Yes, you too can have piping-hot chocolate-chip cookies waiting for you when you leave work at the end of the day—and all you need is a disposable baking sheet, some Nestle's Toll House refrigerator dough, a 1993 Toyota Corolla, and temperatures in the high 90s. Undaunted by the disaster of Carrington's attempts to fry eggs on the sidewalk yesterday, I took the suggestion of my wife Alicia and set some cookie dough on my dashboard at 9 a.m. this morning. Her reasoning: my poorly ventilated car is a rolling oven anyway, so why not put it to work?
The results? Five hours of slow cooking, at a temperature I would guesstimate around 140 degrees. When I peeked earlier, around noon, I confess the cookies didn't look very appetizing: some had slid toward the AC vents leaving a trail of viscous slime, like slugs. By 2 p.m., though, they had a crunchy outer crust and filled the car with the smell of cookie goodness. Or maybe I just smelled my gym clothes. Whatever. The experiment worked!
Coming up next, on Dashboard Kitchen Heat-Index Theatre: lasagna.