Thursday, October 04, 2007

Thirteen cooking tips or how to avoid the fire department

(week #30)

1. don’t start dinner and then completely forget about it, whether that is a pot on the stove or a dish in the oven

2. if you want to blog, don’t multitask by making dinner at the same time

3. don’t drop the pot holder into the oven or toaster or grill master

4. unless you use really a whole lot, butter is not good nonstick items to fry chicken in. you’d be lots better off with a little olive oil or non stick spray

5. don’t forget to set the timer

6. if you are trying something new: do some research. Don’t just guess. Water chestnuts are not the same thing as chestsnuts and it might be nice if you know that before you are at the grocery store.

7. unless you are trained to do so (in a school or by your mom) don’t mix alcohol and fire. Flambé should be left to the pros

8. don’t try to grill items in your gas fireplace (this is also toxic. So really really don’t do it)

9. do not take a nap or go for a walk while you are cooking (unless you have a treadmill in the kitchen)

10. don’t add a lot of instaflame to the grill after it is already lit. I know, the grill isn’t heating up fast enough, you are starving to death hungry, but no, just don’t do it. only add it before you light that first match.

11. know when measuring is important and when its not. The six cups of water used for boiling mac n cheese, probably ok to eye ball it. the ¼ t baking soda in the cookies, maybe you should measure.

12. if you drop a bunch of food onto the burner, you might should move on to using a different burner, at least until you can clean off the first one.

13. you should not spray kitchen cleaner on said dirty burner either while it is still on or while it is still hot

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  • At 6:47 PM , Anonymous AF Wife said...

    Hilarious! I love how to avoid the fire department

    Happy T13, mine is up also!

  • At 7:27 PM , Anonymous ellen b said...

    Wish I would have read this before I made dinner.... :)

  • At 7:30 PM , Anonymous Nicholas said...

    Good list! #13 is so obvious that no one could be that dumb. But I bet you it happens all the time!

  • At 7:45 PM , Anonymous Secret Agent Mama said...

    I've done my fair share of these things. Thankfully no one has ever been hurt and there have not been any visits from Fire Departments! LOL

  • At 8:47 PM , Anonymous Yen said...

    I'll print this up and post near my pc! LOL Great list:)

  • At 9:10 PM , Blogger Janet said...

    hmmm...a visit from the fire department might be nice, all those cute dudes!

  • At 10:27 PM , Anonymous Journeywoman said...

    Great TT.

    Mine is up too!

  • At 2:16 AM , Anonymous Wolfie said...

    Well..tis is really for me..I find tat I'm really "blur" in the cooking department..hopefully I dun need the fire department..hahaa..

  • At 4:47 AM , Blogger Bloggers said...

    I do number one a lot. Of course it is the computer's fault and no fault of my own!!

    My 13 is up on
    Working at Home mom

  • At 8:36 AM , Blogger Minkydo said...

    Those are really funny. Unfortunately, I can relate to a few :)

  • At 11:20 AM , Blogger Denise Patrick said...

    I hope you haven't learned ALL of these from experience!

    Happy TT!

  • At 12:17 PM , Blogger armywife said...

    i haven't learned them all by experience, but sadly, a couple.

    in college my late night study group decided to make cinimon toast and completely forgot about it. it didn't catch on fire, but did set off enough dorm alarms that the building was evacuated and the firemen did show up.

    and the chicken in the nonstick pan...that was on a work trip. i was staying in one of those residence suite/hotels that had a kitchenette. i did some shopping, but clearly didn't plan all things well enough. again, the chicken didn't actually catch on fire, but there was enough smoke that the firemen showed up. unfortunately, my boss, who was also staying there, pulled into the place just behind the firetruck...

  • At 4:30 PM , Blogger J. Lynne said...

    This is tooooooo funny!

    Happy TT!

  • At 6:45 PM , Anonymous Buck Naked Politics said...

    I'm guessing that you've experienced some of those mishaps, yes? Ours is up: 13 ways to maximize T-13.


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