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The Old New Perfection

This past summer I purchased what I thought was a wood stove oven at the annual Bouckville-Madison Antique show, located in my childhood hometown of Bouckville, NY. After scouring the internet for more information, I found the oven was actually a part for the Royalite New Perfection Oil Stove made around 1915. Because of opening in the bottom I knew this oven could also be use on the top of a wood stove. At the time of purchase I had kinds of great ideas for baking my winter bread on the top of my wood stove, but since it was still summer, I put the oven in the garage and promptly forgot about it until today when we ran out of propane and I needed to bake bread. Being Sunday and the day after Christmas plus the added fact we fill our propane tanks ourselves as opposed to having it delivered; we’re sh*t out of luck and gas. Yeah, I know I could have gone to one of those tank exchanges and paid an arm & leg for propane, or even drove 3 mile to the nearest gas station for some stale, overpriced bread; but remember, I’m a cheapskate. I can live without propane but I can’t live without bread. Well…I could live without bread and I might even loose a few pounds in the process, but I don’t want to right now. I got a few more days to pig out before New Years rolls around and roly-poly me rolls right on annual resolution wagon to loose weight. Being the resourceful person I am, I dug that oven out of the garage, plopped that sucker down on my wood stove and proceeded to bake bread. The result was a perfectly golden brown loaf, produced from my old 1915 New Perfection Oven.


Tortillas Tonight!

In a previous post – Answering The Age Old Question: “What’s For Dinner?” I talked about how grilled veggie wraps are a favorite in our household. This got me to thinking about making my own Tortillas for wraps instead of store bought. Home-made Tortillas don’t take much time to make and they certainly taste better than the commercial brand.

Veggie Wrap Dinner

What's for Dinner?


  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4-6 Tbsp. vegetable shortening
  • about 1 1/4 cups warm water

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add vegetable shortening. Use a fork or a pastry cutter to cut in the shortening or just do it the old fashioned way and use your hands. Next add warm water a little at a time until your dough is soft and not sticky. Knead the dough for a few minutes. Now divide the dough into about 12 small dough balls. Let them rest for at least 10 minutes, longer if you like.

Now you can roll out the dough with your tortilla rolling pin. It is a good idea to dust each ball with a little flour just before you roll them out. Roll them out fairly thin.

Pre-heat you skillet to a medium heat and lay your tortilla on the hot pan. It takes just a few seconds to cook. Flip to the other side. When they are done it should have lots of nice brown speckles. Place them in a towel or plate.


Answering The Age Old Question: “What’s For Dinner?”

Veggie Wrap Dinnerveggies

What's for Dinner?

In our household Grilled Veggie Wraps are a favourite for dinner. Quick, easy to make and inexpensive too. The nice thing about Grilled Veggie Wraps is you can use almost any kind of vegetables and seasonings, even add some meat if you choose. The Wraps I made tonite included the following ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper sliced into strips
  • 1 small sliced onion
  • 1 shredded carrot
  • 1 medium shredded potato
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 6 sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of grated cheese or sour cream (your choice)with cheese

Heat the olive oil in a wok or large skillet, add all the vegetables and stir-fry for approximately 5-7 minutes. Add soy sauce, honey, ginger and lemon juice; cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. Serve on your favourite brand of flour tortillas with grated cheese or sour cream. Add some fruit on the side and you’ve a delicious, healthy meal that everyone will love.