My kitchen range had to go. The oven was caked with a black slick that wouldn't dissolve, no matter how much I tried to clean it off. The warming oven didn't work, and I could only use two of the burners. Although it had the charm of a much older range, it just wasn't working properly.

It seemed like a perfect space for a new gas range, but I learned that it would have cost a whole lot of money to pipe gas to the right place . . . so I went with a big electric range.

It's so pretty I'm afraid to use it.