Guide to Cooking Whole Grains with Printable Chart

My Complete Guide to Cooking Dry Beans from Scratch remains one of the most popular posts, so  I wrote up this companion piece for whole grains. Since most of use use white rice from time to time, I included it. Guide to Cooking Whole Grains Note: Cooking times are approximate and depend on the age […]

Wilted Red Peppers with Garlic

Nothing says summer like red peppers. My group vegetable order featured red peppers a few weeks ago, so I remembered this relish recipe in The Well-Filled Microwave. The microwave cooks the peppers up quickly, with no need to stand over the stove.  In the microwave, the peppers retain their shape and flavor. My study group […]

Marinated Nile Perch Fillet in Microwave

I had an exchange on Twitter with a friend on Twitter doesn’t like food that comes out of the microwave. But the microwave doesn’t inherently change the taste of food—there no such thing as “microwave taste.” Microwave techniques are different than other cooking methods. To get good results from the microwave, you need to learn […]

Fried Potato Latkes (Pancakes) for Chanukah with Easy Homemade Applesauce

Potato latkes are a frugal food. My father grew up in Poland and ate potatoes at every meal. And with latkes, it doesn’t matter if the potatoes are a little soft. Do cut off any green parts, though, as they contain the mildly poisonous solanine. for My mother made latkes all the time, not just […]

Pomegranate-Quince Relish

Wednesday is Recipe Day at Cooking Manager. This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, the Well-Filled Microwave Cookbook. This could be something special for your Thanksgiving table, or an unusual holiday gift. This is a flavor combination you don’t often see, and using the microwave means your pot won’t scorch. Ingredients: 2 large  […]

Linda’s Microwave Fish Fillets

Wednesday is recipe day at Cooking Manager. This is from my friend Linda, who says it tastes better than it sounds. Actually, fish comes out moist and tasty in the microwave because it is equivalent to steaming. Baking can dry fish out, if you’re not careful. Ingredients: 1/2 kg. or 1 lb. fish fillets (e.g. […]

Microwave Poached Pears in Red Wine

Wednesday is recipe day at Cooking Manager. This is the time of year for pears. This elegant, not-too-sweet dessert cooks up in the microwave in 15 minutes. This recipe comes from the wonderful introduction to microwave cooking, The Great Microwave Dessert Book by Thelma Pressman. Serves 4. Ingredients: 4 firm, ripe pears 3 cups water […]

Complete Guide to Cooking Dried Beans from Scratch

Instructions for cleaning, soaking, inspecting for insects, and cooking dried beans, peas and legumes in the microwave, crockpot, pressure cooker and pot. Beans and legumes are among the healthiest foods you can eat. A vegetable protein, they contain fewer pesticides than animal products. They’re low in fat, and are versatile enough to absorb flavor from a wide variety of flavors and spices. With so many warnings about chemicals in canned foods, now might be the time to make the switch to home-cooked beans.Dried beans are usually very cheap, although they take a while to cook so consider energy usage when making price comparisons. Make a large quantity and freeze to make the effort worthwhile. I’ll give a few methods.

The following instructions apply to kidney beans, chickpeas, dried peas, black-eyed peas, white (navy) beans, black beans, pinto beans, lima beans, fava beans, and lentils.

Recipe: Oil-Based Pie Crust

Pie crust is usually made with butter or margarine, both of which I avoid. In my post on creative pie crusts, reader Ilana gave a recipe for an oil-based crust. I finally got around to trying it the other day and was pleased with the texture. The recipe includes instructions for mixing by hand or with the food processor, and baking in the microwave or conventional oven.

Microwaved White Beans Boston-Baked Style

The twenty-minute kid-friendly dinner challenge is turning out harder than I expected. I haven’t had much time on the computer lately to look for recipes, but the biggest question is, what is your definition of kid-friendly? Could it include beans or lentils? Cooked vegetables? Does everything need to be in tiny pieces?

This microwave recipe for baked beans takes less than twenty minutes only if you prepare the beans in advance. Preparation time is short.
White Beans Boston-Baked Style

Source: The Well-Filled Microwave Cookbook, Victoria Wise and Susanna Hoffman.

These instructions are for the microwave, but you can easily adapt it to the stove or crockpot.