This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Kenmore.

Never underestimate the excitement of a new kitchen appliance. My 21-year-old self just cringed in horror when I wrote tha—oh, who am I kidding, my 21-year-old self was as nerdy as my 30-year-old self is now. My 21-year-old self, in fact, might even have been more excited than my 30-year-old about a new kitchen appliance because my 21-year-old self often had to choose between contact lens solution and shampoo, my pitiful student budget not stretching so far as to encompass both. A conclusion then: new kitchen appliances are exciting at any age.

So since we last left off, I have been enjoying my new oven immensely. It is still shiny, it is still large, and it still causes a sharp intake of breath on my part when I walk past it in the kitchen and remember that it has taken the place of the filthy, grease-spattered, 1985 special which occupied the house when we moved in.

Yeah, you’re thinking, it looks nice. But what can it do?

Friends, today I would like to talk about its double ovens. That’s not a euphemism, though it sounds like one---whoa, check out the double ovens on that thing!---but rather a rather enjoyable feature of my new Kenmore Elite 30” Freestanding Gas Range (try saying that three times fast. Oh alright then, try saying it twelve times fast after a couple of glasses of eggnog, that ought to be more of a challenge.)

Do you know what it means to have double ovens? (That’s what she said, etcetera.) (I can’t stop.) It means—brace yourselves---you can cook two things at once at entirely different temperatures.

I know, I know, it doesn’t seem too earth-shattering. Until you think about it, that is. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to me and cooking, I operate on a “feast or famine” type model. (Ha! Feast or famine! See what I did there? Cooking pun!) If I’m making something, I really like to be making something, which means not just making one something but making several somethings. I cannot make just a batch of cookies. I need to make a batch of cookies and also a quiche and perhaps even some sort of au gratin potato dish too, just for kicks. I mean, the flour’s out already, right? Those measuring spoons aren’t going to wash themselves; might as well use every single one in the bunch.

Problem is, this often turns into an all-day cooking extravaganza, because the cookies need to go in at 350, but the quiche has to be done at 450 and the potatoes are somewhere in the middle at 375. And for some reason you can’t just cook things at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time and have them turn out right, I mean thanks for nothing, SCIENCE.

But double ovens save the day! A couple of weekends ago, for instance, I had some friends over for book club. (What, like you don’t spend your Saturday evenings discussing literary symbolism and the author’s use of onomatopoeia.) Because I am nothing if not an overachiever, I decided to make a spicy sausage dip, a red potato and blue cheese tart, and a gooey plate of caramel/chocolate/oatmeal bars that add five pounds to your hips if they are so much as looked at. And here is the really novel part: I cooked them all at the same time. The tart and the pan of gooey deliciousness went in the top oven together, thanks to a mutual agreement that they would both like to be cooked at the same temperature, but the sausage dip—more of a maverick, it seems—needed to be cooked at an entirely different temperature. Not a problem for my new stove: I just popped it in the bottom oven at its searingly hot, blister-inducing preferred temperature and went about my business. Three things cooking at two different temperatures in one oven! That’s the future right there.

So here’s the thing: if you would like to win an identical oven—or a refrigerator, a dishwasher, or washer/dryer, your choice—head on over to the BlogHer round-up page and leave a comment there. If you would like to increase your ratio of new kitchen appliances to non-new kitchen appliances, leave a comment here as well and you’ll be entered to win one of those swanky toasters I was telling you about last week. In honor of our 21-year-old selves, just tell me if you are cooler now or then. Unfortunately, I was definitely cooler then.

(I know toasters aren’t generally considered swanky, as it goes, but this one is probably fairly high up in the swankiness stakes, when it comes to toasters. Like, I bet this toaster goes out to lunch and all the other toasters are really catty about it, like ooh, look how fancy SHE thinks she is. Brushed aluminum, huh? LCD display, huh? Well, excuuuuuse me, your HIGHNESS.)

(Also, what do you think toasters eat when they go out to lunch? I mean, sandwiches would seem….wrong somehow, you know?)

