It's no secret that my cooking skills leave something to be desired. If it were up to me, we'd be having Chinese food and Hot Pockets every night for dinner. I have never had a serious affection for cooking; maybe it stems from my need for instant gratification. This is also one of the areas where K and I balance each other out; he is a phenomenal cook and I am great at supervising and taste-testing.
Now the problem comes into play when I am home alone (I work from home full-time) and K is not around to assist me in my kitchen activities. One day, I was working from the couch instead of the kitchen table (I got tired, okay? Also, Gilmore Girls was on.) when I saw the entire room start to fill with smoke. My heart jumped into my throat, and my thoughts instantly went to our 3 kitties and what I would grab before I ran outside to safety. (If you were wondering, these were HP, my childhood pillow I can't sleep without, my MacBook, and purse--after the kitties, of course.)
I ran into the kitchen, and it instantly became clear that this was no spontaneous combustion, but a case of burning chocolate on the stove. See, what had happened was... I was attempting to melt chocolate in a water bath (see, I know some kitchen terms!) with metal cups in a saucepan. It was taking forever to melt, and I heard the sounds of Lorelai and Rory from the living room, so I went to check on what was up in Star's Hollow. I got caught up and COMPLETELY forgot that I had chocolate on the stove. When I reached the stove, I saw that all of the water had evaporated out of the saucepan, leaving the two metal cups soldered to the saucepan, and causing smoke to fill the house. Heart pounding, I turned off the stove and opened every window I could find to air the house out.
The house aired out, the kitties were fine, and Lorelai and Rory made up, so all was well. But I guess the moral of the story is, don't leave me alone in the kitchen, or I will burn the house down. Thank goodness for K and his cooking skills, or we would probably starve, and might even be homeless.