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How to Caramelize Nuts in the Microwave

Ever wonder if you could caramelize nuts in the microwave? Well, I didn’t. But since my water heater flooded and ruined the kitchen floors (where my electric stove happens to be plugged in), I haven’t been able to use my stove for the past week. Apparently, water and electricity don’t mix (shocker!). I cook quite a bit and was bummed that I wouldn’t be able to use my stove, so I figured–easy fix–I’ll just make salad! Hahahaha. Of course, most of the salads I make are quite “fancy.” Like this spinach, pear, goat cheese with caramelized pecans salad I like to make (recipe here). But I forgot that in order to caramelize the pecans, I would need my stove. Dang it! Refusing to be defeated (and taking the hard road because of course I couldn’t just leave the nuts out…duh!), I thought to myself “I wonder if I can do this with a microwave.” It turns out you can. The microwave and I had a little bit of a stare down contest before I got up …