Re-visiting the Rice Cooker
Rice cookers aren’t just for making rice. Plug in this seldom-used electric appliance to discover some of its hidden cooking talents.
MAKE A HOT BREAKFAST. To make oatmeal or other hot cereals, add a little less milk or water than you would for stovetop cooking (and some chopped nuts and dried fruit if you want).
COOK AN EASY, ONE-POT MEAL. If your machine came with a steamer rack, use it to cook cut vegetables as well as shrimp, fish fillets or chicken breasts.
SLOW-COOK SOUPS, BEANS OR STEWS. Give your rice cooker enough liquid and time, and it will create long-simmered dishes without scorching or boiling over.
POACH FRUIT. Make healthy desserts of fruit simmered in juice, wine or maple syrup. You can also prepare applesauce and other fruit sauces.