Dude. The Stove Is Broken AGAIN (and the May Meal Plan)

So, our stove is broken. Until about 2 minutes ago (I’m writing this Sunday morning at 8:50) I thought both the stove and oven were broken but, alas, just the stove. Sadly, I do a lot of cooking on the stove.

broken stove

I know you’re curious. I mean. You may recall that in 2009 our oven was broken. And, again in 2012 when we bought a new one on Christmas Eve. I’ll offer a multiple choice quiz:

a. I’m such a good cook I go through ovens and stoves every 1-3 years
b. There’s no rhyme or reason. I erred on the side of panic

So, Friday night, I decided to make an appetizer and a chicken salad (using leftovers from earlier in the week.) The appetizer was a simple Bruschetta-like (sans garlic) spread on crostinni; recipe from Wegmans. The recipe called for grilled strips of zukes and the grill hasn’t been working (Oh, what? I failed to mention that before. Yep, that happened last week, too.) Rather than grilling, I opted a light saute of the strips. Everything was ready when I turned the burner knob to light. But it didn’t budge. I tried again, a little harder. It moved, slowly, but the pilot wasn’t responding. I pushed a bit harder and it lit. And I cooked. And the appetizer was, likely, turning out delicious.

Zucchini finished, I turned the knob toward the off position. Or I tried. As hard as I turned the knob, it was stuck “on.” But I turned it and turned it and bent the thick, heavy, bleepin’ metal piece.

emergency panic button

Panic mode set in. I rarely go into panic mode. Usually, I’m the cool, collected type who speaks easily and with a clear head. But, this time, I panicked. The burner flame high, and I ran upstairs to my husband, who told me to try again. I did. I started sweating, burning. I stripped off my sweatshirt. And then I yelled: STTTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEE. WE HAVE AN EEEEEE-MEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRR-GEEENNN-CCCEEEEEEEEE. And, so, I turned off the “in case of emergency red switch” over our basement stairs because, hello? EMERGENCY right here. By-the-way, this switch does NOTHING other than shut off the air. So not an effective panic button.

At which point, my husband bounded down the stairs, claiming “if this were a true emergency, the kids wouldn’t be in the basement and the family room. They’d be outside.”

I just couldn’t turn the stove off. I mean, really? Who among us has learned how to turn off the gas on the range in case of emergency before the emergency?

After trying to turn it off and questioning my I-have-really-strong-arms excuse for this happening at all — “but how did you know the knob would come off?” (Duh. I’ve cleaned it once or twice.) — He pulled the oven out from the wall and turned the gas knob to shut off the gas supply. And, scene.


So, the broken piece is the burner valve. The one-inch-ish piece of metal usually costs about $100 to replace, but the sale price listed at Easy Appliance Parts is $63. It’ll be here in about 5 business days. We did call around for service, the repair specialists can come out to assess the problem for $89. Then they’ll be back with the piece when it arrives in their order and they’ll fix it for an additional fee. Because we already know the problem, we’re just going to go ahead and fix it ourselves (okay, Steve is).

Did you see that I slipped in the grill issue? Yeeeaaah. This’ll be a fun week for “cooking.” Hot Dogs from Wawa, anyone?


UPDATE: (Tuesday) Shout out to Lowes for amazing Customer Service (from initial contact to answering questions to friendly service people to an easy delivery) and to me (pats self on back and gives a high five clap) for taking advantage of a price match that I found at Sears. We upgraded our grill and it just arrived. So, the hot dogs will be from home, as will be everything we make this week. Including the Mac N Cheese the kids are asking for.

may meal plan

Please remember, I rely on my readers to let me know which meals you love. So check in and shout out if you love it, hate it, or can’t find it (sometimes, sadly, the links stop working and I miss it.)

Use the plan below, shuffling as necessary to make them work best for your family’s busy spring schedule. You’ll find a mix of grilling dinners, make-ahead dinners and dinners using fresh items. The April Meal Plan will be-reposted each Monday through the month.

Want to know more about meal planning? Read my basic tips for meal planning post. And to get meal plans in your email inbox, subscribe to the Julieverse daily emails (plus you’ll receive other Julieverse posts each day.)

Y’all go ahead and enjoy the delicious grilled and sauteed options on the plan this week. Me? I’m ordering take out.


April week 5, May week 1

Monday: Spiced Chicken with Chickpea & Cucumber Salad
Tuesday: Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Wednesday: Beef/Corn Tacos
Thursday: Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas
Weekend: In honor of the Kentucky Derby, have Louisville Hot Brown Sandwiches and Barbecue Ribs with Rosemary Corn

May, week 2

Monday: Fish Tacos with Pica de Gallo and Coconut Cole Slaw
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Mango, Pepper & Avocado
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Seared Beef with Oranges & Arugula
Weekend: Shrimp & Vegetable Fried Rice

May, week 3

Monday: Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables
Tuesday: Steak with Artichoke & Cherry Pepper Saute
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Halibut Baked in Parchment with Summer Squash
Weekend: Greek Marinated Chicken and Quinoa Greek Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber and Feta

May, week 4

Monday: Apricot Glazed Ham with Potatoes and Asparagus
Tuesday: Warm Eggplant & Goat Cheese Sandwiches
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Minty Bulgur Salad with Salmon and Cucumbers
Weekend: Skinny Chicken Parm with Spinach

May, week 5

Monday: Springtime Crockpot Minestrone
Tuesday: Shake N Shimmy Porkchopswith Sugar Snap Peas
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells
Weekend: Beef Skewers, Zuchinni & Mint

Image Credit mogerra12

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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