Actually, microwaves are great for quick-thawing something that you forgot to take out of the freezer, or heating water. (My personal jones is for Paul Newman's Butter Boom microwave popcorn). They're also great for par-cooking potatoes for baking, do them about 3/4 of the way, then bake them, sprinkled with oil, salt and pepper. Garlic or basil oils work great for this. I just use the micro as another tool in the kitchen, like a food processor or my knives. Turn on the jazz, open a bottle of wine, and cook for my sweetie.