For the longest time I had been trudging along in my kitchen with a mismatched collection of hand me down pots and pans. After sitting through a particularly thrilling presentation at the home and garden show on the evils of aluminum I got it in my head that it was time to make a change.
Soon after I happened upon a beautiful set of Rachel Ray cookware at my local Ross, and in a moment similar to the end of Gone with the Wind, I clutched the giant box in my arms and never looked back.
The thing about having a huge set of pans is that people are always borrowing them; and as luck would have it, my best friend had just moved in next door.
So out went my little green pan.
Time went by and I started to miss it, so when I came across the very same set in a different color, I rationalized the purchase as a replacement.
In the end I tried to give the set to my new neighbor as a gift, and after noting that she didn't need the whole set, mentioned that she'd just take one pan and leave me with the rest.
As luck would have it, she took the very same pan that she had taken before, again screwing me out of my medium sized pan. You know, the one you need to make eggs, bacon, quesadillas, pancakes, and every other thing you would use a medium sized pan for.
So I went a little overboard...
I scoured the shelves of the kitchen department at Ross... Always searching for my little green pan. Eventually I decided I had had enough and thought surely I could just find a new one online.
So after searching endlessly on Amazon, I finally found it. It was only $20 and I knew it was the one I had been searching for.
So I was surprised to find a box on my doorstep three days later that did not contain my little green pan, but instead, the biggest, most ridiculously oversized wok on a stick I had ever seen. It turns out that I can't read, and measurements never have been my strongpoint, since I ended up with a 18-25 in (I have no idea, it's huge) pan.
Anyways, that monster had been sitting in the cupboard collecting dust until just the other day, when I was attempting to make Pad Thai for the first time.
As I was reading the directions on the package, I thought to myself, "I wish I had a wok".
Then I remembered, I have a big green one on a stick.