Q: My partner (who lives with me) and I always eat dinner together every night. We not only eat dinner together, but we usually make it together, too. Unfortunately, he is going to be out of town for about a week and I'm faced with a small "dilemma": cooking for one after not having to for a long while.
Do you or any of the readers have any tips for a "vacation-eating-for-one" stint, so that I don't feel overwhelmed by making meals just for myself? I don't just want to make a PB&J every meal!
Sent by Steve
Editor: Steve, this can be so disorienting! Cooking with and for a partner every night — then suddenly left to your own devices! It's tempting to eat in front of the television or standing up at the counter. Our suggestion is to go out with friends once or twice this week, but also to cook for yourself, and to do it well. Light a candle, bring a book to the table, and enjoy your meal. We suggest this book:
• Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone at Amazon
It's a great little collection of essays from writers talking about what they eat when they're alone. It may spark some ideas of good things to try. It's also just a great read.
Also check out this post:
• Solo Eating: Tips on Cooking for One
Readers, what do you cook and eat when you're alone?