How many of you out there would be willing to do without your microwave oven? Either at home or in a commercial restaurant setting. We don't use a microwave at our restaurant. You want something heated it goes on the stove or the oven. At home we do have a microwave that my MIL bought when she realized that we did'nt own one. She thought she was doing us a favor, as if it never occurred to me that I could go spend $50.00 and buy my own. She could'nt believe that I could'nt NEED one.. My theory is that microwave ovens have made us more stupid as a species. We are slowly losing our ability to cook our own food. The culture of "freezer to microwave cooking" is keeping us from passing down the social interaction of preparing food together and eating together. Its very sad. What got me thinking about this was reading the thread posted by Artemeates where she asked about finishing entrees in a microwave oven. Has the microwave oven become acceptable as a form of cooking in a restaurant setting? IMHO using a microwave oven to hurry something up is akin to making bigger mistakes to cover up smaller mistakes. So think about it. Get rid of your microwave. Learn to cook all over again. Would you do it?