Episode 128: Toy Kitchens and the Easy-Bake Oven

Monday, May 6, 2019
We get into the interesting and dangerous history of toy kitchens, from the tiny cast iron stoves in the 1800s to the current Easy-Bake Oven. Who had one?

Let's taco 'bout it!

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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • Food Nerd Shoutout: Hey Bode! He's going to culinary school next year and we're so grateful you listen to the podcast. 
  • Winter has been binge watching Murder She Wrote (ha ha!).
  • Let's Dig into the Kitchen Drawer: Sharon has been binge watching Queer Eye, and Antony has been going through people's kitchen. It showed the light on how much they appreciate their aprons, specifically by Hedley and Bennett Denver Apron. Ike loves his apron!
  • The website Atlas Obscura has a newsletter called Gastro Obscura, where they wrote about toy kitchens that used to deadly!
  • From the book Little Men, it describes a little toy kitchen that would actually boil water!
  • There are so many tiny versions of cast iron stoves, including this one, this one, and this one. Plus, you can buy one on Amazon for a dollhouse!

  • There were oil and gas stoves, but eventually changed to electric stoves. It's a good thing, because there were many deaths caused by those oil and gas stoves!
  • The Easy-Bake Oven was created in 1963 by toy company Kenner (same company who created the Star Wars figures back in the day). The Easy-Bake Oven ran off of two 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.
  • When Betty Crocker took over, it made it even easier, because all you had to do was add water to the baking mixes in the Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven.
  • You could make cookies, brownies, and cakes when they rebranded it to the Easy Bake Oven and Snack Center.
  • Queasy Bake Cookerator was geared towards boys. It's no longer sold--bummer!

  • In 2007, there was a recall of a million of Easy-Bake Ovens, due to kids getting their hands stuck in the front loading door.
  • Sharon wants an Easy-Bake Oven. Who wants to get her one?
  • Introducing Interesting Ingredients: Winter's tangent about split pea soup from the children's book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It's a great book, but it's warped her perception of split pea soup. By the way, here's a couple of episodes based in the Swedish culture here and here. However, with a little squeeze of Johnnys Senap Sotstark (aka Johnny's Hot and Sweet Mustard) stirred in Lee's split pea soup is THE BEST! By the way, it's not that "hot". In fact, I'd say it's not spicy at all! 

Run Time: 45 minutes

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