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Place cream cheese (without foil wrapper) on a glass
plate and "nuke" on High for about 10 seconds to soften for a
recipe. Works for butter or margarine, too.
Melt butter or margarine in a custard cup in less than
30 seconds.
A dish calls for sauteed onions or peppers: Melt butter
in a bowl. Put in sliced onions and stir to coat with butter.
Cover with plastic wrap. Done in about 5 minutes on High.
(Use about 3 onions.)
For sliced peppers, I place them in a bowl; spray a
little "Pam" on them, cover with plastic wrap...done in 7 to 10
minutes on High. (Use about 3 peppers.)
Be careful of steam when removing plastic.
If a dish calls for partial cooking of meat before
adding to a casserole, "nuke it!" Example: Now when I make
Chicken Cacciatore, instead of standing over a hot pan turning
and spattering, I season the chicken all over and place on a
ridged platter, cover with paper towels, and cook on High for
about 10 minutes, then add to pot.
Jiffy poached egg: Pour 1-inch of water into a custard
cup. "Nuke" about 10 seconds to boil. Crack egg into water.
Puncture yolk. Cook about 45 seconds. Use slotted spoon to
place on toast. (Time depends on each oven and how well done
you like it.)
Invest in a couple of Corning Ware-type dishes so you
can change from oven to stovetop and vice versa during over-
Hurry up baked potatoes. Wash, dry and pierce potatoes
and bake nearly full time (3 to 4 minutes for each) on High.
Then place on the hot grill with your steaks or put in toaster
oven to crisp skin. Less time with same effect.
No clean up bacon, always crispy. Layer paper plate,
paper towel, bacon slices and paper towel. Place in a large
paper bag. Place all on a ridged platter. Cook on High for
about a minute per slice. Rotate platter once during cooking.
Use tongs to remove bacon. Toss out the mess. Put away the
platter. If you like cooking with bacon fat, then this isn't
for you.
Bring pizza back to life by nuking for a few seconds to
freshen topping, then put in toaster oven to crisp crust.
Right after cooking something that had a lot of moisture
is the best time to wipe down the oven. All surfaces are damp
and any cooked on food is softened. Use paper towels for
absorbency and then toss out.
I can't imagine life before my microwave! Now, I have
more time to read the paper!
Oh, to get the last drops of honey, place an almost
empty jar in oven (without top) for a few seconds. It pours
right out. Works for other thick sauces, too.

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