I go on autopilot pretty often while cooking at home, especially during the week. Yesterday I grabbed the stainless steel handle of a skillet to toss around some shallots for a pan sauce. Sounds reasonable, except I forgot that I had just pulled that skillet out of a 400 degree oven. Oops! Funny how I expect handles to magically cool down as soon as I take the pot out of the oven (clearly, because it can't be hot and be on the range at the same time).
Do you ever do stupid, absentminded things like that while cooking? I can't be the only one!
(If you're wondering, I managed to let go before I burned my hand too terribly; it just stung for a few hours).
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