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Good Idea, Bad Idea #2

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.

Good Idea:
Letting your young son help you cook something new – a butter rum sauce to pour over ice cream.

Bad Idea:
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.”


5 comments on “Good Idea, Bad Idea #2

  1. Myrna R
    September 16, 2010

    I guess you can still use the good idea with your second child, just skip the stove though.

    I just read a little more of your blog. I guess you know it’s one of the best on the net.

    Am enjoying your writing.

  2. Brooklyn Book Lover
    September 16, 2010

    I just had to laugh at this post. It is amazing that what seems like a “good idea” at the time, does not always work out as planned. I have had MANY of these experiences! Oh, our poor children! 🙂 Just fell in love with your blog and am now your latest follower.

  3. robertdaylin
    September 16, 2010

    He’s a good and resilient kid (most children are). Luckily, no one got hurt with the butter rum fiasco…and since then he wants to help in the kitchen when he can (he knows his limitations).


  4. robertdaylin
    September 16, 2010

    Welcome Brooklyn Book Lover.

    Thanks for stopping by to read…and thank you also for following. I’ll stop by soon and read through your blog as well.


  5. Darlene
    September 17, 2010

    It seemed like a good idea at the time! I’ve had a couple cooking ouchies with my 4-yr. old granddaughter. I’m glad he didn’t get hurt and is back in the kitchen. Butter rum sauce sounds yummy.

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