OK, I'm a little bit insulted.
Apparently, we all need someone like Mark Bittman to tell us all about kitchen basics.
Check out this article in the NY Times.
I'll give him that these are common myths (and probably prevalent). But, that's all I'll give him.
Anyone who has tried his/her hand at guacamole knows that putting the avocado pit in the guacamole doesn't keep the dip from browning. You'll really only try that "trick" once.
And don't get me started on the semantics when we start saying that a microwave "bakes" anything...
Some of you may know that I am NOT Mr. Bittman's biggest fan by a long shot. So, feel free to disregard my criticism if you feel I'm being unusually harsh. I probably am.