Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Much Cleaner Stove and an Amuse Bouche

Imagine showing up to your new apartment and finding a kitchen stove that looked like this:

You can just imagine my reaction.

Luckily (perhaps), I had a week without cooking gas to determine the best way to clean thoroughly caked-on grime off a stove. It was Pinterest to the rescue! Weeks back, when I was less than optimistic about what my new apartment would look like, I had noticed a "clean stove/dirty stove" pin and saved it to my apartment board.

It was a simple fix, really. I combined baking soda and peroxide to make a paste, put the paste on an abrasive cooking sponge, and scrubbed. Most of the grime came off quickly. Some required a little more elbow grease.

I've never really considered myself a clean person, but I'm desperate to make myself one. I could submit as evidence the list of "must-have supplies" my friend Megan compiled for me, my multiple Target bills for cleaning supplies that I didn't know existed a few weeks ago and the fact that I googled "what cleaning product do you use to mop floors?" while I was at the store today.

I also think I've swept my new floors more times than I swept my old apartment last year, and I've only been here a bit more than week. 

Here's a little amuse bouche that tastes as clean and refreshing as my apartment feels to me: a one-bite summer salad.

It amused our palates at the start of the dinner party I threw a few weeks back with the help of McCormick Gourmet. It's a light summer salad with cubed, skinless cucumber, halved cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced sugar snap peas, a tiny lemon basil leaf, olive oil, salt and just a sprinkling of McCormick Gourmet Collection Tuscan Seasoning Blend.

I served the salad in Chinese soup spoons, of which I now have ten.

It's not fancy, but sometimes it doesn't need to be.


  1. Your stove looks fabulous and I'm so jealous that you have a gas stove. (For some reason they are almost unheard of in the area where we live.) I'm not nearly as fanatical about sweeping as when we first moved in, but my husband and I are both compulsive about the stove being clean!

    The amuse bouche are gorgeous - so striking in the white spoons - and sound so refreshing.

  2. Oh my god that stove would have made me vomit! I always use steel wool to get the grime off of mine.

    What cute little amuse bouche!

  3. I can't believe that such a clean stove top was hiding underneath all that grime. Amuse bouche--what an amusing name for such a pretty salad. I love how it's such a tiny bite, but it has so many different elements going on.

  4. I love the look of your letter "spoon salads". How fun!