October 23, 2006

Annodized Pots Are Great

Last year, we were at Williams Sonoma and bought some mulling spices to be used as potpourri. The kind you put in a pan on the stove and simmer in some water -- makes the whole house smell all nice. After he killed a sauce pan last year, I figured the lesson had been learned. (He wanted to make the house smell nice before I got home from work, so he set the pan on the stove, cranked it up to 8, and walked the dog ... for 30 minutes.) Siyonara copper bottom sauce pan.

Well, the Major provided a variation on a theme this morning. After I finished my morning ritual, I was feeding the dog. That's when I noticed that one of the burners was on. It's roughly the same time I smelt burnt potpourri. The Major decided that he wanted happy smells in the house last night, so he put the pan on the stove (on low, this time) and filled it with water. However, I had already went to sleep, and he came to bed shortly thereafter. The good news is that the house didn't burn down AND we were using a calphalon pan. So, all I had to do was run the pan under some water and the baked-on caked-on was no more, and the pan was as good as new.

Of course, the Major is going to be strictly supervised while near the stove from now on. He obviously can't be trusted with potpourri. (Yes, dear. I love you too.)

8 comments:

khouria jen said...

i laugh only because i have similar experiences with my boy.

my favorite: him using dish soap (pamolive) in the dishwasher. say hello to lots of soap bubbles. i finally called my mother-in-law who laughed and told me to toss some vinegar in the dishwasher. A few cycles of that solved the problem.

neil morse said...

This is why I just stay out of the kitchen altogether. Safer for everyone that way.

AJ said...

I can teach you to cook, Neil. If you were any good at chemistry, cooking will come easily.

And dishsoap in the dishwasher. That's priceless!

Neil Morse said...

I was great at the textbook chemistry, not so much at the lab stuff. In fact, that's what led to my becoming a lawyer.

khouria jen said...

it's kind of the lab stuff that equates with cooking. i'm SOOOOO much better at cooking than i was at chem lab though.

"the Major" said...

an update...
Seems like I'm not the only one that needs to be supervised....

GUESS WHO decided he wanted happy smells and went to bed and forgot what he had smelling on the stove...

That's right viewers... "the expert at cooking" made the same mistake...

Anyone want to volunteer to supervise the "expert's" time in the kitchen?

Neil Morse said...

Nuh-uh, count me out! Unless you need the insurance money.

AJ said...

What he's failing to mention is that I went to bed hours before he did. Yes, I could have turned the stove off, but I figured that he would surely do so.