Day 36 — Drying Pans — 40 Days of Writing, Fall Session 2014

Chciken Dish

Before my afternoon shift I decided to do some preliminary work on tonight’s dinner. I get home around 6:45 p.m., and, providing I remember to call him to have him put the Chicken and Bean dish into the oven around 6:00,  chances are good that Chuck and I will be having dinner closer to 7:00 p.m. than 30-45 minutes later.

After making a huge mess I decided to clear the decks and wash some pans. Instead of using a dish towel to dry them I have always placed them on the stove over a low burner. After drying a few with this method, I decided I had time to wash one more pan; a griddle pan from last night’s dinner.

Later, while I was upstairs getting ready for work I smelled the faint aroma of smoke. “Hmmm, ” I thought; must be the toaster oven still winding down from the Tator Tots I had earlier.”

I’m such an idiot.

A couple minutes later I see very faint billowing of smoke in the air. Tator Tots my ass, I race downstairs and into the kitchen to see that I had left the burner on the grill pan; that grill pan looked pretty angry, too.

Grateful I caught my mistake before heading out the door, I did my best to alleviate the smoke by opening the back door, turning on the stove fans well as the ceiling fan.

I had to head out within 5 minutes, and unfortunately some smoke still permeated the air. I hope very much there’s not a trace of it by the time Chuck gets home, but there probably will be. In fact, any moment now, as I sit in my studio at work, an email from him should be popping up any second, with something like “Smoke” in the subject line. Godammit! He’s gonna insist I find a safer way to dry pans, and he’s got a point.

Regardless, dinner should be good. Not “worth-burning-the house-down good,” but still good. And yes, there will be wine. Here’s the recipe:

About kdanek17

A work in progress. Radio personality and voiceover artist. I love cooking, entertaining, and being with friends & family (which includes my dogs).
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