Microwave Fresh Strawberry Jam-Summer’s Treat

Strawberry jam is certainly one of the all-time favorite homemade jams. Exceptional, chunky, fresh-fruit jams are easily made within half an hour utilizing the microwave oven. Homemade jams are less sweet than commercial jams and much more exciting in flavor, texture, and color.

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The Microwave: Favorite Stuffed Potatoes

Although there are a few steps to making stuffed potatoes, it is time well spent. People adore them. Stuffing potatoes is an enjoyable way to showcase potatoes, and as a vegetable, potatoes end up as versatile as pasta. Also called twice-baked, or in our case, twice-microwaved, potatoes, the sky is the limit when creating them. They are a vegetarian delight.

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The Baker: Hominy Tortillas

Any serious cook or baker eventually tackles making homemade tortillas. I was lucky as one of the staff in my bakery was from Mexico and was happy to show me how to make them. But even she had problems when the dough wasn’t just right.

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Microwave Cooking: Salmon with Crème Fraîche and Dill in Parchment

Cooking fish “in parchment,” is so simple you can assemble the packets in a few minutes once you have your ingredients. The edges are folded to create a little cooking bag which becomes an airtight steaming pouch. It is one of the fastest methods for cooking fish with the least cleanup.

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The Microwave: Glorious Black and White Fudge for Giving with Love

Fudge making has a bad rap. Making it is messy, you need a thermometer, the stove heat can’t be too hot to burn the chocolate, and there is a big chance it will turn out grainy. Its easier to head over to See’s candy and buy a box of ultra sweet fudge.

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Microwave Brown Bag Popcorn

The microwave is the true home for popping popcorn. While there are quite a few specialized types of microwave popcorn poppers on the market, the good old brown bag method reigns supreme in my mind, especially if you are without any other contraption in which to pop.

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The Microwave: Steamed Artichoke with Artichoke Hummus

Many cooks won’t tackle the whole artichoke in the microwave. But cooked one at a time in a measuring cup, makes the job a joy. Another tantalizing Italian-style way with vegetables cookery.

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Alice Medrich’s Clarified Butter in the Microwave/Ghee in the Slow Cooker

Here’s an easy method for clarifying butter that yields more than the traditional saucepan method does and with less fuss, the method developed by the cooking genius of Alice Medrich. The butter is cut into several chunks and melted it…

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The Microwave: Tokyo Clam Chowder


White clam chowder remains one of the classic American soups, once regional, now transcontinental. There are Santa Cruz boardwalk clam chowders, Miami clam chowder, Nantucket clam chowder, Fire Island clam chowder, Chicago clam chowder, and of course, a New York…

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The Microwave: Robert’s Adult Fantasy Chocolate Sauce

Robert is my friend Robert Lambert, who is a wiz in the kitchen. He knows his stuff about chocolate, having been a private dessert chef making designer-style, lip-smacking good fantasy chocolate desserts for the likes of Joan Collins and Lily Tomlin in his cooking-in-Hollywood days.

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