"As a tutor who's helping students with health and nutrition, I found this page to be a big help. Thanks
for sharing the information!
If you get a chance to update, would you mind including another reference one of my students found? It's actually
a really good suggestion."
Thanks, Ms. Brooke Pierce — it's a GREAT suggestion!
Check it out:
Guide: Food Safety"
JoyOfCooking is focused on expert advice to help
you enjoy cooking.
Here's an excerpt from their "Cooking
for One" page:
Even making a large pot of pasta sauce and freezing some for another day can pay dividends when you want to
eat in a hurry. Doing this also means that you don’t absolutely have to cook meals from scratch every night. It’s
always important to label any frozen foods clearly so you can keep track of what was made when. Dried and tinned
goods can also play an important role in the larder of the solitary cook as they will last much longer in the cupboard.
With just a few basic items in stock, a potentially huge range of dishes can be tackled.
NEW --- Super for solo peeps!
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Delicious steamed, oven- or microwave-prepared foods retain their nutrients and flavors. Veggies come out crisp
COOKBOOK RECIPES REPORT!
"Layered Veggies" --- DEVINE --- page 44
"Scrambled Eggs with Mushrooms" --- THUMBS UP --- page 30
"Potato Frittata" --- ADDICTIVE --- page 40
"Chicken & Mushroom Risotto" ---- AVOID --- page 22
Chicken overcooked (little rocks) --- Rice uncooked. (Perhaps this recipe better in two stages? Maybe substitute
potato for rice for better result?)
That said --- I continue to be super-sold on Lékué Steam Case
Check out an EASY "Chicken Cordon Bleu":
Slice a chicken breast in half lengthwise; drop the bottom half in the case; layer on a couple thin slices of
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"Solo dining needn't be dull dining" — according to Kate Fraser of New Zealand's The Press
Here's an excerpt:
"I am confident not too many solo diners rush home of an evening to fix themselves roasted duck breast
with pomegranate sauce, but another meal of baked beans straight from the can? How sad is that.
Please, people, do your body, your taste buds, and your sense of gratification (all right, greed) a favour and
make a proper meal."
Kiwi or no, you may find Fraser's tips on cooking for one just the inspiration you need to spark at home eating..
Several terrific recipes will send you out the door to the nearest super market!
Check it out: "Solo dining
needn't be dull dining"
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at the bar
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Waste Management Tips
Vaccum-sealed leftovers can extend freshness fivefold. Stores like Target and Sears carry topselling mechanisms
like FoodSaver and Seal-a-Meal; prices start at around $50.
A Days Ago digital counter will take the guesswork about the number of days leftovers have sat in your fridge.
Affix it to a storage container and it will display the elapsed time. $10 per pair at The Container Store or Whole
Foods Market or at www.howmanydaysago.com.
AARP Magazine, January & February 2008
Looking for books on cooking for one? Visit: cooking4one
Would you enjoy sharing recipes (for one or two) with other people?
Check out Recipe Link.com's message board: Cooking
for One Or Two
Do manners "matter" when you're eating alone at home?
Judith Martin, "Miss Manners," weighs in:
Dear Miss Manners:
How much can manners be disregarded when eating alone at home? Can the soup dish be tilted, can a dish be scraped,
can the fingers be used under circumstances that would be deplored in public? [Sinkie.com — The International Association of People Who Dine Over the Kitchen
Sink — to the rescue!] Does any of these things really matter?
No, they don't matter when you eat at home alone. Go hog wild. Use your hands. Use your feet. Smear your food over
your face. Etiquette has to do with behavior that affects other people, and when there is no one around to be affected,
you are, so to speak, home free. The only reason Miss Manners can imagine for your using manners under those circumstances
would be self-respect.
THE How-to Booklet of Solo Dining Tips & Strategies:
The Art and Satisfaction of Dining Alone — REVEALED!
Richard Decker, 51, cooks almost every night — sometimes for friends but often just for himself.
His secret is his Food-Saver, a home vacuum-packaging system. He buys whole-beef tenderloins, which can be
less expensive than individual steaks, and cuts them into fillets; vacuum-packs them; pops them in the freezer
and uses them as the craving arises.
"There is something liberating, in cooking for yourself. It's not like you've got to feed five other people
and please them. It's a chance to figure out what you like and go beyond the old standards. It's a little way to
take care of yourself." Kristin Bagnato, editor in chief of Cooking Smart.
Tips for storing and using leftovers:
* Separate bacon into 2-slice portions. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap, then store in a plastic bag in the
freezer. Defrost in the refrigerator to use in a sandwich or . . .
* Store leftover canned tomates in plastic containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer
for months. Use atop pasta or in stews and soups.
* Store the unused portion of an onion tightly wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator for up to three days.
(They don't cause as much tearing when they're refrigerated.)
* Store other vegetable pieces (like bell peppers) tightly wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator. Use on sandwiches
or in salads.
The Sacramento Bee published, "Table for One:
Just because you're cooking solo doesn't mean you have to skimp on fresh food"
In the body of the piece, Anita Kobuszewski, senior corporate dietitian for Albertsons,
offered these shopping and meal-planning tips when cooking for one or two:
"Buying smaller sizes can cost more when you figure the price per ounce, but if you buy the larger size, you
won't save money if you end up throwing things away."
"Try to find a neighbor or friend who will split bulk purchases with you. You will have fun shopping together
and you'll both save some money."
"Plan ahead to freeze unused portions to eat later. Or, if you must buy larger quantities, separate them into
smaller portions and freeze them in single-serving sizes."
"There is a lot of benefit to buying frozen entrées, especially if you don't enjoy cooking whole meals.
Supplement your frozen entrée with a fresh salad or vegetables. It will still be less expensive and better
for you than going to the drive-through."
"Research shows that people tend to eat better when they have someone to eat with. Invite a friend over. Share
a meal or make it a potluck."
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