July 13, 1988 |
The hassle and time-consuming nature of roasting chilies and creating a chili sauce are often discouraging to cooks who seek to prepare a particular Mexican dish from scratch. So instead of enjoying the fresh taste inherent in home-roasted chilies and homemade chili powder and salsas, the cook ends up substituting a preseasoned, processed product from the supermarket that tends to mask the wonderful fragrance of the prime ingredient. Enter the microwave oven. With the proper technique, even traditional fare such as Mexican cuisine can be completed in about one-third the conventional time.
May 13, 1987 |
Have you ever wished you could call home and ask your VCR to tape a TV show? Or maybe you've wished you could remotely command the house air conditioner to go into overdrive 'cause you're bringing home a gang from the office. This dream of the fully automated home - including a computer and telephone-controlled audio/video system, microwave oven, burglar alarm, lighting and heating system and even an automatic curtain opening or plant watering apparatus - has already been realized in Japan by Mitsubishi.
May 7, 1989 |
Techno-dolts. They're all around us. These poor unfortunates are, by the millions, baffled by their videocassette recorders; intimidated by their personal computers (many still sitting in the original cartons); flummoxed by their microwaves; befuddled by the extra buttons on their phones; scared of their food processors; stymied by the office's new copy machine. You know who you are. Techno-dolts are not necessarily stupid. But they are confused. They are lawyers, engineers, editors, business executives . . . "You're talking about almost everyone, really," says John Bear, author of Computer Wimp, a self- help book.
April 1, 1987 |
In a sense, Phyllis Levy has changed the eating habits of millions of Americans. Ironically, she never learned to cook and admits to being a klutz in the kitchen. "In my role here, I don't have to be able to cook," she said. "I have to be able to eat. " Levy, 33, is a marketing executive for Campbell Soup Co., one of the country's largest food companies. Five years ago, she supervised the team that developed Campbell's line of Le Menu frozen dinners. Those dinners, designed for rapid heating in a microwave oven, have turned out to be godsend for the rest of America's culinary incompetents and a bonanza for Campbell.
June 24, 1987 |
One of the joys of microwave cooking is easy cleanup. By using disposable paper and plastic products, clean-up is faster still. Here are some tips from the Better Homes and Gardens test kitchen for using paper and plastic. Paper Towels: Use only all-white products. Look for paper towels that are FDA approved for the microwave oven, made from natural fibers and have no coloring. The hot, moist conditions in the microwave oven may cause toxic dyes from color paper products to bleed onto food.
August 5, 1987 |
Elaine Deliberto of suburban Chicago cooks with two microwave ovens. "If it's not microwaveable, I don't want it," says the mother of four sons and a daughter and the grandmother of five. Deliberto and her husband, Ross, celebrate every birthday, holiday and graduation with family parties, just as their parents did in Chicago's Bohemian and Italian neighborhoods. Deliberto still cooks the family's favorite ethnic recipes, but she does it the modern way - with a microwave oven.
January 27, 1991 |
MICROWAVE SAFETY For National Burn Awareness Week, which begins Feb. 3, the National Burn Awareness Task Force is urging you to be careful when using your microwave oven. Microwave-related burns are on the rise, and it is children who seem to suffer the more serious ones, says the coalition of medical professionals, firefighting groups and burn foundations. Children should be old enough to manage the hot food and surfaces safely before they are allowed to use a microwave oven. Also, they should never open a microwave oven door when their faces are level with the front of the heating chamber, the group says.
October 14, 1987 |
In the beginning, there was Barbara Kafka, a sharp-tongued food authority and restaurant consultant who reserved some of her sharpest dismissals for the omnipresent microwave. In the end, there was still Barbara Kafka, as sharp-tongued as ever. But there were also 13 microwave ovens in her home kitchen and almost 600 microwave recipes in her latest cookbook. And when a big-name food writer like Kafka declares that microwave cooking can be healthy or that food cooked in a microwave oven can be gourmet quality, America is likely to listen.
January 12, 1992 |
Truffles are elegant, easy to make and delicious. After shaping, they can be rolled in cocoa, powdered sugar, chocolate sprinkles or ground nuts. Pecans, walnuts or almonds - from the bulk food bins - work well. Truffles also can be dipped in additional chocolate. To do this, place the truffles on a baking pan lined with wax paper after rolling them. Freeze the truffles until just firm, about one hour. In a small, microwavable glass dish, place 12 ounces of chocolate - bittersweet, semisweet or milk chocolate.
June 10, 1987 |
The microwave oven is a useful accessory to the barbecue grill. Although the barbecue grill produces a flavor unmatched by any other cooking method, you can have great-tasting results in about half the time by combining the microwave oven with the outdoor grill. Outdoor cooking takes time - time to get the coals hot and time to grill the food slowly. If the coals are too hot or too many, the food will be burned on the outside and raw on the inside. By partially micro-cooking before placing on the grill, you save up to half the time.