Dinner and a Movie (Almost)

Last Sunday evening, I found myself home alone since Nick went to go see Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Personally I'm not into the whole Mission Impossible franchise, but Nick loved this new episode and wants to see it again. Apparently, the action and suspense was a cut above for a summer event movie. C'est la vie! That gave me the idea to create something in my kitchen that I love.

I already had a nice locally made sweet Italian sausage to grill, so I decided to pair it with some farfalle pasta with Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce and a simple salad. Heaven! It was just what I needed after a long, busy week. 

Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce simmering away. It's the first time I made it. It's definitely going to be in my everyday dinner recipe rotation.


Dinner is served! Marcella would take the onion out after the sauce was done. I left it in. It worked nicely with the grilled sweet Italian sausage.


It's a good thing I decided to chill. It helped me cope with the not so chill events of the following few days...


The Gas Burners on My New Range Won't Light!   

Damn you! Why won't you light?!

I started having the problem in late April. One day I went to light a burner on the stove top and it was just, click, click, click, click, click, click...nothing...I tried putting a match to the burner. Still nothing. No smell of gas, either. Was there an outage? Did they install the range incorrectly? I kept trying and finally about 10 minutes later it was fine. A few weeks went by and then it happened again. I called our Local Neighborhood Appliance Store and told them about it. They said they would get back to me after they called GE to find out if this had happened before and to see what could be done. Well, it's now the beginning of August and I haven't heard anything. And this was the fancy, high-end GE Profile gas range! Sure they had someone come out and look at it, but all he did was confirm what I'd told them over the phone 5 times before. Frustrating.

My sort-of MacGyver fix:  Now when it happens I've learned to reach back, underneath the range and turn the gas knob to the off position, count to 5, then turn it back on. It does the trick. Still, it shouldn't do this, right? I called the shop again this week and had a less than satisfying conversation with them. They took my phone number again and said they'd call me back. Sigh.

Here's the thing:  Rather than going to a big chain to furnish our kitchen and house, I was determined to support local businesses. And it's possible that a big chain would have responded to my issue in a worse way, but I am SO FRUSTRATED because I have always had a great experience with this particular local appliance store and am feeling let down.  I'll update my progress with them depending on what happens next. #namingnames

As a small business owner, I've learned that that if we treated our Blue Raccoon customers like this when they had a problem, our reputation and customer loyalty would evaporate. Stay tuned...

The Bottom of the Cabinet Fell Out! 

And just this week, I went to get a platter out of the cabinet above the fridge and the platters all fell to one side. Uh, oh...I think I've probably overloaded the cabinet because the bottom fell out. I was so proud of my storage system for all of my platters, but realize I need to reinforce everything. Sven from Finkle's Hardware came to the rescue. All our cabinets were purchased at Finkle's and they continue to surprise me with their level of attention and customer service.

The first thing I noticed was...the lean...


The bottom right side of the cabinet collapsed. Sven from Finkle's Hardware is going to help me out. He came over to look at it and he has a good solution that will reinforce the cabinet base. Now Finkle's customer service is impeccable. This is totally my fault, yet Sven is going to reinforce the base of the cabinet himself.



The whole cabinet thing was a surprise to Sven when he showed up to measure for our new baseboard heat covers. Can't wait for the new covers to be installed. 

The Ceiling in Our Dining Room Needs to Be Ripped Out

Brud and Matt came over and put in our new screen door to our back door. They also planed down 3 doors that were sticking. While he was here Brud took a look at the leak problem in our guest bathroom. He said it would be easier to cut open the ceiling in the dining room, take a look at where the leak is coming from and try to repair it from there. Just when we got our dining room all set up...Oh, well. He's going to take care of it when we're away next month. It will be good to have it all repaired. The ceiling in the dining room will look better and we can get to the remodeling of the guest bath. 

I guess it's true what they say...one is always pouring money into old houses. Still...we love our old house.

Dinner and a Movie

This was a trying week, to say the least. While we haven't finished our media room, we do love to watch movies. We are eclectic movie lovers -- watching tons of foreign films, independent releases and big budget Hollywood movies. We try to get out to the movies once a week, but that's often too ambitious, but this year we have enjoyed seeing TrainwreckEx Machina and Mad Max: Fury Road on a big screen. More often than not, we watch movies at home. Nick's an avid collector, so we always have something good to watch. Plus, with the sheer amount of content that you can stream, who's got the time to watch everything?!

We have an eclectic collection. This is a fraction of what we watch, but you get the idea. Once the media room is set up, we will have a lot of catching up to do.


Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onions and Butter

Take 2 cups canned, imported tomatoes and cut them up in their sauce. Pour into a sauce pan. Add 5 T unsalted butter and 1 medium onion, peeled and cut in half. Simmer for 45 minutes, every so often stirring and breaking up the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. (You can take the onion out and save for another use or discard it. I liked leaving it in.)