Want to share any tricks up your sleeves for the emptynester's kitchen?

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Registered: 08-06-2009
Want to share any tricks up your sleeves for the emptynester's kitchen?
Tue, 10-12-2010 - 7:24pm

Cooking many nights for only myself ... I could use some ways you have figured out on how to be a frugal cook.


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Registered: 12-03-1999

This is EXACTLY what I've been dealing with for a while now..so I might have some ideas that will work for you.

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Registered: 10-25-2006

I don't really have a method to remember what foods are in the frig/pantry.



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Registered: 07-30-1997

I keep a full freezer.

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Registered: 08-06-2009

Good thing it is lunch time I'm sooooooooo hungry after reading all the menu advice!

GREAT ideas!

I guess I need a chalkboard for the frig/freezer so I know what is going inside!

Got sent this questionaire by a girlfriend. Want to play?

1. Name your tune_____________ involving food in some way?

cook with honey by judy collins

2. What criteria ______________do you use when choosing a new cookbook to buy?

I like lots of photos ... makes me drool!
While pictures, prep time, and the ingredient lists are favorite features, I really like when books when you get a feel for the author's point of view. Ya know, the little extra stories and background info on how the cook came in possession of this treat or how they plate it up. Yummy art plates make me even more hungry Cook's magazines are the best.

I think I'll put a pot on the stove, I be back in a minute. Started some H2o boiling.Got a craving I think for mac and cheese ... only have bowties, cheddar, and no flour( to thicken up my cheese) but did have some gingerbread cake mix so will let you know tomorrow how sweet it is! Might be a new concoction?

3. Say what if the Cooks tv Food Network called to start a new show tomorrow. What will be the title of the show _____________________?

Honey I'm home?

4. What did you eat ________________today?

Today was a good food day. I had a hardy multi colored breakfast. French toast with strawberry jam, tofu scramble with peppers, onions, mushrooms and ketchup, and blueberry tea.

5. Do you have a favorite type of jam,jelly,marmalade,preserves____________?

Blueberry. Mango butter and pumpkin butter.

NOw I'm getting really hungry.
6. How do you like to cool down_____________?

iced tea!

Maybe it is already cool at your place and you are looking at how to heat things up??
What would be your
7. Favorite hot sauce or other spicy condiment____________?

There’s nothing else like Naga Bhut Jolokia peppers or Red Savina peppers. Ever had Habanas Burning or Hell's Inferno?

8. What food would you have a hard time living without___________?

I confess, I am a breadaholic!

9. Time to set the table... what question would you want now? Make up your own.
Do you eat honey every day? _______________I love to give bees a chance!

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Registered: 04-16-2009

We have been "quasi empty nesters" for three years now.

I hate cooking, always have. We also don't eat much meat.