Fare Thee Well
I've got four that I use.
My Kitchen Aid hand mixer that I love so much that I'll never convert to a bulky, impersonal stand mixer.
My waffle iron. I mean, waffles. What more is there to say?
My crockpot that has delivered me from the drudgery of having to prepare dinners on that dreaded of weeknights where Dr. Mad Scientist has an early AA meeting and it's bath/shower night for the boys.
And finally, our George Foreman grill.
Which cooked its final grilled cheese yesterday afternoon.
Where do I start?
George was given to us as a Christmas present by Dr. Mad Scientist's older brother who came to visit us when Chunky was just an infant.
We tried to make burgers on George like the instructions said.
It made great burgers. But it also made a great mess. The little grease cup had to be positioned just right and could easily overflow with grease. Which made for some interesting culinary choreography of dumping the grease cup during the cooking of burgers.
After about the second try of making burgers, I was ready to write George off as another piece of shit useless kitchen appliance. He sat in the cupboard for a while just taking up space as most useless kitchen appliances do, his grease cup having gone missing.
Until we made our first grilled cheese sandwich on him.
From that day forward he became known as the George Foreman Grilled Cheese maker.
And the nine years we had George he served us countless perfectly crisp and melty grilled cheese sandwiches and the occasional chicken quesadilla.
Until last night when I went to make quesadillas for dinner and the resulting product was a limp mildly warm quesadilla.
George wasn't getting hot anymore--merely warm.
I thought maybe it was a fluke.
So after dinner (of oven-baked quesadillas), I plugged him back in.
His little orange power light no longer glowed and he didn't heat up at all.
It was over.
Rest in peace George Foreman Grilled Cheese maker.
You were a seemingly stupid "fad" appliance from the turn of the century, but you kept us well fed in your gooey cheesy deliciousness.