Friday, November 9, 2018

Some People's Great Ideas

by Emily Westhill
from the Deputy Donut Mysteries by Ginger Bolton

The young man--he was probably a college kid--came bouncing into our donut and coffee shop, Deputy Donut, like he was in love with the whole world.

He came right up to the counter where I was pouring someone else's coffee and sat on a stool. "Sat" might not be quite the right word. He wriggled so much that he nearly slipped off. Catching me looking at him, he burst out with, "I have this great idea!"

Uh-oh, I thought, great ideas often seemed to involve roping in people who did not necessarily want to be roped in . . .

"You're closed Thanksgiving, right?" he asked. His huge smile showed off very white teeth and a dimple in one cheek.

I thought I knew where this was heading. "Yes, and Christmas and New Year's Day, too.

"I was thinking that since you'll be closed, I could come in and deep-fry a turkey for me and my roommates."

I knew it. "Deep-fry a turkey, here?" I hoped I managed to look as skeptical as I felt.

"Sure, since you won't be using the place that day."

I shook my head decisively. "Our insurance doesn't cover it."

"I'll be careful."

"I know you will," I said, "but deep-frying turkeys have caused lots of fires. Besides, you might get the turkey crispy on the outside, but inside, it will be a nest of salmonella."

"Even if the oil is hot and you leave it in long enough?"

"Yes, and there's another  thing that makes it impossible. Our deep-fryers aren't big enough for a turkey." I stepped aside so he could see Tom lifting a basket of golden donuts out of one of the fryers. "We don't need really deep ones for frying donuts and other small treats."

His shoulders sagged. "Oh. But I told the guys I'd cook the turkey."

"Do you have an oven?"

"Yeah, but I don't know how to cook one in an oven." He probably didn't know how to deep-fry one, either...

"How about a barbecue?"

"Yeah."

"You can cook the turkey on that if it's big enough and has a lid and a temperature gauge. You'll also  need a meet thermometer to make sure it's cooked enough. It will be crispy, and tasty with a slightly smoky taste. Look it up online and you'll find the instructions."

"Cool!"

He bounced out as eagerly happy as he'd come in, and I was glad. I wasn't sure that anyone could deflate him for very long, but if anyone could, I didn't want it to be me.


 Here are the Deputy Donut Mysteries in order:

1. SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS
2. GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD
3. JEALOUSY-FILLED DONUTS (coming September, 2019)

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Would you like a copy of SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS or GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD (your choice)!  In the comments below, tell us about any (mis-) adventures you've had with frying (doesn't have to be deep frying.) One winner will be chosen by random number.


48 comments:

  1. I didn't have any problems but my ex husband did. He is yelling fire and I had to jump into action with the baking powder and then put the lid on. Problem solved. I think it was pork chops he was frying by am not positive, it happened many years ago. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. That reminds me of the time we were using a thermometer to measure the temperature of the oil and didn't notice that it went past the flashpoint. There's a reason they call it the flashpoint...

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  2. Frying latkes takes skill and just the right amount of oil and heat. A learning experience but each year another attempt to make it perfect so they are not burnt to a crisp or just golden. I did experience a scary time during the years. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yum, latkes. I have never managed to fry them without smoking up the house.

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  3. My first job was in a restaurant and they let me try cooking one day. I was not paying attention and deep fried a towel with a bunch of fries.

    kkat.edwards(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That one made me laugh out loud! What a funny story. And I love how you ended it with us wondering what happened next.

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  4. When I was young my mother made us home made delicious fries. Large sliced and perfectly symmetrical as well as tasty and golden. I tried to help but they were charred and the kitchen was a smoky mess. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Home made fries are the best! But maybe not charred.

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  5. I haven't had any adventures but my friend heard how great cast iron skillets were and tried one. I guess she had it too hot and it started to smoke. She was used to skillets with the kind of handles that stay cool to the touch. So instinctively, she just grabbed it to get it off the stove. Yup, not only burned her hand but dropped the skillet on her foot and broke her toe. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I like cast iron skillets. I've burned hands (not badly) but I've found other creative ways of breaking toes, not that one. Your poor friend!

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  6. I have an older home that has a cabinet above my stove, not a hood. The cabinet door *may* be melted from a blackening attempt gone terribly wrong :D

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    1. We have a cabinet above the hood. NOT very safe!

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  7. Not frying, but I remember back in my childhood when the turkey came out of the oven, and my uncle began to carve it, and discovered it wasn't cooked! We had sides to eat until it was finished. Turkey for dessert, I guess.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Oops. It's so hard to get it right. Meat thermometers help, and I like that little plastic thingie that pops up when the thigh is cooked enough. But really, turkeys done on the barbecue are the tastiest. A friend does them. I've succeeded, but I have to admit that it's easier to cook everything either inside or outside. And I've never made a complete Thanksgiving dinner outside. brrr.

