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A couple or three people suggested that I make this Good Idea/Bad Idea a semi-regular installment, so here is the second in the occasional series.
Letting your young son help you cook something new – a butter rum sauce to pour over ice cream.
Having the young lad pour the rum from a shot glass directly into a pot on a gas stove — all while standing on a wooden chair.
This story happened exactly as it’s written above. Last year, I bought a case of steaks and decided to do a lot of outdoor grilling throughout the summer. I started trying out a number of different recipes and came across a simple one for a butter rum sauce to pour over vanilla ice cream.
My son Donovan (who was four-years-old at the time) wanted to help. No problem, I thought. It would be good for the man-child to help his pop cook (you see, I’m considered a good role model).
I already had some butter and sugar melting away in a very hot saucepan, and I let Donovan drag the kitchen chair right in front of the stove. He climbed up, stood before the pot, and asked how he could help. I gave him a shot glass full of rum (Appleton Estate, of course), and told him to slowly pour it into the pot.
Donovan slowly turned the glass over, and spilled some rum on the flames of the gas burner. A burst of flame exploded over the pot and scared the poor child so much he dropped the shot glass…which shattered, spilling more of its contents onto the flaming…flame.
He didn’t want to help me do anything for a while after that.
And now for another installment of the Animaniacs “Good Idea/Bad Idea.”