Nachos. NO. Unless you line the tray with foil, you will regret making nachos. It is a pain in the butt to clean the tray after cooking those in a toaster oven.
Grilled cheese. You can cook open or closed grilled cheese in a toaster oven. Open is one piece of bread, closed is two. If doing two, you need to let one side brown and flip. If doing open, I love to cut up a tomato and put it on the bread, under the cheese and cook it that way.
Pot pies are a natural for the toaster oven.
You can also cut up some potatoes and onion -- maybe some uncooked bacon if you like meat -- and cook that in the toaster oven. When it's cooked, put it into a tortilla for a wonderful breakfast tortilla.
A toaster oven is really good as a starter. A lot of what you learn you can use later in a large oven.
You can make cookies in a toaster oven
There is no end, actually, to what you can cook in one. The only problem will be clean up. I would line with aluminum foil for nachos or anything with small pieces or more than one layer.
If you are living on your own and are thinking you should cook to save money but you aren't much of a cook, a toaster oven would be a good thing for you to buy. It cooks slowly so you would be able to save most things efore they would be burned. It takes up a little more space on a counter than a four-slice toaster.
When I was a little girl, I would love to get right in front of it on a cold winter day and look inside while my mother cooked an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich. I would watch the cheese bubble up and just get excited.
Now for a different topic, Patrick Martin (WSWS) reports:
In coordinated statements this week, the Obama White House and leading representatives of American big business announced their support for an agreement that would combine minor increases in taxes on the wealthy with sweeping cuts in the entitlement programs on which tens of millions of elderly, retired and disabled people depend.
Obama signaled the intensification of the effort to use the concocted emergency of the “fiscal cliff” to justify historic cuts in entitlement programs, in an interview with Barbara Walters for the ABC News program 20/20. The interview will be broadcast Friday night, but key quotes were made public by ABC on Tuesday evening.
On December 31, the tax cuts first enacted under the Bush administration in 2001 will expire. The Obama administration’s position is to extend the tax cuts for individuals making under $200,000 a year and families making under $250,000, while allowing the tax cuts to expire for those above that level.
The result would be a modest increase in the tax rate on the wealthiest Americans from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, restoring the tax rate that prevailed in the 1990s, but well below the rates levied under the Reagan administration, let alone in the 1950s and 1960s, when the top income tax rate approached 90 percent.
Obama told his ABC interviewer he expected to reach an agreement with the leadership of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on extending most of the Bush tax cuts. “I’m pretty confident that Republicans would not hold middle-class taxes hostage to trying to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals,” he said.
He added, “If the Republicans can move on that then we are prepared to do some tough things on the spending side.” Asked by Walters if this would include raising the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67, Obama indicated he was willing to consider it, voicing only the reservation that such a change wouldn’t cut enough from the federal deficit.
The whole thing is a scam meant to cut the safety net. We do not need to raise the age for Medicare or Social Security. And these little pennies that the rich will be (briefly) charged in a tax increase would vanish as soon as the new tax code is written. We are being asked to support our own futures being cut and to do that because our greed or lust that someone pays a little more is so strong. I don't think that's the American people. I hope I am right.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: