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Pulling the Old Switch-A-Roo 
Mar. 27, 2009 12:22 pm 
Updated: Apr. 30, 2009 10:31 am
This is kind of a faux blog post as I am just getting this thing going and needed a place to start. So, this will serve as an admittedly skimpy intro to this blog’s subject, with a promise of more substance to come in the near future.

So, here's my story…I am an editor here at Allrecipes and have been writing an editorial column for a little over a year called Single Servings, which has consisted of advice for those cooking for one. Never read it? Well, you're in abundant company. The column is a little tough to find within Allrecipes' awesome wealth of cooking help and delicious recipes, so I thought the blog venue might be a better fit. I'll start every month off with a meal plan, then I'll ask you all to do some of the heavy-lifting and share tips and ideas with me and others. Deal?

If you care to browse, you can read past columns here.

"Chat" soon!
Mar. 27, 2009 2:33 pm
Deal!! I enjoy the blog feature both posting blogs and reading other blogs I'm sure I will enjoy yours too!!
Mar. 28, 2009 4:04 am
Deal. Hi Mackenzie! I'm rarely cooking for one, like never, but I like to browse the blogs because I'm just plain nosy. Glad you're blogging! :)
Mar. 28, 2009 5:22 am
You betcha! I've found more helpful information in the blogs than I could ever find browsing through the various venues at AR. I've found encouragement, tips, VERY helpful hints and an overall "we're in this together" that you simply can't find elsewhere. Sometimes you just don't have time to sit for hours and browse through the tons of information available so you come to a blog and ask and BAM, there's your answer! Blog on, Babe!!
Mar. 29, 2009 11:34 am
I discovered "Single Servings" some time ago...the column is a great idea! I eagerly perused for ideas since I mostly cook for one or two (though I do love leftovers!). I love reading recipes & tend to read cookbooks like others read novels. We are vegetarians and I found that though you have great ideas, there didn't seem to be alot that worked for us. Given that eating less meat is a healthy choice in general maybe "meatless" meals could be included more.?
Mar. 30, 2009 1:57 pm
Yay! So glad to see I already have readers! I agree, SouthernGma, that blogs are a great place to get immediate help--and it'll be really nice to not only be able to answer your questions in real time (and just chat!), but to also use this blog as a place to compare notes. And I'd put money on the fact that many of you are much better cooks that I am, so I'll need ideas too! psb--yes, I know--I need to do more vegetarian options! I try to do one in each column, but that doesn't totally do the job for you, I realize. I will do my best to solicit ideas from my vegetarian co-workers/friends to find more options for you. And if you come across stuff that works please share--I know for a fact that you're not the only one like you out there. :) Looking forward to getting this blog going...very soon! Thanks all!
Apr. 2, 2009 7:17 am
Hi Mackenzie, I've loved Single Servings since I found it last year. I'm a single med student and with residency starting next year, I think I'll always be cooking for one. You've given me inspiration and encouragement to take the time and make it really enjoyable. Thanks!
Apr. 5, 2009 1:02 pm
I love your single servings column!! Your tips and advice are extremely helpful
Apr. 12, 2009 9:44 pm
Hey LuckyDuck and K_Palm! I'm so glad to see my column readers following me over the blog side of things. You guys are awesome--thanks so much for the kind words! LuckyDuck--I'm so impressed--med student with a residency starting? Wow! You'll have to let me know if it's *just* like "Grey's Anatomy" or only *kinda* like it;). Hee, hee. K_Palm--I see you're a soon-to-be Gonzaga grad--congrats! A few of my good friends are also graduates--have yet to meet a Zag I didn't like!
Apr. 23, 2009 4:02 pm
Haha, it is a lot like Grey's Anatomy, though the medicine is usually inaccurate and there's a little less hotness in real life. Oh well. BTW in the food department. . . I'm getting fat! That's what happens when I resort to fries for a snack.
Apr. 30, 2009 10:31 am
I really enjoy your column. I've learned a lot. What I need help with or information about is the preping and storage of food after it is prepped. Is a plastic bag good enough or should some things be stored in water.... I guess I'm just not sure. Any feedback would be great
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I am a 32-year old woman (I still stumble over the word "woman," but I don't think I can get away with "girl" anymore) living in Seattle, WA, writing for the very website you are browsing right now! I am originally from Bellingham (about 80 miles north of Seattle), where I went to Western Washington University, and then just kinda hung out for several more years until I moved south in September of 2006. I've always loved cooking and even had my own little spiral recipe notebook when I was in middle school to collect my star dishes in. (Apple pizza and scones were always a hit with the family—thanks Home Ec.!) I seriously considered going to culinary school when I was twenty, but then decided I didn't want to cook for a living. I’m definitely more of an entertaining cook, as opposed to a professional cook.
My favorite things to cook
I prefer cooking over baking, but I've been branching out more in the past couple years--I made a pie from scratch for the very first time for Thanksgiving 2006 and it was delicious. But, I made a cake from scratch for the first time recently, and it did not go as well. It looked great, but I would not use the word "great" to describe how it tasted. I've resolved to go back to boxed cake mix, and put my efforts into the decoration where I can actually do some good.
My favorite family cooking traditions
People are always surprised when I say that my dad does most of the cooking for holiday meals. "Does your mom get stressed out for Thanksgiving?" people will ask. Are you kidding me? No way! She, my sister, and I are all watching movies while my dad is basting the turkey and making mashed potatoes and gravy. Thanksgiving is probably the most relaxing day of the year for my mom!
My cooking triumphs
Ah, I remember it well ... I was twelve years old; I believe it was a Thursday and there was a chill in the air that night ... I pulled that seafood pasta bake out of the oven oh-so-carefully, and when we sat down to enjoy it ... so cheesy, creamy and seafoody (and I mean that in the very best way)... so very, very, delicious ... though I lost track of the recipe, each bite will live on in my memory forever ... ;)
My cooking tragedies
On my 30th birthday, I set fire to a cookie sheet full of French bread that I had only intended to toast. I had just finished cooking something else when I turned the oven to broil and underestimated how hot the top element already was. Chatting away with a friend, I was completely confused when I saw smoke coming through the burners and it wasn't until my friend yelled, "It's on fire!" pointing to the partially open oven door, that I realized what was happening. I swiftly yanked the baking sheet from the oven, dropped it into the sink, and cranked the faucet. Disaster averted. Moral of the story? Let other people cook for you on your birthday.
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