I decided to try my hand at making a roast chicken tonight. Yes, it's true: I had never really roasted a whole chicken before. I usually took the lazy route to buy one of those grocery store birds in the plastic packaging, but not tonight.
The chicken itself turned out really good. I used Alton Brown's recipe for roast chicken as a guideline (mainly because I couldn't figure out how to butterfly the thing) and it ended up with some great flavor and juiciness. I then moved on to the step to deglaze the pan and make some jus. We don't really have a metal roasting pan, so I had cooked the chicken in a Pyrex dish. And yes, I put it on the stove.
Everything was going fine until I started pouring the liquid into another container. I had just finished getting the last drops out when… the pan exploded all over the kitchen. There were bits of casserole dish a good 10 feet away. Both Shauna and I were so taken aback that we just stood there looking at the mess for several seconds before we hurried the dogs into the backyard and started to clean it up.
So let that be a lesson for those of you that don't know: Pyrex and direct heat just don't mix.