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A Burnt Moment

April 6, 2010

Potholders, hot stove burners and Traci all seem to have one thing in common. The makings of another burnt moment in the history of my cooking. See, I KNEW the stove burner was hot when I haphazardly threw the pot holder on the stove after placing food in the oven to bake. But the mind consiously didn’t remember that the stovetop was hot.

What I DIDN’T know was that it wasn’t the food burning several minutes later when the smell of burning something filled the air. I grabbed that hot pot holder, opened the oven and peeked inside. Then I felt the pain, saw the smoke coming from my hand and panicked. I threw the potholder on the ground and saw it smoking on the hardwood floor. Freaking out thinking that my new hardwood floors would start burning, I picked up the pot holder and threw it in the sink. Running my hands under cold water I realized this was going down as another burnt moment in my life.

The food turned out great though–the hand too. The potholder not so much.

P.S. Adrenaline and the flight-or-flight response doesn’t always use it’s brain in those moments. Otherwise I probably would’ve remembered the stovetop was hot and it was the potholder burning.

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