I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Improving Ready-to-Eat Foods Via The Microwave

One guilty pleasure that I discovered many years ago was to microwave ready-to-eat foods made of chocolate. First it was Golden Almond candy bars. I’d break the bar into pieces and zap the pieces for about 20-30 seconds. Then, I’d sit with a long iced tea spoon and eat the melted mess. About this time a friend told me that M & Ms could be greatly improved by a session in the microwave. The trick, I was told, is to only zap them long enough so that the candy shell cracks slightly leaving a warm melted center. Overdoing it results in scorched chocolate, so it is better to do a batch for 15 seconds, test one, and add more time if needed. Mama mia! What a wonderful way to improve on an already “perfect” food. Today, Rachael told me that the only way she eats Moon Pies is after they have spent 15 seconds in the microwave. “The marshmallow greatly expands so that the Moon Pie doubles in thickness," says she. I’m not a fan of Moon Pies, but this is tantalizing enough to make me want to try it.

So, what ready-to-eat foods do you like to microwave? Let us know in the comments so that we can try them out.




Jess said...

Oooh, ooh, ooh, I just turned Allie onto zapped moon pies... and a convert has been born!

I also mentioned the melting of m & m's on a mom's board a few years ago and made quite a few converts there too. My current microwave takes about 45 seconds to get them just right.

Mom, what is that apple, butter and brown sugar thing you used to do in the microwave? I remember that was really good!

Bailey's Leaf said...

I'm trying to think and other than a good cup of tea (hit the beverage button) or a lovely bag of popcorn (hit the popcorn button), I fear that I might be of no help.

So sorry! The Moon Pie story is great, though.

Hold on! I did do Hot Dog people for my daughter. (Not a guilty pleasure for me, but ...) I got kind of a funky comment from a reader about it, but in the end, the Hot Dog guy was a hit. (No, we don't typically purchase hot dogs.)

Here's the link:

Bailey's Leaf said...

Okay, clearly I didn't follow the instructions of "improving ready-to-eat foods via the microwave," but it is a fun hot dog thing nonetheless!

Linda said...

I don't eat much ice cream, but when I do, I always put in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Just enough to get the edges "melty"....

The Queen said...

PEEPS!!! I haven't had them in a while but you put them in the microwave for a few seconds (or in a hot car, did that around Easter, same affect), the sugary coating causes a crunchiness that makes it feel and taste alot like a roasted marshmallow. YUMMM!

Anonymous said...

A friend of mind adds Easter Egg chocolate (which is often pretty average!) to a super hot cup of milk. Yum


Heather said...

My son always puts my chocolate chip cookies in the microwave for 10 seconds before he eats them. They give them that "fresh from the oven" feel all over again.

TH said...

oooh I am an "often reader and rarely commenter" on rachael's blog but this calls for a contribution. The hot milk comment totally sparked a memory. That is like a delicious after school snack they serve in Argentina where you drop a chocolate bar into a hot cup of milk, called "submarinos" because the chocolate is like a submarine! it's delicious. I also really like apples, oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar zapped for a few minutes. and sometimes I stick peanut butter in before I make a sandwich too. It makes it easier to spread.

allie said...

It's true! Jess and Rach told me about the moon pie trick and it's amazing! I also make quick rice crispy treats by putting some rice crispies, 2 marshmallows and a tiny bit of butter in a bowl and microwave it for about 15-20 seconds. Then I stir it all up and eat it after a minute when the marshmallow sets up again. Really addictive though!

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