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Sunday, March 6, 2016

2016 Already?!

My how time flies.  A lot has happened since the last time I've posted.  It's been a busy 3 years and I cannot believe what's in store for us!

We went from having 1 adorable daughter (C), to having 3!  Our second daughter (A) was born in 2014, and our son (N) was born in 2015.  We certainly have our hands full!  It's been such an amazing journey with them so far.  Which left little room for things like "me" time and I could forget about my hobbies.  Life has been dedicated to my little munchkins.

To accommodate our growing family, we've been doing some work on the house.  I won't talk about it here, but we are very much looking forward to the next few months.  One of many things that I am getting increasingly excited about is a new kitchen appliance...a convection steam oven!  We haven't bought it yet, but I told the cabinet designer to use the Miele DGC 6800 XL PureLine M Touch Combi-Steam Oven as her guide.

I'm a little late in the game, as I haven't discovered these combi ovens until very recently but I've been in lust ever since.  I did notice, however, that it isn't easy to find recipe books and resources about convection steam cooking.  So I'll selfishly use this blog to keep all of that information on hand and will document my results once the oven is installed!  That won't happen for another few months, but I want to be prepared to use it right away :D

Here's what I've found so far:

  • Straight from the source: 
    • recipe list on Miele's website that allows you to filter by product.  Right now there are 45 recipes specifically for the combi-steam oven
    • I also found a cookbook from Miele that is well over 200 pages long! There's a pretty useful looking intro section, and then the book is divided into: Baking, Soups and Starters, Casseroles and Savory Bakes, Vegetarian Dishes, Savory Treats, Meat, Fish, Sides, Desserts, and Bottling and More.  I only just started reading through this book and cannot wait to start tagging recipes to try.
  • I've heard the Modernist Cuisine cookbook has a section on combi ovens but I don't have the book so I'll rely on you to tell me if it's any good ;)
Please feel free to comment with any more cookbooks, recipes, or resources you've found.  I'd very much appreciate them and will keep adding to my list!

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