This morning I decided I was going to hard boil some eggs for later, so I put the eggs and water on the stove, got it boiling, and set the microwave timer. I went back into my home office (just off the kitchen) and promptly forgot about the eggs. We all like to claim that "the alarm didn't go off," but I'm sure in this case I just missed it, with nasty results:
The water boiled off completely, and my hardboiled eggs began to fry. Eventually, my attention was drawn back to the kitchen by the sound of the eggsplosion(s) in the next room. In rapid succession all three eggs re-decorated my kitchen in burned, bad-smelling egg remnants.
Now, I've never been this absent-minded before, but that's no reason not to automate my way out of any potential for future mishaps like this. Does anyone have advice for automating a gas stove? I'm thinking of a simple countdown timer tied to a valve that will cut off the gas line to a burner. Add security features so the line can't be opened remotely (requires a manual button push in the vicinity of the stove, for example), and I think I'll feel much better about walking away from future cooking.
Other ideas welcome...