Here are the official rules. Good luck! I really want you to win something. You seem nice.


Nov 26, 2010

Loooove these appliances and love your blog. Domesticity = happiness :)

Nov 26, 2010

Definitely cooler at 21; however, much better budget now.

Nov 26, 2010

I discovered your blog through Apartment Therapy and I love it! I really liked how you redid your kitchen working with what you had, it turned out awesome. And I'm really jealous of your double oven, have fun with it!

Nov 26, 2010

Ooooh, a toaster! My 36-year-old self would love of these beauties.

Nov 26, 2010

Oh, probably far cooler at 21. Seeing as how I can hardly imagine my 21-year-old self scrubbing the kitchen floor at 8 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving, on purpose.

Nov 26, 2010

Looks Beautimas! :-) Enjoy!

Nov 26, 2010

That toaster is totally swanky. I've love to have one of those in my double oven...wait...

Nov 26, 2010

Well believe it or not but I think I'm cooler now then when I was 21 I was so shy and I'm still bookish but so not shy....and my now cool self definately needs a cool toaster....

Nov 26, 2010

I can't win an oven or a toaster, because I'm Canadian and we don't cook things, apparently. Actually, we just rip the raw seal meat off the carcas with our teeth :)

BUT!!! I do want to ask a question about that lovely oven for if I ever do want to stop eating my seal raw and roast it with some apples or something. My question is, can those smaller oven compartments accommodate a large turkey or roast (and/or seal carcas?)? They look kind of short.

Anyways, I guess I could just haul the old carcas over to my local Sears and see if I could stuff it in there, but thought I'd ask and save myself the trouble. Thanks Holly!

Nov 26, 2010

Way cooler when I was 21, although also completely unaware of how cool I was, alas.

Nov 26, 2010

The husband and I actually just asked for a "dope toaster" on our Christmas wishlist! That would fit the bill!

PS I also have to say that I am loving your new kitchen and admiring your courage to DIY. Job well done!

Nov 26, 2010

Ahh, I was definitely cooler at 21. Although, I don't think I would want to be that cool again - I would be exhausted.

Nov 26, 2010

My 21 year old self would've definitely THOUGHT that she was much cooler than I am now, but she would have been terribly mistaken. She would've cringed that, at 33, I'm spending my Friday night drinking a glass of white wine while watching reruns of West Wing and catching up on favorite blogs instead of gearing up for a night out at the bars. However, I am now a more self-assured and much less selfish person. Sure I'll typically choose a cup of tea over a shot and would rather hang out at a friend's house than hit up the latest club, but I can also get out of bed a hell of a lot easier the next morning!

Nov 26, 2010

I think the toasters would have salad. But definitely without croutons.

Nov 26, 2010

My 21 year old self thought she was pretty cool and she was MUCH more likely than my currently almost 32 year old mother of an almost 7 month old self to go out (of the house! dressed in something other than sweats!) on a Friday night. Yesterday I got in the car at 4:30pm with the baby and actually said something to her about going out so late in the day. However, my 31 year old self is probably happier than Ms. 21.

Nov 26, 2010

Cooler now, for sure! Love me a new toaster...

Nov 26, 2010

I'm definitely cooler now. Back at 21 I didn't know my ass from my elbow. Happier now too! AND I would be even MORE happier if I had a swanky toaster. And also that stove... and perhaps the washer and dryer. Ohhh, household appliances, how I love thee...

Nov 26, 2010

It's a tough call, seeing as how both of my selves will eat cheesecake until they've both reached post-Thanksgiving dinner fullness capacity with no thought of self-respect. In fact, 26-year-old self just did that now. How many cheesecakes can I bake with such an oven?!? Any number more than one is supremely disgusting/life-changing, depending on how much one love's cheesecake.

Nov 26, 2010

I was cooler then, but happier now.

