I’m talking cookin’, not lookin’. (I’ve got to admit, though, that my newish oven’s got some real retro, what-modern-was appeal.)
But seriously. Some ovens run hot and fast; some ovens run cool and slow. You won’t know what kind of oven you have until you use it. Get to know your oven. Love your oven. (This means you, ma!)
Cooking times can vary from oven to oven, so it’s important to know whether you’ve got a fast one or a slow one. For example, the oven in my first apartment was so slow that I think it actually might have been a refrigerator, my current oven is medium (neither fast nor slow…just right), and my mother’s oven bakes faster than the speed of sound.
So a batch of cookies took about 25 minutes in my first oven, 10-12 minutes in my current oven, and (seemingly) 5 minutes in my mother’s oven. Be sure to adjust the baking time in recipes to reflect your particular breed of oven. You’ll have better cookies, pies, and turkeys--as well as a better relationship with your appliance.