Friday, October 31, 2008


Cow bought a little something to bake in the oven last night. It being cold, a warm meal seemed just the thing.

Imagine her surprise when, opening the oven door, she saw a covered casserole dish already residing inside.

After trying to remember just how long it had been since she used the oven (weeks? months?), Cow carefully donned her largest, thickest mitts and carefully carried the dish outside to the raccoon feeding area. And left it.

Checking the area the next day, Cow concluded either 1: raccoons/possums are picky eaters; or 2: they're not fans of her cooking; or 3: she's already feeding them well enough.

So, taking a deep breath, Cow dumped it on the grass. And left the dish.

Cow still pondering whether the dish should just go in the trash. Luckily, a storm is expected next week. She will wait till after that to examine the dish again and make the final decision.



Blogger Gorilla Bananas said...

If the raccoons won't eat it, you may have to dig a hole and bury it. Could it contain raccoon meat? Those critters aren't into cannibalism.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Sadly, that sounds just like something I would do. And have done in the past! Poor raccoons. They probably thought you were trying to poison them!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Linda and her Twaddle said...

All I can say is that I laughed so hard when I read this post. The whole picture of it was great. Dumping it on the grass and just leaving the dish outside. Oh, how funny.

I shall be laughing about this for a while.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

How embarassing!

2:13 PM  
Blogger HEATHER said...

This is so funny because I have done it myself more times than I care to admit.
As for your dish, dump some bleach in it and let it sit in the sink with water for a few days.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Watercolor said...

oops. Well, at least you apparently didn't go hungry one night....

6:36 PM  
Blogger Sandi said...

Ick ... I've done that too. Trust me. Just chuck the whole thing. It's worth the cost of a new pan.

4:11 PM  
Blogger From the Doghouse said...

Any idea of what it used to be?

6:53 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Here's some irony for you. Yesterday I cleaned out and defrosted my little chest freezer and guess what I found in the bottom? A casserole dish with about 1/4 of a leftover dessert of some sort. I'm pretty sure I didn't make it, which means my former roommate made it at some point before she got married and moved out. She's celebrating her second anniversary this month!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Supermom said...

*raising hand*

done that!

12:47 PM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Oh gosh. Glad to know Cow isn't alone in her "oven surprises!"

Cow took Sandi's advice and chucked the whole thing.

Just the thought of reusing the dish was Too Much!

Thinks maybe it was carrots. Or possibly, liver she was cooking for the feral cat. Whatever it was, ooof!

(Cow making Important Topiary Rule--never leave anything sitting in the oven after cooking!)


2:01 PM  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

On reflection, I think you've missed a golden opportunity there. You could have given it another month or three for the flavours to mature further, given it a French name (like 'mirabelles des temps perdues') and sold it in bottles to the hardcore foodies.

2:09 PM  

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