I don't know about you but cooking for me can be dangerous. Ever since I left a pot of sugar water for hummingbird food on the stove and "stepped outside" and a "few minutes" later had a fire department engine in my driveway, I have a rule: if I have something on the stove, I am not allowed out of the kitchen.
Well, I at least don't allow myself to go outside, it's too easy to get distracted and get involved in doing something that passes the time much too quickly. I can also get distracted inside the house, especially when I'm surfing recipe books. After several tries, I have a new system: whenever I have something on the stove, I slip on this elastic bracelet of gold-tone balls.
The bracelet is big enough to periodically get in the way to remind me I have something cooking, and easy enough to slip on and off when I go through several cooking sessions in one day. That's usually in fall and winter, I tend not to cook so much in summer. Unless it's food for bees, or hummingbirds.
Which reminds me, I need to bake another batch of cookies for the fire department. This time, I will deliver the cookies, no need for them to stop by and pick them up!
Have you ever left something cooking on the stove too long?