Nov 26, 2010

I asked for a mixer for my 26th birthday and that's when I first started to become excited about kitchen instruments...10 years ago. I USED to blow my tax returns on clothes, vacations and lemon drop martinis. Today? Stackable washer! New range! Oh, I'd kill for a new hood.

Nov 26, 2010

That oven is simply lovely. I'm practically green with envy.

Nov 26, 2010

Sadly, I think I am cooler now at 36.... But I would still like a toaster!

Nov 26, 2010

Perhaps Im not cooler now, but I'm definitely more appreciative of a good toaster. I still have the one I bought when I first moved out...wait for it...12 years ago! It either makes warm bread or charcoal but my way cooler 21yr old self didn't mind. Btw I imagine toasters eat the crumbies that collect inside them.

Nov 26, 2010

Ohh, I want a cool toaster!

And.... I was 21 just 2 years ago...

I can't say that I'm much different. Then, I was a poor college student... Now I'm a poor grad student/home owner that would love love love to have some snazzy kitchen appliances!

Nov 26, 2010

Hmm, that's debatable. At 21 I was in college and everything was new and cool. Now I'm an "adult" and life (my future) is less of a question mark, which I think is pretty cool too.

Nov 27, 2010

I was definitely cooler then.
I went to bed at 7am, and hung out at drum and bass clubs with my DJ housemates, and snowboarded every week. I lived on a diet of bagels and soup and vodka.

Last week however, I drove 45minutes {thats a UK 45 minutes - so, to a whole other city!} to my mums house just to use her magimix. Oh, how life has changed.

Nov 27, 2010

I wish I was cooler then, as I am most definitely *not* feeling cool now. However, I think I was a bit of a late bloomer cool-wise, and peaked at 30, then rapidly declined since then!

Thanks for the chance to win. . .

Nov 27, 2010

Definitely cooler now. It is amazing what ten years can do to your self esteem and cooking abilities!

Nov 27, 2010

So much cooler in my younger years. So much. I am, by definition, am old fuddy duddy.

anna samantha
Nov 27, 2010

I just had an oven catastrophe and no longer have a range at all. It's a good thing I celebrate Thanksgiving at my best friend's house and it is a good thing I bring things that don't require baking!!! Disaster averted...for now. Oh how I'd love the gift of a new oven.

Kate (and Ben)
Nov 27, 2010

Although I am envious of your new oven, I am also very envious of your Saturday night book club. That sounds like fun.

Keenie Beanie
Nov 27, 2010

I love your new range... I tried to convince the husband that I NEEDED two ovens when we replaced our range recently. But he disagreed and neatly prevented further argument by saying "You don't even cook; I do it all." Well played, sir.

However, we have a REALLY crappy toaster that he's also refusing to replace due to an impending overseas move which will render any newly purchased appliances useless to us. So I could really get on board with karma blessing me with a free toaster so I don't have to eat half burnt/half raw toast for the next 6 to 9 months.

Nov 27, 2010

Still in love with your kitchen (and your bookshelves)!

Nov 27, 2010

I'd love a new toaster! I'm a big Battlestar Galactica fan (the new series) and they call the Cylon robots "toasters". Just a little trivia for you there.

Nov 27, 2010

I think that a new appliance is totally exciting.

I am dreaming of a Kitchen-Aid mixer. :)

Double ovens sounds divine... totally would open up your cooking capabilities.

Nov 27, 2010

Of course, I'm super cool and always have been. It's the internet; I can believe whatever I want.

Nov 27, 2010

I'd love a new toaster! I'd give it to my mom, she's been saying she'd love one!

Nov 27, 2010

Oh good lord, I was definitely much cooler when I was 21. I'm lucky now if I can stay up past 10:30, and then I was partying till all hours of the night.

Nov 27, 2010

i would love to win one of these

Nov 27, 2010

Definitely cooler now, as I have a home, have children and I know who I am. Most days. I love the new kitchen, as always, flawless taste. Kudos.

Nov 27, 2010

Cooler now. Less drinking on Thursdays for sure, but still cooler now.

