Anytime Eggs

When I talk to people about their frustrations with food preparation, an item that comes up often is cooking eggs. Inevitably, the issue is not having the right equipment. Having the right tools for the job is crucial: a non-stick skillet and a rubber spatula. Eggs can readily become part of your rotation of quick…

Greening Up Winter

We who have lived in the Upper Midwest for many decades intimately know of this phenomenon called winter. Currently, extended regions of the country are learning about the perils of the frigid season. We may not realize how much it can alter routines like our eating habits until we start to crave fresh, green vegetables. …

The Creative Momentum of Communal Tables

Coffee shops have certainly become more than a place to pick up a favorite drink.  They are gathering spots for neighborhood residents and visitors. Each one has a different vibe. A varied venue can feel right on a different day.  Often, they are the place to be solo together.  Many cafes include a communal table…

Adding Kindness

When I stopped at my favorite bookstore recently to pick up a Christmas gift for my Mom, I bought two books for myself.  So many of the best gifts are the ones I have given myself.  Most of them are more of an attitude, the permission to forward.  Those random acts of kindness, we hear…

Seasonal Solos with Versatile Squash

Solo meals are not just eaten by those who live as singles but can often be a part of the busy school and work days of families or roommates. The busy holiday season, with school concerts or exams, office get-togethers and gift shopping, can make for more solo meals, as well.  What are often seen…

Picking and Choosing

One of the keys, I think, in the craft and finesse of eating solo is developing a variety of favorite flavors by creating a rotation of fresh and shelf stable ingredients.  The excitement of finding those ingredients has turned me into a food sleuth.   As you become a strategic shopper and build the useful…

As Comforting As Chicken Soup

A few weeks ago when my sinuses were congested, my eyes were puffy and my head was simply stuffed up, I knew I needed some brothy chicken soup as part of my recovery. The process of making  soup shows how a thoughtfully stocked kitchen and the will to improvise a few steps can result in…

Spicing up Your Shelves

If variety is the spice of life, then, according to my kitchen logic, a variety of spices can contribute to both the craft and the finesse of cooking solo!  Starting with flavors you know already enjoy, whether it’s a Mexican blend in taco seasoning or Italian herbs for pasta, you can build a spice shelf…

The Right Plate at the Right Time

How nice when unexpected kindness and attention come at just the right time. After working a twelve hour day and knowing I wouldn’t have the energy or ambition to prepare much for dinner when I got back to my apartment, I decided to treat myself to a the neighborhood place around the corner.  I had…

Three Essential Knives

Understanding knives, especially the chef knife, could be the most crucial factor in becoming comfortable with food preparation. It is just as important as the novice musician choosing their first real instrument or the Little Leaguer choosing their own first personal bat. When I watch someone use the wrong knife for their food preparation, I…