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Cooking: Google and a Microwave

Kitchens are the hub of most homes and it’s mostly about traditional cooking however when microwave was born it was all about quick cooking. Most working moms are really thankful for microwaves.

The heating effect of microwaves was discovered accidentally in 1945 when an engineer, working on an active radar set, noticed a chocolate bar in his pocket starting to melt. The first food intentionally cooked with a microwave was popcorn and the second was an egg (which exploded).

When you’re buying a home, you expect the kitchen to include a microwave oven and in the US, they are fairly common but that wasn’t always the case.

I remember our first microwave, we thought it was a great tool for defrosting whatever we decided to have for dinner … as we weren’t good at planning ahead (then, or now). It took years to learn microwave cooking.

Cookbook or Google?

Many people used to pick out a favorite cookbook but now it is easier to google anything including the simplest thing in the kitchen like “how long to defrost the pork chops”. Of course, you then jump to browsing recipes “cooking pork chops”. The recipe How to Cook a Beautiful Pork Chop was quite amazing but it DOES NOT include the word microwave.

“To cook chops in a skillet, heat a small amount of oil (if the pork is lean) in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place the chop in the skillet; do not cover. Cook the chop uncovered, turn occasionally, until browned on both sides. Season as desired and serve immediately. This works well with 3/4-inch-thick chops. A 3/4-inch chop will take about 6 to 10 minutes total cooking time. Thinner cuts will take less time. The thicker the cut, the more moderate the heat, but thinner cuts can be done on higher heat for less time. A thicker cut will take longer (a 1-1/2-inch chop will take about 15 to 20 minutes).”

Interestingly, they offered “quick cooking” alternatives- , you can grill or broil a 3/4 inch chop in 6 to 8 minutes. All of the recipes do not include using a microwave even though it says quick cooking.

Well, I’m not the cook in our house and I don’t stay focused on what I’m cooking for more than 2 to 3 minutes. My idea of cooking is to start something on the stove, in the oven or … you guessed it, the microwave.

Tina Gleisner, founder of the Association of Women Home Owners connects homeowners with concepts, terminology and advice to build homes that support today’s lifestyles. Through the library and directory at, you can LEARN more about how to maintain and repair your home and more.