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More than a tool for the time-pressed, the microwave is a kitchen must that can whip up everything from simple snacks to complex dishes. The quick no-fuss style of cooking is a microwave’s best advantage. Ahead, microwave recipes galore and essential tips for safe operation.

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Everyone knows steamed fish is heart-healthy -- the trick is making it appetizing, too. In just 20 minutes, dish up an elegant supper from the microwave. The Provencal trio of red bell pepper, zucchini, and olive oil enlivens couscous; the fish steams in the microwave, ensuring that it stays moist. Finish it with a drizzle of this zippy Dijon vinaigrette.

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Tempering is the heating-and-cooling process that stabilizes chocolate, making it satiny and snappy when broken. Chocolate can only be tempered once; pour the leftover tempered chocolate from this recipe onto a baking pan to harden, then store and use as baking chocolate.