You probably don’t know this, but I’m really not known for having fabulous cooking skills. Having said that I’ve come a long way from when I first started cooking when I was in my early 20s and living in my first apartment. When GE Appliances, via my ad network BlogHer, asked me to share a kitchen mishap on my blog, I almost laughed out loud when I recalled the story that I’m about to share with you guys. It was so many years ago that I had nearly forgotten it and to be honest…well…it’s kind of an icky story. I hope you won’t judge me! I was living in the inner city of Baltimore, with a roommate whose name I won’t say in order to protect her from embarrassment! My parents had given me a roast beef for Christmas, as a gift. They knew that money was tight. I was working in retail at the time and food gifts were always appreciated! The oven in our apartment was teeny tiny and the roast was quite large. It was a no frills apartment style oven. I popped the roast in on a pan, and it filled the whole oven. It really didn’t fit properly. It nearly touched the coils inside, which I didn’t realize would be a problem having never cooked anything like that before. It went along for quite some time, cooking away and smelling so yummy, when we suddenly noticed that there was a whole lot of smoke coming from the kitchen. I opened the over door to find that the roast had burst into flames!! My roommate ran down the hall, grabbed a fire extinguisher and we put the flames out. Now here’s the gross part, we were broke and well…we were really hungry and you know…the roast had been smelling really good before that and all so…um…we washed it off and…we ate it anyway! Ugh! I certainly wouldn’t do that now, and I would never recommend doing that, but those were desperate times! I do believe we removed some of the outer pieces first…or at least I hope we did! So that’s my crazy cooking story, or at least one of them. 😉 No doubt all of that would have been prevented had I owned a gorgeous oven like the GE Appliances Oven that you see above. It’s a nice roomy double oven that allows you to cook two different dishes, at two different temperatures at the same time! It’s also a self-cleaning oven, like the GE Appliances oven that I have in my kitchen now. Which means cleanup is super easy, even when your oven is covered in soot from the flames of a roast beef tragedy! The GE Appliances philosophy is “It’s not good design unless it’s designed around the consumer.” They listen to the people, like us, that use their appliances, in order to know what innovations to put forward. GE Appliances spends hours and hours studying consumer insights about appliances, in order to improve the design as well as the functionality of each one of their appliances. Be sure and stop by the GE Appliances site to check out the Virtual “Kitchen Reimagined” site where you’ll be able to check out all the inventive and inspiring, GE Appliances ovens, Dishwashers and Refrigerators inside and out, and learn some fun facts too! Now for the Giveaway! Answer the question, “If your kitchen could study you, what would it learn?” in the comments below, for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card! Sweepstakes Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winner will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 08/23/2013-09/29/2013. Be sure to visit the GE Brand Page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!