Bowls go on the top rack, facing the center.
Butter knives, blade down please.
Spoons and Forks – Alternate up and down to keep them from nesting (or spooning, hehe)
Interested in HOW your dishwasher works? I was. From Real Simple.com:
When you turn the dishwasher, the bottom basin fills up with water. Heating elements heat the water. The detergent dispenser opens and mixes the soap with the water. A pump sends the water through the spray arm, making it spin. The soapy water sloshes around for awhile hopefully getting all the taco sauce off the plates. The pump then drains the water through the pipes under the sink. Fresh water fills the basin and the pump sprays the dishes to rinse. Heating element then dries the dishes. Done.
Martha's book really is full of great info - it's also a great gift a any bride-to-be.