The Haunted Saucepan – Robert G. Wertzler

A cook’s adversary

Brave & Reckless

Clearly, that saucepan has to be haunted. Nothing I tried to cook in it turned out right. Sometimes it burned, or came out under cooked, or just somehow wrong. Put it on a low flame and in minutes the food was charcoal. On a high flame it could refuse to boil. So, I tried to throw it away.

Do you know that old song, “The Cat Came Back” [The Cat Came Back – Harry S. Miller (adapted by Cisco Houston]? The chorus goes:

“But the cat came back, the very next day,

Thought he was a goner, but the cat came back

`Cause he wouldn’t stay away”

It is like that cat. I put it in the trash and the garbage truck took it to the dump. The next morning, there it was on the stove. Put it in the scrap metal bin at the recycling center, same thing. Donate…

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