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Tuesday Things: How to Prevent a Grease Fire

Whew, it has been quite a week. I’m in the home-stretch of finishing the cookbook, which means things are a bit crazy around here!

1. To kick it off, I spilled coconut oil all over the bottom of my gas-burning oven.

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I typically warm up my coconut oil by briefly placing it in the oven to melt, but this time around I was clumsy when reaching for the bowl with my oven mitt, and it spilled everywhere. So, I had to immediately turn off the oven to reduce the risk starting a grease fire, which also meant I had to take a break from working on any and all recipes that involved an oven. Not a great way to be productive!

Luckily, a good friend of mine manages a restaurant here in LA, and her chef was kind enough to give me some tips for cleaning oil out of an oven, to prevent a grease fire. First, you sprinkle Kosher salt all over the oil spill to help soak up some of the oil, and then you brush it out thoroughly. Then, you clean as much of the surface area that you can with a soapy sponge to help cut the grease, and wipe it down well. Finally, you keep baking soda on hand, just in case you still have a grease fire. (Baking soda helps smother the fire, since you can’t throw water on it.) The perk of spilling coconut oil in the oven is that it turns solid again at room temperature, so I was able to see any spots that I missed once the oven was cool enough.

The moral of the story? Don’t warm coconut oil inside your oven. (Placing it on top of a warm oven works just fine, it just takes a little longer.)  And keep plenty of baking soda on hand at all times!

2. Once I had my oven under control, I realized that my blog wasn’t working.

When it rains, it pours.

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After an hour-long phone call with customer service (with this cutie pie strapped to my chest during the whole call), I found out that the problem wasn’t an easy fix– it could take up to 24 hours for the tech team to figure out the issue. Blah!

They did finally manage to fix it, but I apologize for the site being down. I still use it to look up recipes all the time myself, so I know how frustrating it is when you can’t access them!

3. My kitchen is a disaster lately.

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It’s already a very small space, but when you’re trying to develop 100 new recipes, it feels even smaller. You’re looking at all the counter space I have right there!

I’ve had to spread out into my dining room and living room when I have several recipes going at once, which looks pretty ridiculous.

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I’ve even taken over our little guy’s MamaRoo– the perfect produce holder. Ha!

4. The only time I get all to myself is after 9 pm, which means I work on most of my recipes in the middle of the night.

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This means I also have to taste-test pancakes at midnight. (This batch wasn’t a winner…) I can’t remember the last time I had a “normal” schedule, but I’m really looking forward to sleeping again. Or, at least as much sleep as you can expect to with a soon-to-be-teething baby.

5. It takes quite a while to perfect a recipe for the cookbook.

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I think I’ve made 8 batches of granola bars this week alone! Luckily, the latest batch is pretty darn perfect, and most importantly, it can be stored at room temperature without getting soft.

It’s soooo hard not to share all of my creations with you all yet… but I hope it’ll be worth the wait!

Reader Feedback: What are you up to this week? Any kitchen disasters you want to share?

24 comments to Tuesday Things: How to Prevent a Grease Fire

  • Maria C

    I can’t wait to try your granola bars!!! I hope the week gets better for you!!

  • Kelley

    It’s nice to see that your kitchen is in shambles because mine is quite similar much of the time trying new recipes as well…just proves you’re just as human as the rest of us. Best of luck and I am so excited for your adventures.

  • VanillaMacaroon

    This is so weird because my husband and I were saying this week how we needed a yummy granola bar recipe… Keep up the good work despite of all the obstacles!! <3

  • Chatelaine

    I dropped a jar of solid coconut oil from the top shelf in the upper cabinet down to the granite counter top. It shattered. Everywhere. And when I say shattered that means those tiny specks of glass and you have to tilt your head to see. OMG. Nightmare. I was wearing flannel PJs and fuzzy slippers and they sparkled. I had to strip in the kitchen and throw out my clothes – I wasn’t going to attempt to trust I could clean the glass out…….. I miss my flannel cupcake pants :(

  • When it rains it does pour but shortly after there is often a rainbow! Looking forward to your cookbook coming soon – those granola bars look perfect! I know what it is like to live with a very small kitchen – haha I have started storing some baking and cooking appliances in the living room! ;)

  • Oh don’t worry, I’m always clumsy. I haven’t had any kitchen disasters lately, but I also haven’t been cooking much as I haven’t been well – but don’t worry, they will come :P They alwaaaays come.

