One of the dishes I was going to make for Bourbonfest was a Mixed Green Salad with Bourbon Vinaigrette. Whenever I make a recipe I have never tried before, I follow it as is and don’t deviate. I sautéed the shallots in a bit of olive oil, then I poured in the bourbon, AS INSTRUCTED. Before I knew it, POOF! I had a huge flame in my pan. I took the pan off the flame and waited for the flame to go down. I waited, and waited. I sprinkled a bit of water on it and the flame went down…then it went back up. Since I really didn’t want to burn the house down, I remembered one of the basics of cooking…baking soda puts out kitchen fires! Since I keep it in arms reach of the stove, I was able to keep an eye on the flame while I reached in the cabinet and dumped it in the pan. Fire be gone!
When I told Melissa about it, she couldn’t believe I didn’t know better than to take the pan off the stove before pouring pure alcohol into it. In my defense, I told her the recipe never said to. Then I reminded her that my little mistake (although potentially deadly) was not as bad as her not knowing that there is really is a difference between a dry measuring cup and a liquid measuring cup! I mean…liquid measuring cups even have a spout!!!
Lessons learned from this little mishap:
1. Keep your baking soda in arms reach of the stove. You never know when you’re going to need it!
2. When we are writing recipes, we need to make sure we continue to add little steps like “take the pan off the flame before pouring in bourbon so you don’t burn down the house!”
3. Although I’ve done pretty well in the kitchen over the past 15 years, I still have a lot to learn!
Thanks for throwing me under the bus Denise. Appreciate that. I thought we had agreed not to air the dirty laundry (ie my stupidity) that I use liquid measuring cups to measure dry ingredients all the time. So maybe I put too little or too much dry ingredients in my recipes, so what. At least I am not an insurance risk!! -Melissa
Please! You hardly ever make a kitchen mistake or have a food disaster. I was just glad that I finally knew something that you didn’t!!! -Denise