That little bit of maple syrup needed for breakfast .. no longer zapped .. but put into a small stainless steel pitcher (found at a garage sale) to heat on a slow burner. Trying to undo the quick-fix ease of microwave cooking takes a step back in time and makes for better thinking skills that have been lost with the advent of so called conveniences. There are a lot of articles about microwave use that question its safety on food. Learning to rely less and less on it will help better develop your cooking skills.
I leave you with this great website .. Feeding America .. it has an online collection of Early American cookbooks filled with directions and recipes for s.l.o.w. cooking and home keeping.
here to read from cover to cover. Update .. you can download the book(s) to your Kindle according to one a comment.