"Forrest Gump" is one of my favorite food movies. What? You don't think it's a food movie? It's totally a food movie. It gave the world Bubba, and gave voice to my love of shrimp. I had never related to a character until I witnessed The Shrimp Speech by one Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue. So much shrimp; so many possibilities. Steamed shrimp, shrimp gumbo, shrimp patties, shrimp and grits — all unequivocally satisfying. But the one shrimp dish that will forever have my heart is shrimp scampi. This is how I do it for lunch.
Thank goodness for our trusty small appliances. They mix and chop and save us time, and so rightfully deserve that prime spot on the countertop. But finding a good place to store the accompanying parts and pieces is trickier. Where should you put those food processor blades and stand mixer attachments so that they're easy to get to, but not in the way? Here are five ideas.
Take a walk through the freezer section at any grocery store and you're likely find almost an entire aisle devoted to microwavable meals. From rice bowls to mac and cheese to lasagna — the options are endless. But even the ones that claim to be nutritious or healthful don't beat an equally quick meal made at home with the aid of the microwave.
The microwave isn't typically an appliance associated with making homemade bread. And while we won't be using it for baking bread any time soon, it just might be your ticket to speeding up the proofing process.
Just because weekday mornings are rushed doesn't mean you don't have time for an omelet for breakfast. It's the kind of meal that shouldn't be reserved for weekends only. This version of a western omelet is served in a mug and cooks up in less than two minutes.
The microwave is probably not the first thing you picture when you hear the words "healthy cooking." But if you are trying to eat better, the microwave is actually a very useful tool – especially if you don't have the time to prepare nutritious meals from scratch every day.
I don't eat tortellini often; I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because it doesn't feel like there's ever enough, or maybe it's because I have only had it with sauces that are too heavy for the little cheese packages. That must be it, because after making this recipe, I can't come up with any other explanation. The tomato sauce is light enough to offset any heaviness the cheese in the tortellini may bring, and the mushrooms contribute an earthiness that is always amazing with tomatoes.
Like all kitchen appliances, your microwave wasn't built to last forever. At some point it's going to need replacing. The question is when? Here are the telltale signs that it's time to start shopping for a new microwave.
I got a pressure cooker long before I started thinking about kids, back when I was just a busy person who loved being able to cook quick weeknight dinners. Then I had a baby and realized that a pressure cooker is even more essential for new parents, with uses I never even thought about before I had an infant.