In my new kitchen, I don't have a microwave. I don't have a dishwasher either, but that's fairly common in New York, so I know I'll survive. The microwave, though, is a concern.
Most people agree that I must get one. Maybe I do too, but I just don't have a spot for it. I refuse to give up my precious counter space (especially since I already had to give some of that up for the dish rack), and there aren't any electrical outlets inside of my cupboards. No, I will not drill a hold in one of them for the cord to come through. That would be beyond disastrous. Above the fridge has also been suggested and vetoed: I can barely reach up there, let alone while balancing a plate of hot food.
So, I'm going to try out life without one. And I think I can do it. I came up with a list of things I might use a microwave for: reheating leftovers, making popcorn, melting butter, heating tea, etc. Popcorn can be made on the stove, and is actually 300 times better when it is. Boiling water and melting butter, again, can be done on the stove. Leftovers could be tricky. Soups and wet pastas can be heated up in a pot on the stove, though, and for most other things: the broiler. Until last night, I hadn't put my broiler to use. Who knew what that thing would do. But, left with a slice of pizza from my cousin's very successful pizza party, it was calling my name.
Well, it was a huge success. I put the pizza on a piece of tinfoil, and once the broiler got going (oh, 3-5 minutes I'd say) I slid it right in there. The nice thing is that you can even leave the door open and watch it. Just don't trip!
Anyway, the pizza came out with melted cheese and perfectly toasted crust. It was divine - much better than the mushy pizza that would have come out of the microwave anyway! After about one bite I realized I could definitely get used to this. At least, wish me luck as I try to hold out as long as possible!