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A Kitchen Disaster That Takes The Cake

September 4, 2009 - Kathleen Palumbo
I love to cook and will modestly admit, I’m good at it. I’ve read and watched Martha Stewart (all criminal issues aside, she’s wonderfully creative). The events of last night could have shaken that part of my persona to the core, were it not for my calm demeanor in the face of disaster. 
The Butter Recipe Fudge Layer Cake appeared lovely when my son arrived home to the warm aroma and together we embarked on a new frosting recipe.  
It was then that Mother Nature reared her spiteful head. Each layer of the cake broke into three sections leaving it with a distinct “fault line,” causing us to change its name to the “Butter Recipe Quake Cake.” The cocoa coffee frosting thickened to the texture of lava, spilling into the cake’s epicenter and creating a slurry-like mud slide, retreating slowly down each side.  
My son fitted a caution tape flourish atop our violently affected delight, and because after-shocks always carry with them a certain amount of debris, I added autumn sprinkles simulating floating foliage - disaster averted.   
So to all of my fellow “Marthas” out there, remember, Mother Nature can strike your kitchen at any time without warning.  Although there are no guarantees of safety during a cooking disaster, identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can save lives and significantly reduce injuries and property damage. 
Imagination and a sense of humor also go a long way.  
What was your worst kitchen disaster?


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