We have been looking at houses in various places and one of my few "wants" is an open kitchen with a gas stove. After that, I prefer a regular electric stove. I really don't like the ceramic smooth top ranges at all. They seem to take twice as long to heat up and cool back down and there is the ENDLESS cleaning.
I was telling one realtor that I don't like those stove tops and she kind of shrugged and insinuated I would not use it that much anyway. She would be wrong. While I would not call myself a great cook, I usually prepare 20 out of 21 meals each week at home. I used to think if I didn't have to work that I would be at home learning to bake bread and trying out new gourmet recipes. That did not happen. I still cook the same as I always have which does not include baking bread. If I baked it, I would eat it and that is something I do not need.
For a while now, I've noticed that each time we eat out the food seems way too salty. At first, I thought maybe the cook double salted without realizing it. I would take the first bite and think that it was good, but then each bite after that got worse.
Saturday, we went to the Indian restaurant and the food was way too salty which I had not noticed before. If I had not filled half my plate with salad, I would not have been able to eat very much of the food. The salad would kind of get the salty taste out of my mouth so that I could try again.
I wonder if we've grown so accustomed to everything being over salted that restaurants are just giving us what they think we want. The other possibility is that my tastes have changed and I'm more aware of the additional salt. Actually, it might be a little of both.