This is what happened in my kitchen tonight:
I was about to roast a chicken breast, and I had set the Pyrex baking dish on the oven to spray it with cooking spray. Admittedly, the oven was hot, but the baking dish was room temperature and is designed to withstand such heat. In fact, I did this exact same thing last night (and many other nights). I coated the dish with cooking spray and paused to grab a piece of cauliflower to munch on while the chicken finished browning – the dish sat on the oven for maybe one minute and then … POW! BAM! EXPLOSION!
The dish had quite literally exploded. As you can see from the picture, it didn’t just crack or break, the thing shattered and had some serious lateral movement. I will probably be afraid of Pyrex for the rest of my life.
Look what my parents gave me for my birthday! Isn’t it beautiful?1
We have always drafted our pressure cooker into service when a recipe called for a dutch oven simply because it was the only thing we have that is large enough to accommodate stews or the like. The pressure cooker, of course, is an entirely different beast, and it doesn’t have the heavy bottom or ability to be transfered to the oven. (It also is not nearly as pretty!) Deb of Smitten Kitchen lists a dutch oven first in her list of essential kitchen items, noting, “Heavyweight pots that go from stove to oven are essential for any and every type of cooking […].” Any and every type of cooking!
Now that the 90-degree days are gone and fall is in sight, I’m excited about the things I can make with my beautiful blue dutch oven! I imagine chili, our stand-by pork and hominy stew, and perhaps a version of beef stew that doesn’t fill the apartment with smoke.2 The possibilities are endless!
1 Don’t judge it by the photo. I took the photo on my phone, and my phone is a barely functional piece of junk – but that’s another story for another day.
2 Honestly, I can’t remember what possessed us to make beef stew during this heat wave of a summer (maybe the temperature had dropped to 80 and we felt chilly?), and I still have no idea why it filled the apartment with smoke. So many, many things were wrong with that meal.
I purchased a terrarium for our home this weekend at the Flea from Twig!
I’m in love!