For those of you who know me well, you know that Primitive Cooking has nothing to do with an open fire, and quite frankly, nothing to do with even an old wood stove. No, for the girl (and guy!) who outsourced cooking for the first several years of our relationship, it doesn't take much to reach "primitive" in my mind. This week, primitive means making do without the cooktop. Don't ask why--it's complicated and we're crossing our fingers it will solve itself sometime soon.
Now, as overachievers, once we decided to cook for ourselves, we overdid it a little. We have an oven, a microwave oven, a convection oven, a toaster--really, the options for heating food in our kitchen are pretty much unneccesarily broad. That said, we really like to use the cooktop. Even when something will eventually make its way to the oven, we usually start with some part of it on the cooktop. So living without, and still being committed to reducing our restuarant budget, means creativity in the kitchen.
Lucky for me, my husband rocks at that. Tonight, he baked some bacon in the convection oven, used the fat and other ingredients to make a bacon vinaigrette, then threw together a taco salad with the dressing. Yum!
Where do you do your cooking? What are you favorite non-cooktop recipes?