See Jane and Little Chef Cook Water With A Hangry Fork #FridayRecommends

Friday RecommendsIs it all snowy and junk where you are? ‘Cause it is where I are. Bleh.

Fortunately, I have the internet to keep me warm.

The Jane in the title of this post isn’t my friend Jane, for a change. 😀 It’s Leah. Okay, yeah, her name is Leah, but the web site is called See Jane Drill. It’s an AWESOMESAUCE resource for DIY Home Improvement run by two women. There are articles, videos, and written instructions. I’m addicted to the videos, even though the only time I would agree with their motto — “You can do it!” — would be if the project was to cut off my fingers with a band saw or something.

I’m always sending you to Colossal, but it keeps being … well … COLOSSAL! Watch these videos of projections of a tiny chef preparing your meal right on your plate. I don’t know what it costs to eat at this place, but it’s worth it.

One of my new internet friends is Roy Ackerman, who is the smartest man I ever met on the net. I just checked the dictionary and, sure enough, next to the word smart, there’s his picture! Here’s all about him (I found his video introduction charming), and here’s one of his posts, this one about an alternative fuel that I would use today, if I could. Roy posts about a myriad of subjects, always interesting.

You know I’m all about the food. Well, also beer, but mostly food. My new favorite recipe site is that of new commenter ShellyB, Hangry Fork. I especially like this post about cooking bacon in the oven. If you’ve never cooked bacon in the oven, you’ve missed a real treat. Okay, yeah, it splatters all over your oven, but it’s not like you CLEAN the damn thing, do you? So who cares? It’s delicious!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about an oven fire.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “See Jane and Little Chef Cook Water With A Hangry Fork #FridayRecommends

  1. Jane

    January 22, 2016 at 8:45am

    Oh, man, what a writing prompt!

    Yes, I was the Christmas cooker for the turkey one year and, oh, I had a big’un. This was before I just automatically put everything into a cooking bag (highly recommended). I had that bad boy in a big old open roasting pan. And when I pulled out the shelf to take a peak, the juices sloshed over and splashed onto the glowing red hot electric elements at the bottom of the oven.

    It combusted. Red and orange flames blossomed up, engulfing the bird. I shrieked, and I would like to say that I reacted with a cool, logical, Spockish manner, calculating that shoving the bird back into the oven and slamming shut the door would immediately starve the flames of oxygen and douse the fire.

    But I can’t. I did exactly the right thing, but in a spasm of panic, not cool reason.

    Anyways, it worked. the flames went out, and we had a really nice, smoked turkey for Christmas. The End.

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      Marian Allen

      January 22, 2016 at 10:11am

      ROTFLOL!!!! Oh, man, I love it! Smoked turkey! “I totally meant to do that. It takes an expert, though; kids, don’t try this at home.” You are priceless! <3

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  2. Nate Wilson

    January 22, 2016 at 2:41pm

    With the powers of Hangry Fork and Writing Prompt combined…
    The only time we’ve had an oven fire, we were cooking bacon. It was doused relatively quickly with a fire extinguisher, but only afterward did we learn they make specific extinguishers for use in the kitchen, because the usual stuff is toxic to eat (and/or bake). So yeah, it probably took a couple hours to scrub and sanitize the oven to a point where we felt safe using it again.

    And hey, DIY isn’t nearly as difficult as you think, most of the time. Just stay away from band saws.

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      Marian Allen

      January 22, 2016 at 5:58pm

      I didn’t know there was a special kitchen extinguisher. So, if you put out a food fire with a kitchen extinguisher, you can eat the food? What does it taste like? Can you get, like, different flavors? Sounds like something they might use on Hell’s Kitchen, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t you love to take one to a fancy French restaurant and order crepes Suzette? Let’s do it! C’mon!

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      • Nate Wilson

        January 23, 2016 at 9:52am

        Flavored extinguishers should absolutely be a thing. To me, “non-toxic” means it tastes bland or disgusting, but is edible. But if we get this product out in the market, “non-toxic” will become synonymous with “flavor.” Let’s do it!

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          Marian Allen

          January 23, 2016 at 12:10pm

          I think chipotle is a natural, and hickory-smoked BBQ. Gouda, maybe?

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