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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

Mini crock is here to stay. I don't want a bunch of leftovers, they'd just fill minifridge space.

Feb 28, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

Have never seen 'em in the stores, they must be popular! :)

Feb 28, 2011
Kezzabou in Home Cooking

Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

Ha, you caught me checking the Net this morning, FoBW!

I agree completely about being leery of butane or propane. How do you microwave rice? This is something I would have loved to know when I was feeding kids!

Thrift store junkie all the way here - the appliances I've gotten so far (with the exception of one) are second hand, in fact. As are my dishes.

Feb 28, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

My kids inherited the antiques when I moved - and over 30 years of my genealogical records. Now THEY get to deal with it all - mwahahahaha!

Feb 27, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

Thanks for the input!

Feb 27, 2011
Kezzabou in Home Cooking

Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

Oh, and my "unenviable living conditions" aren't so bad. I actually LIKE where I am moving to, or I wouldn't be going there. :)

Feb 27, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

Grinning.... I'm actually female, moved 2400 miles away from my lifelong region of origin to continue my studies on the opposite coast, and my three kids and grandson are all on the west side of the continent. I've been separated for the last couple of years, but living in houseshares - so ever since I married at 19, life has been cooking for more than one. Feeding just me is a totally new experience!

Actually enjoying the small digs - I come from a long line of packrats, so moving cross country and downsizing has become the perfect way to break the cycle.

Mini-nukerowave and mini-fridge are included in the unit; everything else is up to me. As stated somewhere in that mess up yonder, I may or may not have burners, depending on how she feels once I move in (it's technically illegal to have burners in basement units where I'm at, she says, but has had people use them safely there, so I dunno)...

Feb 27, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

Thanks, mamachef!

Feb 27, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

The lady I'm renting from isn't totally sure I'll be able to have the burners; if not, I'll be considering the rice cooker. Definitely looking at the chopping boards this coming week and figure I'll fill out the kitchen as I go along. Thanks for the advice!

Feb 27, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

Oh, I tend to love cooking for myself - I've had over a decade of cooking for picky eaters, so exploration is going to be very enjoyable. I'm fortunate that I have lots of space in my cupboards for appliances, food and the like. Considering getting a magnetic strip for the wall for my knives. Got a great shelved microwave cart (one that folds up like a TV tray) that also has a towel rack. It's got a butcher block top, which I don't plan on scuffing up.

I like your idea of cooking for my neighbor a lot - hmmm! And yeah, I'm a pretty decent cook. :) Already get my lunches for free at the care center where I volunteer, so more free food is always a plus.

Feb 27, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

Exactly what I was thinking.

I have a feeling this is going to be an interesting adventure!

Feb 27, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

Thanks for letting me know - my mom was a WW2 cook, we just did it in a pan like everybody else we knew. I'm getting hungry!

Feb 26, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

Until I worked at a homeless shelter over a decade ago, I'd never even heard of rice cookers - and I was never sure just what they were needed for. I do love rice, oh yeah, but I wasn't sure if one would really be a good idea. Might be worth the effort, so I can make stuff to put on top of it in the crockpot... ;) Om nom nom...

Feb 26, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

I felt the same - a friend insists she can't live without her electric griddle, but I can make pancakes in a skillet - try making a casserole on a griddle, right?!?! She makes me laugh. I'm really excited at getting to cook small, it's just not wanting to overkill on those adorable little appliances. :)

Feb 26, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

I have very minimal freezer space at this point, and as a student, am not big on having a zillion containers of stuff to fix. I love standard American, Asian, Mexican (have you been peeking?), Italian and exploring other cuisines. Being an improv chef (living off of what's in the pantry) has fed my former family of five, but when space is limited, I don't wan the drag of eating the same thing five times a week, just because I'm used to cooking that big, y'knowwhatImean?

Feb 26, 2011
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Cooking For One... After 25+ Years

Headline says it all. Not used to this, am looking forward to finding recipes here that'll keep my belly full and happy.

But! I'm living in a converted basement, with limited cooking facilities. Am planning on buying a toaster oven, a double burner and possibly a small electric griddle. Just got a two-person crockpot, a mini Foreman grill and a small coffee maker. What other appliances/tools would most people consider essential? (I have my can opener and measuring cups, and some good knives, FWIW.)

My space is limited, so I don't want tons of things. Do I really want or need a rice cooker, for example?

With a small fridge, how easy will it be to keep my menus healthy and fresh? I imagine the turnaround will be fast, but obviously I'm looking forward to having more than sandwiches and salads, ramen and Lean Cuisine.

Feb 26, 2011
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