A third person, linked to in the Living Small post, called "bullshit" on the idea that we all lead such busy lives that we don’t have time to cook. He said that we all have the same amount of hours in a day and what causes us to not have enough time is the choices that we make. We too often put cooking good food too low on the list, after things like TV and spending time on the computer (partly because Big Food has persuaded us that we don't need to think about cooking good food). Furthermore, he/she says that it does not take much time to put a chicken in the oven and roast it.
I totally agree, and confess that I've pulled the "I'm too busy" excuse out a few times in my life.
These days however, my excuse is that I don't have a working oven. I cooked my entire Thanksgiving meal in a toaster oven and am here to tell you that yes, it can be done. Whole turkey breast, stuffing and all. The toaster oven tends to burn things. It is, after all, designed to cook toast, not turkey.
I read the Living Small post, looked at the picture of the yummy-looking roasted chicken and said to myself, "That's it! Time to get a new stove!" One that has sealed burners that mousies can't come through!
I picked this one out almost a year ago, and have been keeping an eye on it. I looked again today and it's, honestly, $270 cheaper than 3 weeks ago. Seems like an omen that it's time to buy.
So I bought. It will be delivered on Sunday. Soon to be followed by roast birds, bread, and all that other wonderful stuff that people with ovens can make. If they take the time, that is.