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Microwave Cooking 
Sep. 9, 2009 12:42 pm 
Updated: Sep. 11, 2009 5:23 am
Oliver and I officially moved into the new house. (Yaaaay!) Every room is painted except two bathroom, the playroom, the foyer, and the edging in Oliver's room and the guest room. The fridge is in, I fixed the plumbing (by having a friend's husband do it), and the fake tint has, for the most part, been removed. The washer and dryer are in my friends garage (this weekends project- that and finishing O's room and the spare bath) but we still have no stove, hot water, or air conditioning (this due to my laziness in buying filters). Luckily, it's Texas in September which means it's still 95-100 everyday. Who needs hot water??? The item that I'm missing the most is a stove/oven. I keep seeing recipes to try and then I remember "hmm, I can't bake/saute/roast/broil it:. I went so far as to put some beans in a pot to soak so that I could boil them on the stove top. Those should be interesting to complete in the microwave-3 hours later. Ha!

So far I've made the following foods in the microwave. I've encountered the good, the bad, and the ugly.

 The good has been the standard mac and cheese, instant rice with frozen veggies, and peanut sauce with pre-cooked chicken. A few things that I tried, didn't expect to work but turned out amazing was spaghetti and tomatoes sauce, scrambled eggs, and cheese and bean quesadillas.

The bad so far has only been a frozen pizza which my lovely boyfriend bought forgetting that we have no oven.

The ugly is another story. For those of you that care don't ever try to make grilled cheese in the microwave. EVER. For starters, it's called "grilled" for a reason. The dish that I created was better labled "soggy cheese bread". Actually, I'm not sure there was actually any cheese left on the bread as it so gracefully pooled all around the turntable. I'll be scraping cheese off of it until we sell the house. My second ugly was much, much worse because this looked and smelled yummy so I tried to eat it. I attempted hardboiled eggs. I added eggs to salted water, heat till boiling, then covered and left alone. One egg cracked but "no worries" I thought. So, for my lunch I peeled two hardboiled. They looked perfect- no gray yolks, no runny yolks, and they smelled normal. I'm a microwave master I thought to myself. Sitting ever so hungrily at my desk the next afternoon I lightly salted an egg and took a nice big bite. I think my face went three shades of green and then grayish. To this day I'm not sure what was worse, the taste of the texture. I don't think there are even words to describe the odd texture. Slimy, rubbery, un-egg-like. Eek. I didn't even attempt a second bite. Definately an ugly.

The best part of this entire story is that I just realized (.07 seconds ago) that I own a toaster oven. I swear I'm not a natural blonde.

Tonight's sans oven kitchen attempt will be toasted (yes, in the toaster oven) cheddar and turkey avocado sandwiches. Yums.

Remember...today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Sep. 9, 2009 5:57 pm
I feel your pain...I renovated my kitchen which took an unbelievable 5 plus months and used my microwave,toaster oven and electric frying pan to feed 5 people every night! Hope you can get a stove soon!
Sep. 11, 2009 12:00 am
I thought living without an oven was impossible. I had a stovetop, toaster oven and microwave. You might think about a slow cooker to help tide you over.
Sep. 11, 2009 5:23 am
Our oven on the boat uses propane which inevitably runs out at the worst time. When I don't have time to put something in the slow cooker, Moist Garlic Chicken is one of my favorite microwave recipes:http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Moist-Garlic-Chicken/Detail.aspx
It only takes about 10 minutes! Before I tried it I thought cooking chicken in the microwave was weird, but it's really really good!
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