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Help! my electric range is on the fritz! What should I make for dinner tonight?

Asked by Strauss (20531points) February 3rd, 2013

The other day I was cleaning the oven, and even though everything was off (except, of course, the clock) the stove started popping and sparking from the back! I immediately threw the breaker switch for that circuit and then unplugged the appliance. No fire (whew)!

Now here’s the conundrum: Groceries are no problem, but due to my cash-flow situation (the cash just won’t be flowing!), I won’t be able to replace the range for a few weeks. Going out or takeout will be an occasional option, but again, it would be cost-prohibitive to do it for every meal. I don’t have a microwave (by preference), but I do have the following electric appliances: Rotisserie cooker, crockery slow-cooker, broiler/fryer, griddle, small deep fryer, coffee-maker (drip style) and espresso maker.

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chyna's avatar

With all of those appliances, you may never need another stove. What you can’t throw into the crock pot, you can throw on the broiler/fryer. Easy stuff to make in the crockpot: chicken breasts with cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup. Pork chops with salsa for zesty chops. A roast with your favorite vegetables.
For veggies, heat up your griddle and put a pan of green beans or corn on top to heat them up.

CWOTUS's avatar

Hell, I have every appliance the modern well-equipped kitchen could need, and I often go weeks having only sandwiches or salads for dinner. No cooking required at all.

I would also have a look at the stove, now that it’s disconnected, to see what might have been jarred loose during the cleaning. It’s probably just a loose connection that should not require replacement of the appliance.

ragingloli's avatar

Bread and wurst.

snowberry's avatar

Salads of every description (except of course ones that require cooking, such as pasta salad or potato salad) will be a strong suit for you.

Make good use of your crock pot my friend! Between your crockpot and the countertop oven, you’ll do fine in the meat department, but cooking veggies might be challenging. You could also cook your meat ahead of time and serve it cold so you can take advantage of your appliances for the veggies. So I’m focusing on finding ways to cook your veggies.

Here’s a lovely site that explains the ins and outs of countertop ovens. You’ll want to learn what your oven does best and capitalize on that.

How to master roasted vegetables

This one is about roasted veggies in a crockpot.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Breakfast foods cook well on a griddle.

marinelife's avatar

Something in the crock pot sounds good.

LuckyGuy's avatar

See if you can fix the stove. You’ve got time. Unplug it and unscrew the 8 or so ¼ screws holding the back panel in place. Look for a melted or burned wire. It should be obvious if you had sparks like you said. One wire is likely worn though and touching a piece of metal. You can replace the wire or put it someplace where it does not touch.
It’s just electricity. Don’t be afraid but be safe. ;-)

Kardamom's avatar

Dang the internet! My tab just closed and re-opned without my links. I won’t repost the links, just the ideas. You will have to google these yourself this time : (

I’m unfamiliar with the rotisserie cooker and the broiler/fryer and I would never deep fry anything, so I’m only going with the crockpot and the griddle.

Pulled pork sandwiches in the crockpot.

Barbecue brisket in the crockpot.

Grilled portobello mushrooms on the griddle.

Potatoes in the crockpot.

Black bean chili in the crockpot.

Ham and cheese sandwiches on the griddle (with pre-cooked ham).

Potato cheese soup in the crockpot.

Chicken and vegetable fajitas on the skillet.

Egg foo young on the skillet.

Omelets on the skillet, along with bacon or sausage or hashbrowns.

Brats on the skillet.

Beef stew in the crockpot.

Minestrone soup in the crockpot.

Refried beans (for burritos) in the crockpot.

Macaroni and cheese in the crockpot.

Moroccan lentil and garbanzo bean stew in the crockpot.

Vietnamese steak sandwiches on the griddle.

Hamburgers on the griddle.

Navy bean soup in the crockpot.

Grilled shrimp on the griddle.

Jambalaya in the crockpot.

Grilled salmon on the griddle.

And the most obvious one, pancakes and scrambled eggs on the griddle.

Bon Apetite!

Strauss's avatar

Once I went to the thrift store and bought a $5.00 hot plate, I was all set. kHere goes:

Cooked a ham on the rotisserie; carved it completely, froze most of the slices and the bone; used part of the bone to make black beans, cooked rice on the hot plate. Ham, eggs and hash browns on the griddle; home made tortillas on the griddle, black bean burritos. Oh yeah, forgot to mention waffle iron..Waffles and bacon for breakfast; ham & lentils for dinner; Today we had oatmeal for breakfast, and I’m making chili (made with beef and chorizo) for dinner.

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