Surviving a gut remodel, part 2

byzantineApril 3, 2014

First, I must apologise for being too lazy to go through my first post to give specific credit to the folks whose suggestions have worked for me. And really, it's not that I'm lazy, just that this is the first time I've sat down for more than an hour in 2 days.

We could not find a wire shelf on wheels, but we found two wire carts on wheels. We put the toaster oven on one and the microwave on the other, and the shelves are holding dry goods. They are awesome because we can roll them to the power instead of having to snake power to them, and also because we can put microwaveable things under the microwave and toastable things under the toaster. And if we need to move them out of the way of the remodeling, they roll.

Another thing that I stumbled on: bus bins. I've only bought one, but am going to order a second. They're really good for toting dishes up and down stairs for washing, and the dishes can be washed in the bins. Much better than the 5gal bucket I started out with.

The slow cooker has been the single most valuable thing of everything suggested. We hadn't used ours in such a long time that I'd forgotten the utility of it. So far we've made carnitas, chicken paprikash, roast beef, adobo chicken, meatballs and a bunch of other stuff I can't remember. Set it up in the morning, it runs all day, roll it up in a tortilla/dump it on noodles or rice/stuff it in a bun at night.

Thanks to all of your suggestions, my husband remarked just the other day that he's now completely adapted to living without a kitchen. You are all AWESOME. Like pies are awesome.

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I have to say, I was reading your post while trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

I had never heard of chicken paprikash before so I looked it up and decided to make it for dinner. Oh my gosh!!! How have I never had this dish before? It was so delicious, everyone, even my sometimes finicky kids, had seconds.

Thanks for mentioning it!

I'm glad you are finding ways to survive. Just remember when you are at your wits end to tell yourself, "it will all be worth it in the end"

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 8:36PM
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We're getting very close to the end, maybe 2-3 weeks away. All the good advice here means that we're quite comfortable and so everything new that happens is very exciting.

My mom used to make paprikash all the time, and I still remember the first time I made it for my husband. It's now one of his favorites. It can be done in one pot and put over rice or pasta.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 3:15PM
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Now I have to look up a recipe! Unless you care to share one, wink, wink. ;o)

I don't know why I have not seen your part 1. Can you link me?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 3:21PM
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Recipe for chicken paprikash that is, lol.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 3:22PM
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I'm getting ready to do a gut job myself. It's nice to read the "How to Survive" journey. Very helpful indeed!

Best of luck to you on your remodel!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 4:22PM
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I wrote up my recipe that I had adapted for the slow cooker. We have an induction burner, so I can sear stuff. If you don't have this, you can get the same results with boneless, skinless thighs and skip the part where I sweat the paprika in the skillet and deglaze the pan with wine.

Let me know how this works. I'm not always good at writing instructions.

Here is a link that might be useful: Paprikash in the slow cooker

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 7:52PM
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Oh, and here's the link to Part 1:

Here is a link that might be useful: Tips on surviving a gut remodel?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 7:56PM
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