I love this. Maybe I'm just old fashioned (you think??), but cooking the "real" way, sans microwaves and instant mixes seems to have a soul that just can't be found any other way.
I do use the microwave. As a matter of fact, I use it often, because it saves time and it saves energy, used the right way. I'm just one person, though, so "baking" one potato in the microwave is more efficient than using any oven, unless the oven is in a woodburning stove.
But... when I want something to feed my soul as well as something to fill my belly, I cook on the stove, the "old fashioned" way. It makes sense and it takes less effort and it seems that it takes less of my time to do it that way.
This article says it better than I can:
Meals in 30 Minutes or Less
She means easy meals, and good meals.