For the really kitchen/skills-impaired:
1. Ungrilled cheese sandwich: Toast two slices of bread deep golden-brown. Stck two or three slices of cheese in between them and microwave the whole thing to 10 to 15 seconds or until the cheese is just barely melted. Microwave time is critical -- run it too long and you will produce a terrifying cheese-lava that no sane person gets near their mouth! But when you get it right, it's very nearly as good as the real thing, at least twice as fast and you don't even need to own a skillet. Zap some tomato soup to go with and you're home free.
2. Apple un-pie: A good sweet apple and whatever kind of store-bought ginger-thing comes to mind, from ginger snaps to gingerbread. Alternate bites and the taste is close to home-made apple pie. (I suspect some careful experiments with the microwave might pay dividends here, too. Warm sliced apples and cookies, topped with some ice cream or, for you barbarians, cheddar....)
These superfast comfort-food thoughts came to mind tonight as I gazed out the kitchen window at the season's first snowfall. It's melting as it hits (so far) but this is very early for snow here and something to warm the soul is a comfort. (I made sizzleburgers, grass-fed ground beef with a tiny dollop of European-style butter and a few drops of Worcestershire sauce at the center, cooked medium and served on a kaiser roll with thin-sliced onion and good condiments, chili sauce and deli mustard. Side salad and sliced Valencia orange for dessert. Yum!)
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