Nov 27, 2010

I don't think I've ever been cool, but I probably am slightly cooler now than at 21, simply because I am smart enough to know better.

Tracy D
Nov 27, 2010

I would REALLY REALLY REALLY love to win the stove (or the toaster...)! I just made a bazillion Thanksgiving side dishes (which took all day) and a double oven would have made things so much easier! Also, I managed to melt aluminum foil to the bottom of my oven and it isn't coming out. Apparently aluminum foil contains some sort of Teflon, which has a melting/catch on fire/scare the crap out of me and the cats while triggering the smoke detector point of about 450 degrees. Awesome!

Also, since I've lit at least 2 toaster ovens on fire within the last 12 months, my husband will not allow me to acquire another; however, toasters are not the same as a toaster oven, and therefore, I can have one of those. The one you described sounded quite fancy and I think it would be perfect in my flame-prone kitchen. Much less susceptible to fire than a toaster oven...or aluminum foil in the oven.

Nov 27, 2010

Cooler + happier now, I was lost at 21 :)

Nov 27, 2010

Not sure I've ever been cool, but I would say I'm marginally cooler now. But, I have a feeling when I look back in 14 more years, I'll still say, 'What in the world was I thinking wearing THAT?'

Shelly aka allysmama
Nov 27, 2010

I'm cooler now...I have everything I was dreaming about at 21...a loving hubby,a beautiful family and a home of my own~ What more could I ask for....except maybe a new Kenmore stove to replace my 20 yr old one!

Tsh Oxenreider
Nov 27, 2010

Yahoo for cool appliances!

I stayed up waaaaay later at 21 and did more out-on-the-town things than I do now at 33. The kidlets force me to stay at home from 8 p.m. and on. I do have much better taste in music now, though.

Nov 28, 2010

I miss the carefree-ness of 21, but budget-wise, I just would never want to go back!

Nov 28, 2010

Definitely cooler then. I mean, I used to stay awake past 10 p.m.! I was so crazy.

Kristy B
Nov 28, 2010

Cooler and Happier.

Nov 28, 2010

I am much cooler now than I was at 21. Kinda amazing what can change in 5 years!

Nov 28, 2010

I never have been cool. I have however, always loved appliances. Yeah, I'm totally that girl.

Nov 28, 2010

Probably about the same, I think. Not much cool but perfectly ok with that.

Nov 28, 2010

My kids think I MUST have been cooler back then, but I suspect I was always kind of a book-loving geek. At least I was thinner.

Nov 28, 2010

I am cooler!

Mary Lonnevik
Nov 28, 2010

I would so love to have the range with the double oven. My kitchen is in desperate need of updating but no funds! I have a double oven that was installed in the 70's. The top oven doesn't work anymore & the lower oven's handle is broken and I have to use a spoon to open it. I love to bake so it is a real annoyance not to have them working properly. Unfortunately there is no money in our budget to replace now or in the forseeable future!:( Please pick me!

Nov 28, 2010

Sounds heavenly! I had to bake 2 pans of sausage egg casserole for my husband's office party and they didn't fit well in my oven, and due to the inconsistent oven heat or something, one of them ended up not quite done! Maybe mine will die someday so I can get one of these! I could certainly use a swanky new toaster as well- Merry Christmas to me?

Nov 28, 2010

Oooh! A new fridge!

Nov 28, 2010

I think I am cooler now. But I don't think that is saying much.

Nov 29, 2010

I think the toaster's got both my 21-year-old and current-age self beat on the coolness. Sigh.

Nov 29, 2010

The only amount of coolness I have now is simply because the definition of what is cool has changed, in my favor, over the past dozen or so years. :)

Rebecca Jeppson
Nov 29, 2010

I would love that brave little toaster!

Mary Daiger
Nov 29, 2010

I totally have appliance envy! :)


Nov 29, 2010

After much pondering, I'd have to say I'm about the same... Only 2 years removed from my twenty-oneness, and not much has changed.

