Feb 2, 2012

Kitchen Gadgets

My egg flipper arrived in record time. I had seen the device advertised on television and couldn't wait to own one. The concept was great: After breaking a few eggs into the egg flipper, simply close the lid. But instead of using a spatula, flip the entire pan over. Presto! The eggs are now cooking on the other side. It seemed like the perfect invention.

But the reality was quite different. The whole family stood around as I used the new device. I thought it was strange that the lid didn't quite form an air-tight seal around the pan, but I trusted what I had seen on TV. When the eggs were ready to flip I grinned at my family and said, "Watch This!". They watched alright. As I turned the pan, the partially-cooked eggs went flying through the kitchen. Thank goodness for dogs.

I tried to convince myself that the whole problem was operator error. But I was only kidding myself. The egg flipper was stupid and didn't work. Every time I tried to make it work, I ended up with egg everywhere. My dog loved it, but I hated it. I threw the thing in the trash.

Actually, that isn't quite true. Jennifer threw the thing in the trash.

Ever since that day, I have been banned from buying kitchen utensils. You see I love kitchen utensils. I have gone through more kitchen gadgets than the famous television salesman Billie Mays. My favorite source of kitchen gadgets is the local garage sale. I once picked up a food dehydrator for two dollars! I was so happy. But I have never used it. I think Jennifer used it for a science fair project, but other than that, it sits on the shelf collecting dust. Finally Jennifer said, "No More!" I have tried to stop. It has been really difficult.

That's why I was so surprised when I came home the other day. Jennifer was making salsa. But instead of cutting up all the vegetables by hand she was using a Slap-Chop. I stared wide-eyed at her. "Where did you get that?"

"Oh, I thought it would be great for making salsa".

Humph. I guess what's good for the goose isn't always good for the gander.

I hope to work in the kitchen when I get to heaven. I figure with a heavenly banquet every night, someone has to prepare all that food. And I bet the heavenly kitchen is stocked full with kitchen gadgets. I could spend a lifetime playing with them.


Pastor David Hook

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