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Burnt toast. Ack! 
May 22, 2009 8:38 am 
Updated: May 23, 2009 11:41 am
We need a new toaster. It's too bad, because I like our current one a lot. It has a brushed metal finish, and the design is kind of retro. So why get a new one? Because this morning my son was making breakfast when he suddenly rushed upstairs where the baby and I were and said, "There's smoke in the kitchen! Coming from the toaster!"

I ran down to find a foot of smoke covering the kitchen ceiling. Yikes! I unplugged the toaster, plucked out the slices of bread (more like charcoal briquettes at that point), and opened all the windows on the main floor. As a replacement brekkie, my son had a warmed-up cinnamon roll, which my mother-in-law had left during her brief visit earlier in the week. He couldn't finish it--those things are huge--so I had the rest. Holy sugar, Batman! Waaaay too sweet. I know I'll never be making Clone of a Cinnabon, hehe.

Anyway, that was over 2 hours ago and it still stinks in here. (Baby and I spent time upstairs until I put her down for her nap.) This weekend we'll look for a new toaster. Perhaps we should upgrade to a 4-or-more-slot model, as the current one is a throwback to our childless days.

Just for kicks, below is a picture of one of the AR bags that came in the mail last week (in case anyone is wondering, it took 6 weeks almost to the day). Some members comment on the Recipe Exchange that the bags are small, but they're okay for quick trips to the grocery store. If memory serves, the bag held about 4 red/green peppers, 3 lemons, and a zucchini. The ingredients were for this Moroccan bean and veggie tagine.
An AR bag, my travel mug, a cookbook, and one of my fave purses
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May 22, 2009 9:21 am
oh no! glad there was no fire accompanying the smoke...it's funny, i was just looking at toasters, you can find lots of cool retro ones on amazon, if you don't mind waiting a few days, i want this one! [http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-Eclectrics-22112-All-Metal/dp/B000308C0W/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1243009182&sr=1-23]
May 22, 2009 9:56 am
I have the Cuisinart 4-slice brushed metal, retro toaster. Please don't tell me that's what you have/had. I love mine, you might consider that one if you are shopping.
May 22, 2009 10:08 am
Mmmm, that tagine recipe sounds good! And my toaster needs replacing, too!
May 22, 2009 2:22 pm
Thanks for the link aeval; I'm gonna check it out! Avon, no, it wasn't that one. The one I have is a Delonghi. :( Christine, the tagine *was* good, especially with the hot sauce.
May 23, 2009 2:02 am
Glad everyone was safe! Burnt toast smell???? I can smell it for miles! But Get the best toaster that you will want! No one buys a toaster twice! Mark my words! LOL!
May 23, 2009 7:42 am
Oh wow! That brought back some toaster memories for me,haha. My sister can perfectly reenact the time she arrived at our house, as she walks up the sidewalk to the front door, a toaster comes flying out the window on fire!! Quite the welcome :) We have went through a lot of toasters in this house (coffeepots too). I've given up on buying expensive ones. We just use them way too much and can't seem to make anything last more than 2 years. Our current toaster is one I love. I've purchased the same one twice now, since it is indispensible. It just a two slot toaster but has a side area for poaching (or hard/soft boiling) eggs. I bought it at Target a few years back while shopping with my son. He wanted it for his birthday gift. Strange, I know, but he is a foodie. So every morning this toaster pumps out versions of egg McMuffins for everyone. No more poaching eggs for me!!!
May 23, 2009 11:41 am
OMG! I never even knew that toaster/poachers existed! I am definitely going to look for one of those!
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I love to cook and eat new foods, and I aim to cook healthy, delicious meals for my family. When I'm not working as a corporate writer or taking care of my family (1 husband, 2 small children, and a cat), I'm probably reading or daydreaming about food. I'm trying to stick to my flexitarian (i.e., mostly vegetarian) diet while cooking for my meat-loving family. I have (mostly) cooking/food blogs at http://moodysattva.blogspot.com and http://www.cookingmonkey.com.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook most things. Love spicy stuff--especially Indian food! When it comes to baking, I'm less into the super-sweet things, but have a fondness for nuts, fruits, and spices in my baked treats.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I hope to start some more family cooking traditions with my children, when they are old enough. My son sometimes helps with dinner and (especially) desserts. I'd like to include my husband here, but he's the kind of person who'd starve beside a loaf of unsliced bread. Ha, kidding. Half.
My cooking triumphs
I'd have to say...making flaky pie crust, getting my husband and son to eat (and like) fish, and learning how to make yeast breads without a machine. Getting my hubby to try 'weird' food (e.g., different ethnic foods) was also a triumph. It's not that hard to get my son to try because he's young and has a mostly blank slate as far as his tastes are concerned. ;) Most of all, learning to actually like cooking is the biggest triumph. I used to despise it!
My cooking tragedies
One of the first meals I ever made was risotto. It tasted good but it was way too sticky! Oh, and there was the time I had a cake baking in the oven and no one noticed that the fuse had blown halfway through the cooking time. Last year I tried to make doubles (Trinidadian snack food with chick peas and fried bread) and it was awful. The chickpeas were too oily, the bread not enough so; it wasn't spicy enough, and the bread was weird and misshapen. Another time I was making something sweet (cookies?) and mixed up the cinnamon and the chili pepper. Thank goodness I realised it before I mixed it all in--I scooped it out and the cookies were saved.
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