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…

From Blossom To Plate

I’ve become reacquainted with apple trees this fall. The reunion has been splendid. It’s been a singular celebration of what the apple harvest signifies. The long season of the apple is not without its perils, but the reward is a simple pleasure.  The six month growth of the apple through their slow maturation during a…

Food Trucks Full of New Flavors

10/25/17 Food trucks have become a frequent often colorful sight not only in the biggest of cities but in medium sized cities as well, especially near places like college campuses. They are a great way for solo diners to expand our horizons at low cost and try specialty flavors that could become favorites. Food trucks…

Kitchen Hardware

10/18/17 Even with limited kitchen space and often not a lot of kitchen storage, a few pieces of cooking hardware are crucial for success in expanding your repertoire and increasing the variety of foods you prepare for solo meals.  For those of us who have worked in professional kitchens, the dollars spent on knives and…