Most dangerous Thanksgiving food in Idaho?* If you’re thinking, "It's got to be turkey because turkey deep fryers are dangerous," guess again. This is something we learned the hard way at our own home a few years ago.

Very rarely does this author tell a story in the first person, but there's no other way to do this and do it justice, so bear with me the one time a year that I do this. 

Perhaps, you’ve ended up with the responsibility of preparing the family’s Thanksgiving Dinner this year. It’s your first time bringing it all together. You’re trying your hand at recipes you’ve never tried before. We’d like to help by sharing a cautionary tale from Thanksgiving 2018. 

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Back when we had far less responsibility at our jobs than we do now, we would invite over all of our misfit friends that we know don't have anywhere else to celebrate the holiday. This is hubby's time to shine. Once I'm done perfecting my grandma's stuffing recipe, I'm not allowed in the kitchen...at all. I pretty much get banned to the clubhouse to make sure the table is set and that the TV is working properly for the late NFL game.

That's why I was shocked on Thanksgiving Day 2018 when I got a text from my husband asking me to run across the parking lot to the apartment ASAP. I ran up the stairs to find our front door, balcony door and all of the windows open.  Walking into the apartment, all I could smell was smoke. All I could see was the haze left behind by the smoke and my husband standing there with the oven door wide open.

"What the heck happened here?!"

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"The onions. They're flammable."

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"What onions? The onions in my stuffing?!"

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"No. The crispy onions. They're flammable. I had no idea."

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Apparently, my husband had managed to rub the onions on top of his green bean casserole across the heating element in our oven causing the entire top layer of it to catch on fire. He ran out to the balcony carrying the pan and almost tossed the flaming side dish over the rail...until he caught himself and quickly realized this would be a horrible sequel to throwing a grill through the neighbor's living room window just months before.

So...he set it down...next to the propane tank for the grille. Nothing exploded. Thank goodness. 

The kitchen smelled like a bonfire for the next few days, but everyone made it out alive!

Because of my lovable (though not always bright) husband, I'm officially calling green bean casserole the most dangerous Thanksgiving food in Boise.

...also, no one other than my husband and I ate the damn casserole in the end. I don't even like green bean casserole, but I ate it since it almost killed everyone in our apartment building.

* This is a humor piece. We cannot scientifically confirm that this is the most dangerous Thanksgiving food in Idaho. But we wanted to share this hysterical, light-hearted story to let our listeners know that we’re grateful for them and to say thank you for letting us be part of your day! May your casseroles stay flameless. Happy Thanksgiving! *

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