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"Consumer" grade Microwave suggestions?

My hand-me-down microwave of 15 years (A Sharp R-3A86 about which I know nothing) has died and I'm looking for a simple replacement.

It's life will be one of warming left-overs and such, occasional defrosting, heating coffee and making the occasional bowl of oatmeal; I don't do any actual cooking in it.

Any standouts on the market; great successes; horror stories?

Many Thanks for your time.

Sep 02, 2010
Choupique in Cookware

Brick wood burning oven in the back yard [moved from General Topics]

Join this group:

Many many members who have done it themselves. Access to many resources.

Sep 02, 2010
Choupique in Cookware

Recs for places walking distance from Tulane


Welcome to Tulane and New Orleans. I don't know if you've been to the city before, but a couple of reality-checks for you:

August in New Orleans is not a time you want to take 20-minute walks anywhere. This morning at 3:30am it's 82 degrees, for example; the humidity is probably near 100%. By the time the sun is well up at 9, a few minutes outside and you'd be soaked with sweat. You'll have a chance to experience this on move-in day so you might want to leave your plans flexible until you see how you feel about New Orleans weather in August.

Counting on the streetcars for tight schedules is inviting disaster. They probably have a published "schedule"....I think it use to supposedly be a streetcar every 15 minutes. Fact is streetcars get there when they arrive and it isn't on _any_ schedule; additionally at busy times they may be filled to capacity and simply continue past without stopping. Taking a round-trip ride from Tulane to Carrollton, Downtown and back again can be enjoyable in itself but do yourself the favor of not counting on it for timing arrivals anywhere.

I use to work at Tulane in a program that was aimed at entering students. I retired after Hurricane Katrina and, of course, am only speaking for myself here. At the end of move-in on Sunday afternoon there is (or use to be and I have no reason to believe that this has changed) a convocation with the parents only of entering Freshmen. Among other things you are politely told that it's time for you to go home.

I humbly suggest that you consider doing that. Your son or daughter is about to start a new phase of their life along with several hundred other eager young men and women. They need to be free to invest themselves in all the planned and unplanned experiences that will occur over the first few days. Please consider either coming to town early to do your dining-out before move-in or save it for a visit at a holiday when your child will appreciate a break from University food.

I humbly apologize if my last comment seems impertinent. It is based on many years of experience. If you don't want to take the word of a faceless person over the Internet, consider talking with someone in Student Affairs at Tulane about your plans and see what they recommend.

Best Regards

Aug 05, 2010
Choupique in New Orleans

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

I'm not a foodie or even an especially good cook, but I make a version of this all the time.

I buy a whole chicken and cut it up. One time I'll make it with the whole breast, another time with all the other parts.

I always brown the chicken, white or dark meat and de-glaze (with way more sherry :p) then cook it down before adding butter and the vegetables.

I use celery, red onion and garlic, but mushrooms sound like a good addition. And I've always just used 'regular' long-grain white rice....maybe I should experiment. I also add raisins after the rice is coated with oil.

The biggest difference for me is that I then finish mine on the stove-top in the same lidded frying pan I browned the chicken in.

Pour in the stock, give it a stir, add the chicken back, lower the flame as much as possible, cover and come back in exactly one hour.

Dinner is served. ...Wait any longer than that and my dog's eating burned rice off the bottom of the pan.

Dec 28, 2009
Choupique in Recipes