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The Joy of (Single) Cooking


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The Joy of (Single) Cooking

Wahooty | | Jan 9, 2013 05:08 PM

Okay, so I feel like I'm somewhat rehashing the "Cook's Treat" thread, but...

Cooking for one can be annoying. Most recipes and the dishes from my youth are designed to feed a family of 4. There's nothing wrong with that, but I generally find myself cooking the full amount and then getting sick of the leftovers by serving #4. Yeah, you can scale things down, but economies of scale DO kick in - cooking 4 servings rarely takes 4x as long as cooking one. And dammit, sometimes you just really want to roast a chicken.

Which brings me to my point. Tonight, I roasted a modest (<4lb) chicken. I made one serving of each of my side dishes, because a) neither would have made good leftovers and b) I am powerless against duck-fat roasted potatoes and they never would have made it to tomorrow's home-fries anyway. The leftover chicken will be fabulous in salads, stir-fries, etc. later this week.

But the chicken SKIN...that will never be as good as it is RIGHT NOW.

So yeah, I peeled that bad boy. I only took the crispy parts....and loved every minute of it.

If my household included even one other person, that skin would not be mine. MUAHAHAHAHAHA!

So I ask the others out there cooking for one...what perks have you discovered?

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