Fire Alarm Works!!

I don’t often make potato kugel. I hate peeling potatoes. My hands get all starchy and I just hate to do it. But the KoD asked me, and I couldn’t say no to him – he doesn’t ask that much of me.

I must have put too much oil in the dish, because half way through the cooking process there was smoke billowing out of the oven. I rushed to turn it off and open windows. I checked the oven – there was a lake of smoking oil on the bottom.

Then the fire alarm starting to beep. It’s connected to our house alarm. Um, how do I shut it off?

I called the KoD who is running errands with my two oldest sons. He answered on speakerphone (either that or my voice was so loud they all heard me) in a jovial tone. I blurted out “How do I turn the fire alarm off??” and heard raucous laughter from my young progeny.

The alarm company called me, we figured it all out, and the kugel looks like it may still be edible. The windows are open, the alarm has stopped beeping, and I am about to braid my challahs. Will turn the oven back on once I have mopped up the oil on its floor and once the smoke has dissipated.

Oh, and the kid that yelled to me from the sofa – “I think that’s the fire alarm” – thanks for not getting up to check that I wasn’t on fire. You rock.

I will NEVER live this down. I can just see it now…. Sigh.

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  1. lady lock and load says:

    Oh, so do any of your four chachomim know how to turn off the fire alarm, huh? huh? And they expect dessert tonight?

  2. Frayda says:

    I know this is slightly off topic but I was wondering which recipe you use. The potato kugel recipe from Kosher by Design is really awesome! Also, can’t you get one of your boys to peel the potatoes for you?

  3. lady lock and load says:

    I wear disposable gloves to peel potatoes.

  4. IMA2FOUR7 says:

    What is it about snow that causes a yen for potato kugel?
    I made mine yesterday, and haven’t done so in a really long time either. The food processor no longer even permits itself shred. I like the Golden Kugel Recipe from the Spice an Spirit Cookbook, it has served me well over the years. It was so good though…I could not help myself!
    Sorry about the fire alarm, here it is referred to as the frying alarm. It goes off weekly kugel or not!
    Gut Shabbes!

  5. Chav says:

    If the kugel is yummy they’ll forget about torturing you about it. Cross your fingers. Lol

  6. melchettmike says:

    Hadassah darling,

    Your blog is resembling mine more and more with every day . . .

    Even if you don’t “credit” me, I deserve at least, I believe, a listing in “Cross Pollination”! ;-)

    Your mentor,


  7. melchettmike says:

    I take it all back . . . although it is rather a long list!

  8. Rivkah T. says:

    Oh, I’ve done something quite similar. My sister has a recipe where you start by pre-heating the oil in the oven whilst you are grating the potatoes. While making a double batch one day, the oven kept on smoking while I was trying to preheat the oil in the disposable aluminum pans. I finally figured out that we had managed the cut the bottom of one of the pans and the oil was slowly dripping out onto the oven’s floor.

    Glad everyone’s ok!

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