Many years ago, when I still lived at home, we bought a miracle thaw board.  A metal tray that allows food to defrost much faster than on the counter (which is unsafe), but doesn't cook 'em (like I seem to do when I defrost in the microwave).  Yes, I know in the fridge is best, but this is another great option.

I have the "older" model, but here is a new one!

Fairbridge Fast Tray