Perhaps I need to invest in a fire extinguisher. I've started kitchen fires at least twice in my life. I might have blocked the rest. Don't worry, I wasn't hurt in either fire. The first one happened when Peanut was between 4 and 30 months old. That's when we lived on Elm St. I don't remember what I was cooking but I remember using a dish towel to get it out of the oven, whatever it was. The towel dropped to the bottom of the stove and the next thing I knew it was engulfed in flames. Ok, maybe engulfed is a bit too much, only one corner was on fire. I don't know how it started either! I grabbed the towel by the other end and ran it outside where I jumped up and down on it several times! Poor towel, I threw it away. Supper was still good.
The next kitchen fire incident happened, well, tonight. I made tacos. One of my Fav-Vor-Ite meals! Peanut and I were talking about her school day. I wanted to warm up my tortillia without getting out another pan the meat pan still had, well you guessed it, meat in it. So being the brilliant person I am I turned on the gas burner and set the tortillia right down. I fully intended to stand there flipping it back and forth a few times until it was done, but somehow got distracted. A few moments pass and I started to smell something odd. I looked at the stove and there was my tortillia getting very brown and black... and orange... and yellow.... oh wait, that's not a tortillia anymore... that's a fire. Oops. I grabbed the tortillia and threw it in the sink and turned on the water.
So, what do you think. Should I invest in a fire extinguisher? Don't those things have to be serviced ever so often?