Parallel processing: Couscous cooks in the coffee maker's carafe while broccoli and cauliflower steam in the basket. Morgan Walker/ NPR hide caption itoggle caption Morgan Walker/ NPR The Salt Coffee Maker Cooking: Brew Up Your Next Dinner November 18, 2013 Dust off that old Mr. Coffee! We've stumbled upon a wacky use for classic coffee makers: Cook a three-course meal for one. From poached salmon and pumpkin soup to steamed broccoli and couscous, the possibilities are endless. But why in the world would anyone want to cook this way?