Talk About HOT Tacos!

I swear I couldn't make up things that pepper my life with irony if I tried.

The other night we decided to have tacos for dinner. Easy peasy, no? Just fry up the ground beef in my new extra-deep electric skillet, add water and taco mix. Get out some cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream and salsa.

Heat up the shells in the toaster oven to make them all crispy-licious.

Voila! A great weeknight meal. One I can make with my eyes closed, I have served it so often.

Well, until *this* time that is.

Cooking with my eyes closed might not have been the best technique to use on this particular evening.

First, the damn oh-yes-I-am-new-so-I'll-work electric skillet had other plans. Obviously GE's QA Inspector Number 14 was asleep at the post when this item slipped by, because whilst cooking up the taco filling it begins to sputter and spark from it's underside.

Hmmm, I think to myself, it's not supposed to do that.

I am assuming it's not supposed to emit blue flames out the side of the pan either.

But it did. And with a last gasp, it sputtered, sparked and died.


Being the eternal optimist that I am, I was pleased that at least dinner was cooked enough to eat. And *I* hadn't got cooked by blue flames either.

Which was a plus.

So I unplugged the now un-electric pan, continued with dinner preparations and pre-heated the toaster oven to crisp up the shells, when I spotted something more than the usual glowing orange element inside.

A small fire had broken out.

In the toaster oven.

Crap again!!!

Quick-thinking hubby carried the inferno into the garage whilst I dipped into my vast reservoir of blogger and firefighter knowledge; I ran for my camera, took a photo and THEN poured a cup of water on the still burning, albeit smaller flaming appliance.

Whoo Hoo! Dinner is served!

Yep, those sure were some hot tacos that night. But I was thankful the real Fire Department wasn't called.

I only had enough tacos for the three of us.

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Cupcake Blonde said...

This sounds like the adventures I have in the kitchen. Disaster follows me whenever I attempt to cook anything. So I don't. Easy solution. Glad you did not get hurt and were still able to eat dinner. And buy a new skillet and toaster will be fun!

Kathy said...

I set off the smoke alarm this weekend when I baked fish sticks. I call it the smoke alarm, but it's really the "OMG. Kathy's Trying to Cook" warning system.

I love, love, love that you went to get your camera in the midst of all that. You are a blogger, no doubt about it.

Heather said...

Oh my goodness!!! At least you had supper ready already . And LOL that you took a pic for your blog before putting the fire out!! One has to have her priorities in order, right? ;o)

Irene said...

My son put the toaster oven on fire when he wanted to see how often he could toast toast. I doused it with the first thing handy, a gallon of orange juice, and then hit him with the empty container for which I was never forgiven. Flames were shooting out of the thing.

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

We had that same toaster oven! I used to be a toaster oven type gal. But I've since gone over to the old-school-drop-two-pieces-of-bread in type. There are days I miss the oven, but I like the way the old school one does bread better.

Babs-beetle said...

I can't see any photograph so I feel cheated :O)

Two appliances caught fire? That's unbelievable!

HumorSmith said...

Right there. You see? That is exactly why I do not cook. Well, there's the whole no kitchen skills thing, but fire is the main reason.
That and fear of ptomaine.

Anonymous said...

You see... this is why I never cook. I'm afraid of things like this happening! I'd probably run around in little circles, flapping my arms uselessly and squealing like a 3 year old girl... by which time the house would have burned down. :(

Ed & Jeanne said...

Those 1978 toaster ovens models did tend to be a bit problematic... ;)

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

Are you sure you and Kathy aren't related?

I'm proud of you though for putting us first. I mean what's more important, a little garage fire or a good blog picture. Really.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like it was your day for fire disasters, huh? I'm glad everything turned out OK, including the dinner!

Oh yeah, and you showed you have a cool head on your shoulders, going for the camera at a time like that! LOL!

mr zig said...

hehe - the good ol' flaming toaster oven... Love that! hehe (although I havn't thought to take a picture before! But from now on, any kitchen disaster gets a photo shoot!)

Swubird said...


Whoa! I'm glad you were right there in the kitchen and not in the other room when the fire started. Also, two pats on the back for getting you camera. Quick thinking.

You might consider Taco Bell next time. Ha,ha.

Happy trails.

Jill said...

Yeah that's what I always do during an oven fire too - run for my camera! :-) :-) :-) No really...aren't you supposed to put baking soda on that stuff?!?!?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had one fun evening (sarcasm)! Glad everyone is all in one piece. And I hope my toaster oven doesn't get those sort of ideas....

JoJo said...

Wow, bummer. Hope you kept the receipt for the skillet! As to the toaster oven, it looks like it dates back to the early 80's.

Ed (zoesdad) said...

I applaud you dedication to the art. Pictures do complete the story!

Janet said...

haha Plenty of fodder for dinner conversation!

Bruce Johnson said...

Just a thought.....don't ever try cooking with brandy....OK?

Maureen said...

Vegas Princess: I got the new skillet, but I am unsure if I am ever going to get another toaster oven!

Kathy: Ha! The OKTTCWS are life savers indeed. Yes, I am a Blogger and Crazy... or is that being redundant?

Heather: Yes, priorities when the rest of the family aren't looking...

The Finely Tuned Woman: Orange juice! That must have been a sticky mess!!!

Curly Glamour Girlie: I still have our 4 slice toaster... the toaster oven was good for stuff that had to be kept horizontal.

Beetle: Ah, too bad you couldn't see it! Yes, a double-header that night.

HumorSmith: Har! Yes, it's actually a blessing we don't have a gas stove.

Tony Single: But wouldn't you take a photo first?? Although, I WOULD love a video of that arm flapping dance of yours...

VE: Ha! You are probably not far off, since we got married in 1980. I refuse to let hubby bring it back into the kitchen (he wanted to clean it up and still use the damn ugly thing!)

Jeff: I think we may be long-lost (emphasis on LOST) sisters, indeed. And heck, we don't really NEED the garage; we don't even use it to store cars in...

Jay: Yes, it was quite a night alright; and the most important thing was that I got a blog post out of it (oh, yeah, and dinner wasn't spoiled too).

Mr Zig: Kitchen disasters ARE fun to document!!!!

Swubird: Yes, Taco Bell may be less drama, but then again Taco Bell WOULD BE LESS DRAMA!!! ;)

Jill: Baking soda!!!! Now THAT would have been the smart thing to do.... doh!

Chelle: Beware the Rise Of Appliances to overtake us one day.

JoJo: You are right; actually I HAD a nicer one, but hubby in in generosity gave it away and I was stuck with this old bugger. (er, the oven, not the hubby. Then again....)

Ed: Dedication is right!! See what I endure in the name of blogging?

Janet: Oh, you're right; but Daughter was sad she missed the whole escapade.

Bruce: Ha!!!! Will do (good suggestion, thanks!)

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