10 seconds of daydreaming is all it takes for an accident to happen - fortunately, in this case, the injury was relatively minor, and easily bandaged. The worst injury ever to happen in this kitchen? It started with that Zuni Cafe Chicken.
As many of you know, the Zuni roasted chicken recipe has you start on the stovetop, crisping the skin before moving it to the oven for 45 minutes on 500 degrees. We always use a big heavy oven-safe iron skillet, and often slip in some potatoes to bake in the chicken fat. This time, when the chicken was done, the potatoes weren't. So out came the chicken, and then the pan went back into the oven for a few more minutes. Simple enough, right?
If you've ever felt the bare handle of a cast iron pan after it has sat in a 500 degree oven for 45 minutes, you know such things are never simple. The pain was so shocking that it took us a few long seconds to understand. Like a bad cartoon in slow motion, first the realization came, then the pain, and then finally we dropped the pan with a start.
2nd-degree burns and an all-night visit to the emergency room were the result. (Don't worry, we ate some of that chicken before we left. Priorities are priorities!) But after two weeks of ordering take-out and nursing the wounds, we were fine, and thankful that it wasn't worse.
What was your worst kitchen injury?
Image: Nina Callaway