Well apparently, all along it's been the oven's fault. We noticed that our oven seems to cook things faster than the directions usually call for, and sometimes we compensate for that with a shorter cooking time or a lower temperature. But today I bought us an oven thermometer, one that sits in your oven and reads the actual temperature inside. I had the oven set to 400? to cook our chicken nuggets. I peeked inside near the end of the cooking time, and expected that the thermometer might read as much as 425?, but no. It was 500?! WHAT!
So I thought okay, that's ridiculous, but maybe it's off by more when the oven is so hot. Let's turn it down to 200? and see what happens. That experiment turned out better, if you call being 50? off better. Before we did the experiment, Andy said that if it was more than 25-50? off we would get a new oven.
Anyone want to buy us an oven? TLC, the DIY Network, Food TV, do you hear us? We need a kitchen makeover! A girl has got to be able to bake herself some brownies!