What to cook first

Decisions… decisions… decisions…

As we’re getting closer to the end of our remodel I have been thinking about all the things I want to make in my new kitchen, but can’t decide what should be “first”. I will likely be preparing “dinner”, but then I have so much to unpack, wipe down, and clean… I may not have the energy, but I still want to plan.

By the way… this is my new range…

It is an Electrolux EW30DF65GS, it is dual-fuel (gas top, electric convection oven), dual-oven (only one oven is convection) and has 5 burners… I CANNOT WAIT!!!

Here’s where I need your help… where do I start???



  • French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Pot Roast
  • Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Gouda Cheese Sauce
  • Barb’s Potatoes
  • Dorothy’s Potatoes
  • Turkey (my new range has a “Turkey Timer” I want to try)
  • Stew
  • Bread
  • Chicken Noodle Soup – may try making my own noodles, but would have to cut by hand as I don’t have pasta machine or attachment for my mixer
  • UPDATE: Homemade Pizza


  • White Chocolate Chip Cookies (my recipe)
  • Cake Balls/Cake Pops (I adapted Bakerella’s recipe in years past, but now that I have her cookbook I want to try some variations)
  • Sugar cookies — I’m searching for the “perfect” sugar cookie. I found a new recipe last year that I really liked, but I want one that is soft and chewy (like a chocolate chip cookie texture) not hard like a shortbread. Any suggestions?
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Lemon loaf (Hubby’s Nana’s recipe)
  • Gingerbread house or cookies
  • Red Velvet cake
  • Fudge (both chocolate and white chocolate – I can’t eat chocolate)
  • Candy Cane Kiss Cookies (adapted to not have chocolate chips)
  • Cake with Yummy Marshmallow Fondant
  • UPDATE: Popcorn Cake


  • Nuts-N-Bolts (family recipe that took me 8 years to perfect (I’ve been told I should sell it as a mass-market snack) ;)

Family/Friends, anything else I’ve made over the years you’d like me to make?

5 comments to What to cook first

  • Oh attachments don’t make the best noodles. I like them better hand cut anyway!!! I’ve learned that a herb mincer works real well in making noodles.

  • Kate

    mmmm… it all sounds so good! I am curious to hear how the “turkey” setting works. But for a first use my vote is for the sweet potato gnocchi, that sounds especially delicious! If I may I would also suggest that if you are ever in a Le Creuset store (lol!) take a look at their tajines. The ones they sell come with a few recipes (like a honey-spiced chicken tajine), and you can find many more in Moroccan cookbooks. It is a beautiful dish, and cooking in it is easy, fun, and the food is so moist and flavorful!


    • Stef

      Me at a Le Creuset store… never! ;) You remember I have my “preferred customer” postcard with a 35% off anything over $100 right? ;) Brent’s mentioned you have a Moroccan Tajine. I’ve seen them, but not sure how much I’d use it. My cookbook has recipes (but can’t get to it right now), so I might take a look at it when I can look at the recipes. Shhhhhhh, don’t tell Hubby! ;)

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