Thankfully, it is REALLY nice outside right now. Maybe high 70s. We had to open all of the windows and run fans. Ick.
When things had cooled off, I took the plate out. It was in two distinct pieces - with about a one inch strip missing from the middle. I'm hoping I can clean it off the element completely so that it doesn't smell like that every time I run the dishwasher!
We're off to take the kids to Jason's Deli to eat, then to Home Depot to get some replacement landscape lighting.