Warm potato salad
2 lbs. small red potatoes, cut into ½-inch pieces
4 slices bacon (uncooked), cut into ½-inch pieces
¼ cup chopped onion
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. flour
½ tsp. celery seed
1/8 tsp. pepper
2½ Tbs. apple cider vinegar
1. In a 2-quart casserole, combine the potatoes and
¼ cup water. Cover with lid. Cook at High until the
potatoes are tender (7-10 minutes); stir twice. Drain
and set aside to cool slightly.
2. In a medium bowl, cook the bacon at High until crisp
(2½-3½ minutes); stir once. Place the bacon on a
paper towel. Reserve 1 Tbs. drippings.
3. Combine the drippings and onion. Cover with plastic
wrap; turn a corner back to vent steam. Cook at High
until tender (1½-2½ minutes); stir once.
4. Stir in sugar, salt, flour, celery seed, and pepper.
Cook at High until mixture boils (30-40 seconds). Stir
in vinegar and ½ cup water. Cook at High until liquid
boils and thickens slightly (1-2 minutes); stir once.
Add bacon to dressing. Pour dressing over potatoes.
Makes 6 servings.
Black bean soup
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cans (15 oz. each) black beans, drained
1 can (14-16 oz.) stewed tomatoes, chopped
1 can (13.75-14.5 oz.) chicken broth
1 can (7-8.5 oz.) corn
1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies
1-2 tsp. ground cumin
1. Place the onion and garlic in a 3-quart casserole.
Cover with lid. Cook at High for 2 to 4 minutes until
2. Add one can of beans, and mash the beans with a
fork. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
3. Cook uncovered at High for 10 minutes; stir. Reduce
power to Medium and cook for 5 minutes. Stir before
Makes about 2 quarts.
20_ cleaning and maintaining your microwave oven
Keeping your microwave oven clean improves
its performance, wards off unnecessary repairs,
and lengthens its life.
CLEANING THE EXTERIOR
It's best to clean spills on the outside of your microwave
oven as they occur. Use a soft cloth and warm, soapy
water. Rinse and dry.
Do not get water into the vents. Never use abrasive
products or chemical solvents such as ammonia or
alcohol as they can damage the appearance of your
Cleaning under your microwave oven
Regularly clean grease and dust from the bottom of your
microwave using a solution of warm water and detergent.
Cleaning the control panel
Wipe with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly. Do not
use cleaning sprays, large amounts of soap and water,
abrasives or sharp objects on the panel as it is easily
Cleaning the door and door seals
Always ensure that the door seals are clean and that the
door closes properly. Take particular care when cleaning
the door seals to ensure that no particles accumulate and
prevent the door from closing correctly. Wash the glass
door with very mild soap and water. Be sure to use a soft
cloth to avoid scratching.
If a thin film of water accumulates on the inside or outside
of the oven door, wipe it off with a soft cloth. A thin water
film can accumulate when you operate the oven at high
humidity and in no way indicates microwave leakage.
CLEANING THE INTERIOR
Ensure that the microwave oven has cooled down
before cleaning it to avoid injury.
Remove the glass tray from the oven when cleaning
the oven or tray. To prevent the tray from breaking,
handle it with care and do not put it in water
immediately after cooking. Wash the tray carefully in
warm sudsy water or in the dishwasher.
Clean the interior surfaces (oven cavity) of your microwave
oven periodically to remove any splashes or stains. To
remove hardened food articles and remove smells, place
2 cups of water (add lemon juice for extra freshness) into
a four-cup measuring glass. Run the microwave at High
power for 5 minutes or until the water boils. Let water
stand in the oven for one or two minutes.