Is it possible to break something in the kitchen without dropping it? Well, I now know that it is.
I was making another pizza dough yesterday morning. I had mixed all the ingredients in a glass bowl, and was shaping it into a dough in the same glass bowl. Everything was coming together nicely. I grabbed one end of the dough, folded it over, and dug the heel of my hand into the folded dough. I repeated this a couple of times, and on the third folding, it happened.
I must have dug in with the heel of my hand a tiny bit too hard, because the force of my hand pushed the bowl (with the dough in it) about a foot across the counter, towards the coffee machine. The glass bowl made direct contact with the glass carafe part of the coffee machine. The glass carafe that was still half-full with coffee.
What followed was definitely not one of my shining moments in the kitchen. The carafe instantly shattered into pieces on impact, and the coffee gushed out of the broken carafe, spilling everywhere on the counter.
What the &$*% (#1).
After the mess was cleaned up, Keith and I drove over to Target to see if we could get a replacement carafe. The coffee machine was a cheapie Mr. Coffee that Keith had paid $15 for at Amazon.com. We thought we could get a replacement carafe for pretty cheap. Well, we thought wrong. At Target, the same coffee machine was $17, and the replacement carafe was about $15. What the &$*% (#2).
We ended up walking out of Target with a brand new coffee machine of a different brand.
And a toaster, because we didn't have one.
And a nice set of measuring spoons, because my plastic ones were falling apart.
And a pizza cutter, because Keith wanted one.
And a head of garlic - an impulse buy.
Lessons learned: 1) don't make pizza dough near the coffee machine; and 2) it's impossible to walk out of Target with just one item.
Here is a picture of the pizza that broke the coffee machine. This time, I topped the pizza with turkey kielbasa, red onions, green onions (garden), Early Girl tomatoes (garden) and fresh basil/oregano/thyme (all garden). Oh, and lots of garlic. It was a delicious pizza, but I'm still wondering if it was worth the coffee machine sacrifice. Oh well.