  • marcy

    Adorable sweet baby!!!

  • Oh my goodness, don’t worry, it seems that it couldn’t get more crazy! That’s the positive! My life is similar now, and also, my kitchen looks the same ;)

  • My husband bought me a fire blanket due to my kitchen disasters – its the nature of creative cookS!

  • Anne

    I’m SO looking forward to your cook book! I just wanted to support you when it’s so tough.

  • Sarah Burns

    I have done that exact same thing before! I reach in my freezer, grabbed the baking soda, ripped it open and threw it on the fire. I felt so dumb! hehe

  • asia

    Don’t worry it happens. I broke my blender cover recently and many other cookware items in the last few weeks. your granola bars looks yummy, looking forward to cookbook. Thanks for your efforts.

  • Judy

    I found the best little tool to melt coconut oil or butter. It’s Giada’s butter melter from Target. Since I never use a microwave, this little tool comes in handy daily. I LOVE it!!!

  • Kathryn

    Hang in there! We all have those disasters and (hopefully) learn from them. :-) We’re rooting for you and looking forward to a wonderful cookbook!

  • Jeanette

    Hang in there! I told myself I can’t by any more cookbooks (I got JJ Virgin’s, Elana’s Paleo, & Gluten-free Vegan, all in the pat couple months), but I want your room-temp granola bars and to support such a hard working momma!

  • Rochelle

    Can’t wait for your cookbook. Any idea when it will be published? I use your web site to death for all kinds of recipes.
    Hang in there with your busy life. Know that this is only one season of your life. Calmer seasons are just around the corner.
    Thanks again for the amazing site and recipes!

  • oh you precious amazing girl!!! You do SO MUCH with SO LITTLE! I’ll NEVER complain about too little counter space again!!! Thank you for ALL you do for us! (p.s…those little jell-filled ‘binkys’ that you put in the fridge or freezer are amazing at helping to relieve painful little gums that are teething!) (p.p.s have you watched the movie “Julie and Julia”? ~As if you have time to watch a movie!~ But I think you’d like it! It’s a hilarious movie about a young woman who decides to write a cooking blog about cooking her way thru Julia Child’s cookbook doing one recipe a day for a year.) Bless you sweet girl!

  • Bianca

    It’s wonderful information to share: How to clean your oven after such a mishap !
    Meghan, your baby is simply precious and you are adorable. I enjoyed your sharing this story with us. We’ve all had kitchen disasters. I would also like to mention that Baking Soda should be in everyone’s kitchen, easy to get at. It’s also super duper to use in a lovely warm bath with lavender epsom salts.
    Very healthy. 1 C. will do just fine. B. Soda neutralizes and helps restore PH of our body.

    Since I like using green products, I would
    like to recommend Bon-Ami cleanser.. It is a marvel at making stainless pots and pans shine like new again.

    Look forward to your new cookbook. Good luck and above all, love and cherish your adorable baby.

    Namaste !

  • So excited about your cookbook and so sad that my kitchen looks like that right now and I’m not experimenting with any new recipes! HAHA! Just the daily grind of feeding 3 boys whole food keeps my kitchen looking like a tornado hit ;) I am super grateful for blogs like yours that give me help though!

  • Rose

    It’s refreshing to know that you are producing such wonderful meals in a ‘cozy’ kitchen. I always complain how I never have counter space and how I can’t possibly make first class meals given how small my kitchen is. My counters look like yours lately. Well, now I have no excuse and I am motivated to cook up a storm. Thank you for posting real pictures – it makes me appreciate your cooking even more. You made my day!

  • Annabelle

    Wishing you much success with your new book. I hope you sell a million copies. Love your site and your enthusiasm and devotion to what you do.

    I melt my VCO over a heat vent or radiator register.

  • I’m so excited for your book! Also, it’s been fun following you and seeing how your life has changed now that you have a baby. You’re so motivated and work hard! It’s very inspiring! ;)

  • Aleta

    I’m not doing all you are and I don’t have little ones anymore either. But my kitchen can look like your’s also. It doesn’t take much to get it out of control.
    Thank you for sharing as it’s nice to know I am not alone.
    Take care. :-)

  • Heather

    Messy kitchen? You mean *gasp* you’re human??? I love that your kitchen is a wreck! It shows the dedication that you’re sticking into this cookbook along with the time and sacrifices you are making…all to show us the path to perfect health. You’re quite a role model for us all Megan!

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