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New Toy for the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast chef

Everyone deserves a new toy every now and than.  Thursday, March 4, 2010, was an exciting day at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast.  The bed and breakfast Executive Chef and co-owner (that’s me) was the happy recipient of a new GE dual-fuel range.

See, Joseph Oregon is not anywhere close to natural gas lines.  That’s one of the reasons we decided to open our Hells Canyon Byway lodging way out here where we’re somewhat remote from things like natural gas.  I’ve been wanting a gas range ever since we opened the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast and it’s only taken me 10 years to get it!

It might not excite you, but the beauty of this baby is that is has a gas top and two electric ovens–the best of both worlds.  And it fit in the bed and breakfast kitchen without getting out my Sawzall!

Having the ability to quickly control the temperature on the range with the gas is awesome!  I tried it out Thursday night with lamb chops.  They were seasoned only with salt and pepper and seared in the skillet, then rested in the oven while I made a reduction sauce.  I sweated some shallots and threw in some small crimini mushrooms with a little butter, and added a cup and a half of exquisite $3.95/bottle Merlot.  Once the liquid reduced to about half, I added a couple of tablespoons of butter.

While the sauce was reducing, I boiled up a big pot of water and cooked rice noodles.  I then pan-fried them with scallions and tamari.

Heather & I had a very delicious dinner.  We were so excited with the new stove that we forgot to take photographs of the stove in action or of our dinner before we ate it.

Now we’re ready for the Eastern Oregon vacation season.  C’mon guests!

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