I suspect Ol' Bess is about 25 years old. I'm in my home 20 years and the kitchen was done a short while before I moved in and it looks about 25 years old. Actually the kitchen, although dated, is quite nice and the cabinets (cherry wood) are in fabulous shape so, again, until the cash is there, I will be happy with what I have.
So, back to Ol' Bess...she got really heated up tonight...up to 550 degrees. I don't think she's been that hot in 10 years but, I just had to have homemade pizza. I prepped the dough the other night and could not wait to give it a try. Straight out of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, I made a batch of olive oil bread dough...great for pizza, focaccia, or olive bread...and it's great for dipping!