gas, or electric? And if it’s electric (which I must admit is a more efficient way to cook), how long will it take me to learn its idiosyncrasies?
What, for example, is a “4.5” on the settings dial? Or how does “medium high” translate into actual heat?
Ovens are pretty simple: they have a temperature right on the dial. And with the help of a decent oven thermometer, it’s easy to check the dial’s accuracy and recalibrate it.
But I’m not going to worry about that right now. Right now my main goal is finding a place to live. While living in Rochester, I had forgotten that Washington State law allows a landlord to collect an amount 3 times the monthly rent before letting you move in: first and last month’s rent, plus a damage deposit equal to the monthly rent. On top of that, most landlords also demand a $40 application fee to cover the cost of running a background check on potential tenants.
Had I remembered that, I’d have stayed in Rochester until I had saved up enough money to cover those costs.
And that, my faithful readers, is why I have no new recipes for you: I don’t have a kitchen!