A certain Bites editor was looking for a toaster oven, so I hooked her up, cuz when it comes to toaster ovens, I'm the candyman: got 14 of them. My ovens, stacked like a Lego sculpture in a corner of the garage, are the leftovers from equipment-testing for Fine Cooking magazine (out next week, if not already on newsstands and in mailboxes).
So Carrington thought she'd replace an old, grimy Black & Decker oven. We settled on a model. It was great, except for one thing: the tickety-tickety-ticking.
I'd seen the debates on equipment blogs: some people can't live without audible ticking to remind them of toast in the oven, while others want to gnaw their own ears off to escape the ticking.
We tried three more models, and subsequently decided that Carrington is the latter. Good thing her teeth can't reach her ears.
I used to think I didn't want another piece of kitchen equipment, but since we took in one of the toaster ovens, we hardly turn on the big oven. From a tray of six cookies to sweet potato fries to a frozen lasagna--it's amazing what will fit in these things. As for the ticking--in one ear and out the other.