Generally speaking, I'm not a huge fan of electronic appliances.
Sure, I jumped on the slow cooker train way back when. It seemed like a great way to have a meal ready for consumption when you get home from a day of holding your nose to the grindstone. But, at the end of the day, I like my food firmer to the teeth. Mushy food is only for babies.
Still, there are some useful appliances to be had, a fact I discovered during our recent move. I love a rice cooker that also keeps the rice warm after cooking. A food processor is a a godsend. Who can live without their coffee grinder?
One appliance I had hauled around from place to place without ever using was a steamer. I'd been tempted to toss it out, but couldn't bring myself to let it go the way of the George Foreman grill. Luckily, since my stove did not work for days (and my oven still does not), I kept it.
Our first meal in our new home was steamed salmon and vegetables -- the perfect one-pot. No electric steamer? You can do this the old fashioned way (with a bamboo basket steamer or simply a raised rack).
Steamed Fish with Vegetables
salmon filets (about a pound)
salt and pepper to taste
several sprigs of rosemary & thyme
red pepper, sliced in strips
red potatoes, sliced
string beans, cleaned and left whole
Place the seasoned fish on the steamer rack, cover with vegetables and herbs. Steam approximately 20-30 minutes until fish is flaky and vegetables are tender. Plate and serve with lemon wedges.