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  8. My brother-in-law tried to deep fry a Turkey one year and he had it all set up outside and away from the house. I don't think he realized that it would cook faster by deep frying it and it came out of the oil kind of well done. That was the last time we deep fried a turkey.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Obviously, Emily has her doubts about cooking one enough in a deep fryer... But I agree, do it far from the house.

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  10. Sounds great--I'd love to read it. I really haven't had big problems frying. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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    1. I admit to having problems doing a lot of things . . .

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  11. My sister set off the smoke alarm in our apartment while frying eggs. At the time, our insurance agent had stopped by to discuss our renter's insurance policy. It was pretty funny.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I tried forever to fry wilted lettuce salad and always ended up a mushy, green mess.
    Browninggloria@ hotmail com

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  13. I can't think of any mishaps except once when the turkey was still frozen inside. We placed it in a bowl of warm water so it would thaw. We don't really deep fry anything but we do cook a few things in oil. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  14. I was frying okra and the grease was too hot. The okra was burnt and inedible. kristilewis dot lrc at gmail dot com

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    1. Yum. I've never tried frying okra, but I can imagine it could be good. Well, not burnt, though.

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  15. My ex husband and I were trying to fry chicken for kung pao chicken and didn't have the oil hot enough. Also, we didn't bread the chicken pieces in the proper order. So, when we fried the chicken, all the coating fell off and we had naked chicken. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. The coating often falls off, I've found. I'm not sure how to glue it on properly.

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  16. I forget to turn the exhaust fan on sometimes and set the smoke detector off. In my defense, the detectors here seem to be really sensitive! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. Better too sensitive than not sensitive enough! We had a dog who was terrified of smoke detectors going off, poor thing. We had to take her away whenever we needed to test or change batteries.

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  17. I have had a problem with the oil being too hot too. It just splattered everywhere.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Ugh, what a mess. And those little hot splatters can hurt!

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  18. Not frying, but boiling.... various people have put eggs on to be hardboiled and forgotten about them.... once even setting off a fire alarm. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  19. One New Year's Eve I was trying to deep fry on our stove using a deep pan. The oil got too hot and snapped and the oil hit the open flame. It caused flames to shoot around the pan. I grabbed my baking soda and shut off the gas, slapped on a lid to the pan. Needless to say our New Years started off with a hot time. lol! robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. A hot time, indeed. That was more drama than you really needed!

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  20. I don't know if this counts but the closest we've had to disaster is setting the oven on fire :) One of my brothers was staying with us and it was a Sunday so me and my daughters went off to church leaving the guys ( brother, husband, and son) in charge of Sunday dinner. When we returned home the house was reeking of smoke and all doors and windows were open. I ask what happen. Seems they were baking hamburgers in the oven and the grease somehow spilled out and caught the oven on fire. WOW. Anyhow instead of baking soda they threw sugar on it!!! Not once but twice!! Then some flour!! Can we say we were lucky to have a house left. I never did ask how they managed to get the fire out ( shock I think ) . I do know it took me a month to get the baked/ fried sugar out of my oven. :)
    Vicki
    nvictoria77@yahoo.com

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  21. Frying has never been a problem, thank goodness. Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win Survival Of The Fritters. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. My cooking disasters have been minor, but still . . .

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  22. My cousin was staying me while she started working & saving money. She had told me she didn't know how to cook, so we divided the chores. She was working mostly grave yard shift while I was on days. She had been given a turkey for the holiday & yes she did.
    I came home to Smokey home with dome windows open my kitchen still a mess.
    My boy friend told me he woke up to the smoke alarm going off & LOTS of smoke upstairs. He said that the turkey had been broiled by mistake. She was trying to get it out of the oven & dropped the pan. I understand there were no flames but the smoke was really bad. Kitchen got cleaned up and I took the dogs & stayed with my parents that night. Lol. I was lucky they at least knew how to use the fire extinguisher. Lol. Debra Woloson daw655(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. Oh gosh, some of these comments are funny! I've not had any frying issues..but Thanks for some funny fry stories! nani_geplcs@yahoo.com

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    1. I agree. There are some funny stories here, and good storytellers, too.

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  24. well having never cooked corn bread in frying pan, I thought I would give it a try. I bout a new cast burned black on frying pan and everything I needed to make corn bread. I seasoned the frying pan before hand like instructions said. Still this was not a goo experience, the bread burned black on the bottom and had a hole in the middle. threw it all away the pan too. Georgia queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. I love my cast-iron frying pans. And cornbread--yum. Maybe I should try putting the two together. Or not.

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  25. Congratulations to nvictoria77. You are the winner of your choice of either SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS or GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD. I'll be in touch. Thank you to everyone who entertained us with your stories of cooking, and keep checking this blog for other #giveaways!

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    1. Thank you so very much. I sent off an email with address.

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