It was Wednesday, the afternoon before Thanksgiving, the first turkey was in the oven as I milled about the kitchen making pies. Thursday the house would be full of people, the air filled with the happy clatter of conversation, plates filled for feasting. But on Wednesday, the house was serenely quiet as I mixed and poured, washed and straightened, so quiet I heard a faint “tch” behind me like someone dropped a set of keys on the counter. No one else was there. I turned around, surveying the counter for anything that may have toppled or settled … nothing was out of place.
Then my glancing eye caught something unusual in the glass of my oven door. The sound I heard, which by now I had almost talked myself out of, was the inside glass on my oven door—cracked like a spider web—turkey still inside.
Breathing deeply now to calm my racing heart and mind.
Upon close inspection, I could see the glass was still intact, though badly cracked, it was time to improvise and overcome … or call the neighbor to use their oven for a back up plan, which I did. Not knowing if the glass would shatter or break into the oven and ruin food, I covered it with aluminum foil to form a shield, just in case, and tenuously proceeded with the baking still in que.
The final judgment could only be determined by the outcome.
The oven and I continued to limp along through two turkeys, rolls, stuffing, and Broccoli-Cauliflower Gratin, but not without a constant nagging in the back of my mind about what I was going to do if my wing and a prayer did start to fall apart. As grateful as I was to have a back up oven just across the street, I didn’t relish the idea of a schlepping dinner through the neighborhood. When I pulled the last item from the oven, a wave of relief swept over me to such an extent I nearly melted in my chair when we sat down to eat. It had been nearly 24 hours since the oven door’s poorly timed protest and Thanksgiving dinner went off without a hitch.
Thankful? Whew! You bet!
For so many things far more meaningful than a working oven, but this Thanksgiving, I added that one to my list.
Important Update: Recently I have had a number of friends comment about the glass in their oven door cracking after using the self-cleaning option on their stove (you can tell by my photo, that was not my problem). Years ago, when my oven was newer I had used the self-clean feature without any problems, however, from what I understand it can be an issue depending on the model and manufacturer. My advice, check on-line for reported issues before you use your self-clean feature if you haven’t already, just to be safe. **My oven temp was only 425° when it happened, so I’m just chalking it up to normal wear and tear. Thankfully, it only cost $150 for the part and my husband was able to repair it.
And to have a little fun this video was recommended by a reader and it’s too good not to share: