I fix and eat a lot of soup. The day I make some there is no problem, the soup is hot and I dip some into the bowl and eat it. For the next few days, I put the cold soup into a bowl and put the bowl into the microwave to heat it up. When it is hot, it has always been a problematic thing for me to extract the hot bowl from the microwave. I used to awkwardly try to get a grip on the edge of the bowl with a thick hot pad to remove it from the microwave without burning my fingers, or tipping and spilling the soup.
Joan made me a solution to the problem. I don’t know what they are called and maybe they have been around for a while, but I was unaware of them. She sewed up a contoured hot pad that fits the bowl and has protruding corners, giving me something that is easy to grab for pulling the bowl out of the microwave. So now I just put the bowl of cold soup in the contoured hot pad, put it into the microwave and easily get it out when it is hot.
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