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Old 03-30-2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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Stupid human tricks

I hope you'll share yours!

I seared a rump roast this morning to cook in the crock pot all day. It was in a web of string, and as I attempted to turn it, my tongs were caught in the strings.

These are tongs made of metal and somehow the string ended up around the end of the tongs. The only way to get it off was to shimmy the string to where the metal tongs metal ended (you know, they are curled metal and there IS an opening).

It wouldn't come off. I finally got a scissors and cut the string. String and regular tongs don't go together. Next time I'll use the salad tongs to turn a roast.

I can't believe how stupid I am. I know YOU can believe it, it's just that *I* can't believe it!

What's your story?
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:32 AM   #2
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This happened about 10 years ago.

DW and I were entertaining another couple at our home. I decided to make steak au poivre. To add a final flair (and dramatic effect), I had planned to dowse the steaks in Brandy and flambé them.

So I light the pan while it's sitting on the stove top and get a nice blue flame, which is somewhat hard to see. Now about a month or so earlier, we had just bought a new microwave oven that mounts over the stove. As I'm standing there waiting for the flame to extinguish, I see the plastic faceplate cover and handle of the microwave start to blister and distort from the heat of the burning Brandy. Suddenly, before I could throw a lid on the pan, the partially melted faceplate cover popped off, landed in the pan with the steaks, and burst into flame. Fortunately, that was the extent of the damage and nothing outside of the pan really caught fire, but what a mess. The steaks had to be tossed because they were tainted with burning plastic - the aroma of which also permeated the house. The microwave oven was still functional but looked awful (we ended up replacing it with another one shortly after).

I'm sure my wife and our dinner guests all had a good laugh at my expense while I drove to the store to buy four more steaks (which I DIDN'T flambé). Well, maybe my wife wasn't laughing quite as hard as everyone else.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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I'm sure my wife and our dinner guests all had a good laugh at my expense while I drove to the store to buy four more steaks (which I DIDN'T flambé). Well, maybe my wife wasn't laughing quite as hard as everyone else.
That's cause she loves you!

It seems to me that when someone takes time to cook a meal and try to impress them with something special, well, it is a very nice thing. I wonder if people realize how much effort it takes to make a special meal for others. I know the memories of people that have done that for me, I will never forget how special that is to me.

Charlie (he's gone now), someone that loved Julie Child, once made a meal for me and my ex and my parents. It was probably the best meal I ever had. I'm going to love him forever for that meal.

I'm not good at barbeque...... I'm really bad at it.I've burned more things than I've cooked well.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:48 PM   #4
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I was making a lamb demi glace and didn't have any cheesecloth to strain it through so I tried to use some paper towels. They filtered ok but my lamb demi tasted just like paper towel. Had to toss the entire batch. DOH!
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:54 PM   #5
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This happened about 10 years ago.

DW and I were entertaining another couple at our home. I decided to make steak au poivre. To add a final flair (and dramatic effect), I had planned to dowse the steaks in Brandy and flambé them.

So I light the pan while it's sitting on the stove top and get a nice blue flame, which is somewhat hard to see. Now about a month or so earlier, we had just bought a new microwave oven that mounts over the stove. As I'm standing there waiting for the flame to extinguish, I see the plastic faceplate cover and handle of the microwave start to blister and distort from the heat of the burning Brandy. Suddenly, before I could throw a lid on the pan, the partially melted faceplate cover popped off, landed in the pan with the steaks, and burst into flame. Fortunately, that was the extent of the damage and nothing outside of the pan really caught fire, but what a mess. The steaks had to be tossed because they were tainted with burning plastic - the aroma of which also permeated the house. The microwave oven was still functional but looked awful (we ended up replacing it with another one shortly after).

I'm sure my wife and our dinner guests all had a good laugh at my expense while I drove to the store to buy four more steaks (which I DIDN'T flambé). Well, maybe my wife wasn't laughing quite as hard as everyone else.
I had a similar mishap years ago after consuming a few Manhattans. I learned that Manhattans and fire are not a good combination. Now I do my pyrotechnic cooking outdoors!
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I'm a specialist in stupid coffee maker tricks.

There was one time that I forgot to empty the pot and made a full pot - coffee overflowing everywhere.

There was the time, in a hotel, I forgot to put the lid on the pot. It was one of those coffee makers that lets you take a cup before it's done dripping. So, the lid wasn't pushing up the thingamee in hole the basket. The coffee overflowed the basket, with grounds.

I'm sure I have done other stupid things with coffee makers, but that's all I can think of at the moment. Well, trying to make coffee with no coffee or no water.
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:37 PM   #7
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I've made coffee without putting the carafe underneath. :)
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I set a T-Fal fryer on the stove while the oven was on. The heat from the oven vents out of the far right element and was hot enough to melt a small hole in the plastic drain tray under the fryer. All of the oil drained on to the top of the stove and in the elements and under the range top. Some oozed down in the sides of the oven and soaked the insulation around the oven, which we didn't realize while we were cleaning it up. A couple of days later I went to use the oven and it caught fire. We had to carry the burning stove down three flights of stairs onto the sidewalk and douse it with water. I needed a new stove and the landlord thanked me for getting it out right away because if I would have called the fire dept and waited any longer, the place may have caught on fire. He replaced the burnt one with no problem.....I still think it is stupid to have any plastic parts on a fryer....and a heck of a lot of hard work just to get a new stove...
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I set a T-Fal fryer on the stove while the oven was on. The heat from the oven vents out of the far right element and was hot enough to melt a small hole in the plastic drain tray under the fryer. All of the oil drained on to the top of the stove and in the elements and under the range top. Some oozed down in the sides of the oven and soaked the insulation around the oven. A couple of days later I went to use the oven and it caught fire. We had to carry the burning stove down three flights of stairs onto the sidewalk and douse it with water. I needed a new stove and the landlord thanked me for getting it out right away because if I would have called the fire dept and waited any longer, the place may have caught on fire. He replaced the burnt one with no problem.....I still think it is stupid to have any plastic parts on a fryer....and a heck of a lot of hard work just to get a new stove...
Oh my, and you carried it down the stairs while it was on fire!

Must have been an electric stove with a plug.
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Oh my, and you carried it down the stairs while it was on fire!

Must have been an electric stove with a plug.
Yeah. Apartment size, thanfully. Not that heavy. There was still hot oil pouring out of the corner that must have pooled in there some where. The fire was in between the outer panel and the oven chambre. More smoke than anything but the outside panel was turning black and the paint was blistering and cracking.
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