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Tag: toaster oven

Glorious One-Pot Meals on Stove

Reader question:
Dear Elizabeth, Please help me! I am a happy and retired grandfather, and my wife and I watch our one-year-old grandson every day. One day a week I make dinner for them. I usually make chili, given my limited cooking skills. I have your book, Glorious One Pot Meals, and I want to use it in my daughter’s apartment, but they don’t use their oven, only the stove top. I have a Dutch Oven. Would the recipes in your Glorious One Pot Meals book work on a stove top? What modifications would I need to make? Thank you for this wonderful information! This grandpa thanks you. Most sincerely,
Greg L., Wellesley, MA


Hi Greg!

I’m so excited to receive your email and learn that you will be preparing GOPMs for your grandson! I am a definite fan of intergenerational bonding over food! I raised my own kids on GOPMs and they grew to be adventurous eaters who appreciate many flavors and textures and enjoy trying new foods.
Yes! It is absolutely possible to prepare a GOPM on the stovetop! Here is where I talk about how to do it.
You might also be interested in this post about using a toaster oven to prepare GOPMs, too.
Anytime you have a GOPM question, you might find your answer here on my blog in the GOPM topic, or in the GOPM Q&A page.
Thanks for writing, Grandpa! You rock! Please feel free to respond in the Comments below. Happy cooking!

Too hot to cook? Use a Toaster Oven!

Reader question: What do you do during the summer months when it’s too hot to use the oven?

One of my favorite summertime cooking solutions is to use a toaster oven!

Seriously, I have a large toaster oven that fits a 2-quart Dutch oven easily, holds my 3-quart round oven beautifully, and even squeezes  in my 3 1/2-quart oval-shaped Dutch oven without hitting any sides.

Europro Toaster Oven

On warm evenings when I would rather not heat up my house, I simply plug the toaster oven into the outdoor socket on my back deck and let the heat stay outside. On rainy days I move it to my covered front porch.  🙂

Although I originally purchased this particular toaster oven so that I could prepare Glorious One-Pot Meals when I held cooking classes in locations other than a kitchen, I soon realized that a toaster oven has a number of advantages over a regular oven.

First, as I mentioned, you can pick it up and move it outside so that you don’t have to heat up your house in order to enjoy a meal. In the summer I use my outdoor toaster oven to bake pizzas, home fries, fish,… you name it. As well as Glorious One-Pot Meals, of course!

Second, it takes less energy to heat a smaller space like that inside a toaster oven than it does to heat and maintain the heat in the large space of a typical home oven. So I get to feel a little greener when I use it.

And, third, my toaster oven preheats much more quickly than my regular oven, probably for the same reason as #2 above.

When I picked out my toaster oven, I went to the largest selection of small kitchen appliances I knew of with my trusty 2-quart Dutch oven in hand. I proceeded to open each one and try to slide my pot inside. When I found the one that fit, I knew I had found a new tool for creating easy and delicious meals all year round.

Whenever I’m using the toaster oven to bake rather than toast, I always place an oven thermometer inside to validate the temperature just as I do with my gas oven inside. Just to be sure the temp is where I want it to be.