In retrospect, I think itís just barely possible that the meal I cooked last night was meant for two people. Nevertheless, I managed to scarf it all down at one sitting, all of the pan-seared scallops and all of the creamy mashed potatoes, all by myself. I downloaded the recipe after watching Emeril cook it last week. It looked good, and it looked easy, and it was both, but very, very filling. Maybe a cup and a half of potatoes is more than one person needs. Not to mention a dozen large sea scallops.
So I still havenít used the sleek new microwave I rushed out and bought a couple of days ago. I did use the kitchen timer feature of it, and I have to say the beeping alarm is much better than the one on the old microwave. And by better, I mean louder. I would set the old timer, walk away, and then never hear it go off. I wonít have that problem any more.
The night before I rushed out and bought the new microwave, I was making some popcorn in the old one when I saw what looked like a spark. Then the whole machine started to vibrate and hum loudly. As soon as I felt safe enough to get close, I turned the thing off. I waited a minute or two, just to be sure, and unplugged it. I waited at least another hour before opening the door and disposing of the unpopped popcorn bag.
I did some online research and made what I think is a pretty good purchase, although the inside isnít as big as the old one (or as big as I thought). But since I use it so infrequently, except to heat water for herbal tea, and once in a great while for popcorn or to defrost something, it doesnít need to have a huge capacity. It just needs to not explode on me.