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Pizza Play: delicious, fun and did I say delicious?

When I’m not blogging or busy running after Jack all day, I’ve been brainstorming ideas for articles to write and pitch.  One topic that’s of interest is, kids and healthier eating habits.  Food has always been a focal point in regards to my interests in parenting, particularly because I have the worst eating habits.  THE worst.

This year (like every other new year) Jeff and I have vowed to eat healthier.  And hey, if we lose weight in the process, score!  But ideally, we’re hoping to refine our eating habits so that they’ll influence Jack to make healthier choices on his own.

Now that Jack’s old enough to “pretend,” he’s been loving to play-cook.  Clearly, we don’t have the room for a play kitchen, but I had the grand idea to let him help me make pizza, or as he calls it, “Patzi.”  I know pizza isn’t the healthiest food, but a smaller portion with healthy sides is decent compromise.

And since we’ve been cooped up for the most part because of the cold and rain, “playing pizza” was a fun activity and fun way to prepare lunch.

Jack loved putting on an apron, though I should totally make him one in his own size.  One day…
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Shrapnel: it’s what’s (not) for dinner

Since I’ve been home, I’ve been trying to hone my domestic savviness, so I’ve been watching a lot of Rachel and Martha.  Now that commuting is no longer a daily marathon, I have the time to actually cook meals that take longer than 30 minutes or better yet, NOT delivered via speed dial.

A few Friday nights ago, in lieu of our usual large “pie,” I set my heart on cooking the perfect chicken–a roasted chicken with thyme recipe that won rave reviews from my 2 critics.  I followed the recipe, set the chicken in the large 13×9 Pyrex dish and popped it into the preheated oven.  I did a few dishes while the chicken cooked and then had an afterthought.  I grabbed the 8 lb. ginormous bag of carrots out of the fridge (we heart Costco) and grabbed a handful to throw in the dish.  Then I had another ingenious idea–or so I thought.

From a recent Martha blogpost, there was a great recommendation on freezing extra chicken broth in muffin pans.  Ding, ding–I could add chicken broth to the bottom of the dish to roast the carrots.  I shoved the chicken back in the oven and defrosted my chicken broth.  Once it was all defrosted and ready to go, I pulled the chicken back out.  I started to pour the chicken broth into the Pyrex pan, and as the first droplet hit the scorching hot pan, Friday night dinner exploded.
Freaking exploded!
While the chicken itself stayed in tact, glass shards sprayed in every direction of our tiny little kitchen.  All I could do was stand there, hand over mouth, thinking “holeeeee shit!”

It took a few minutes for things to register, but once I realized that my Pyrex pan reallly just exploded, I peeked around the corner to make sure Jack was unharmed.  Thank goodness for child safety gates!  Mama was in total shock but the kid was safe gnawing on his shoe on the other side of the room.

I started to sweep up the unrecognizable pieces of the pan that were spread in every direction, as I kept trying to understand what happened.

I’ll admit, I had a lapse in judgement by adding the cooler temp of the broth to the hot pan; however, though things went awry, dinner shouldn’t be a life threatening event.  At least not when I’m in the kitchen!

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After grieving the loss of a delicious dinner, of course I did a little bit of digging.

It turns out, my dinner explosion wasn’t a first.  in fact, according to Consumeraffairs.com,

300 complaints filed by ConsumerAffairs.com readers detail frightening stories of these dishes spontaneously shattering during temperature changes, propelling scalding glass shards and food 15 feet or more, sending some consumers to the hospital with tendon and nerve damage and serious burns and leaving others with property damage and, at the very least, a ruined dinner and a huge mess in their kitchen.

holeeeee shit!

Moral of the story, folks– do not, I repeat, do not make sudden temperature changes when using glass pans.

I have to conclude this tale of jackassery by reinforcing the fact that I like Pyrex products, even if I I do blow things up.  I use many of my Pyrex pans, dishes and measuring cups daily.  Their products, I’m sure, are a staple in many other kitchens as well.  If you haven’t seen them on tv, magazines or online, it turns out World Kitchen, the parent company of Pyrex and Corningware, among other brands, is celebrating their 50th anniversary.  Together with that milestone, the company has some new ads out targeting women like me– young women between the ages of 25 and 34 who are settling down, “nesting up and ready to wine and dine their friends.”

They have great products, but obviously, they work best when you’re being safe.  The company has various disclaimers and instructions on their site for proper usage of their products.  Learn from me, do yourself a favor and use common sense.  Oh, and for what it’s worth, I made that delicious roasted chicken tonight and it was shrapnel-free!

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