The first real meal on the new equipment went both better and worse than expected. I know that is a less than exciting way to start this post... but allow me to explain. First of all, the migration of all the utensils back to the kitchen has yet to happen, so not everything was in easy reach. That posed small problems. However, the new stove and microwave more than made up for it. This had some unexpected effects. For one, the broiler works much better than the old one did, but being able to switch to convection was nice. Having things finish up at different times than expected presented a challenge. Having a warming feature on the microwave presented a solution.
So, here's the recipe that I followed:
Alton Brown's butterflied chicken
And here's what it looks like:
Arguably I'd say well worth the effort. The collective taste buds of two people are saying it's pure bliss. There's a lot to be said for starting with good ingredients and having a good recipe.
In the end, I'll say try it, your taste buds will love you for it.