Nov 29, 2010

Who in their right mind would turn down a swanky toaster?? I do already have two ovens (wall ones) and so can appreciate the pure joy of being able to cook multiple items at different temperatures, but mine are circa early 1980s and square, so nothing really fits well in them (nor are they at all consistent in heating). We'll be redoing the kitchen in the next few years, and I already had a double-oven-stove-range-thingy on my list but hadn't seen one that had everything I wanted. I think this one now does! Thanks for the review, which will make my decision-making much easier.

Nov 29, 2010

kitchen looks great!

definitely cooler then :)

Sarah Pearse
Nov 29, 2010

no doubt, cooler now... thank god!

Nov 29, 2010

cooler then :) love your kitchen

Nov 29, 2010

Great review!

Nov 29, 2010

I may have been "cooler" at 21, but I'm probably more tolerable at the ripe old age of 31.

Nov 29, 2010

Definitely cooler now, although my bedtime would disagree.

Nov 29, 2010

I believe toasters would most likely eat vegetables. You know, to help clean out all the crumbs from their insides. Toasters don't stay snazzy looking just by luck.

Nov 29, 2010

I was happier in some ways, but not in the ways that I am now...cooler? Not sure I ever was cool!
I think toasters would have pizza for lunch.

Nov 29, 2010

I'm definitely cooler now. It's hard to be cool when one is growing up in the suburbs of Utah, as you now know from reading Under the Banner of Heaven. :)

Nov 29, 2010

Well, gotta go with cooler at 21-self!

Nov 29, 2010

ooh i love the double oven!

Nov 30, 2010

We have just purchased an older home and are saving up to do a complete kitchen makeover, so it would be difficult to choose any one appliance. Perhaps the new range would be top on the list.

Nov 30, 2010

Definitely cooler way back when. Now, i just love this home. Wow...does that sound sad.. Oh well

Brittney Smith
Nov 30, 2010

Wow! I'd love to win! Thanks for the chance!

Nov 30, 2010

I'd say cooler now. I think?

Nov 30, 2010

If my music buys are any indication, I was definitely cooler at 21 (Morrissey, Paul Westerberg, Sonic Youth) than I am at 32 (just yesterday I purchased a Natasha Bedingfield song on itunes. The shame!).

Nov 30, 2010

I feel as though I am a totally different kind of cool now (into my 30's) than I was at 21. Though, like you, both selves would be completely stoked about kitchen appliances! Especially today self who just watched her husband get excited about taking the hammer to the wall much like the picture of your husband in your kitchen remodel. It's going be to a long few months while with this project!

Nov 30, 2010

Totally cooler now (at 22) than I was at 21 (two months ago). But it is true: kitchen appliances are cool and exciting at any age, once you move out on your own and learn the truth about financing yourself, and wonder why you insisted on that English degree. Oh, well.

Erin @ Fierce Beagle
Nov 30, 2010

My toaster is a white plastic hand-me-down. I could do with an upgrade.

Nov 30, 2010

My new family and I moved into a new house six months ago and we are slowly renovating it room by room. Maybe next year will bring me a new kitchen!
In the meantime, I just started cooking last year when I became a part of this "new family". Having never cooked before, the kitchen holds a new excitement that I've never experienced. I'm loving the recipes I get to try. It would be great to implement my kitchen with a new stove/oven. Ours is a little on the slow side!

Amanda Albritton
Dec 01, 2010

Unfortunately much cooler at 21; I would have never thought a toaster was a good gift at 21 but'd love one!

Dec 01, 2010

I'm way cooler now at 26. I was in a relationship at 21 where I let the guy walk all over me. I'm way more awesome as a super cool single girl now!

Anne Weber-Falk
Dec 01, 2010

A double oven and new toaster...bliss, total cooking bliss...sighhh

Dec 01, 2010

I would have to say cooler now. (49) I'd say lasagna with plenty of cheese and sauce.

Dec 01, 2010

I want that oven, but because I rent I'll settle for the toaster. :)

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