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Cooking contemplation 
Feb. 4, 2013 11:33 pm 
Updated: Mar. 23, 2013 8:14 am
Has it really been since September I wrote a blog? Sheesh!  Time flies when you have teens in the house.

I've learned a few things about cooking and making meals since the last time I blogged. I can no longer make a "4" serving recipe anymore. See, I have two children who will INHALE everything I make before I can set aside a bite for me and for my husband if I only make a recipe for four.

So.. what is a savvy cook to do? I thank the heavens for AR.  I take the recipes and often double them, and if there are any leftovers, well.. this is what a freezer is made for!

Some tips on feeding a frenzy like mine: since it is chillier here in the PNW, I look for more casseroles and slow cooker recipes. I seek out anything I can easily double and also ideas that I can turn around and make my own.
Here are ideas I came up with that you all might enjoy.. and keep contemplating cooking! It is joyful!!

* Take a casserole and turn it into a slow cooker recipe. Instead of baking something, look to see if the ingredients will work in your slow cooker. Pasta, for example, can be added in to the slow cooker early on or late in the game if your sauce is warmed up.

* Think about leftovers. If you are making tacos, consider cooking up more ground beef  then you need, then setting aside some before you add seasoning. Put it in the fridge or freezer and you will have a start on a meal later in the week.

* Don't waste pasta! If you make a recipe that only calls for half a box, cook the entire box of pasta. Set the other amount aside in a container in the fridge, then you have a start on a simple Italian meal later in the week!
Feb. 5, 2013 11:13 am
When all mine (5) were at home I felt like an army mess hall cook. We tried to make dinner family time so everyone had to have gotten served before anyone could have seconds. We always seemed to have an extra friend or two to add to the consumption. Leftovers to me were a myth my mother spoke of. Now that they have homes of their own I find it hard to scale things like potatoes down for one or two servings.
Mar. 23, 2013 8:14 am
Twelve years ago, as empty nesters, I too needed to learn to scale back the quantity of food I prepared. My husband even bought me a "Cooking for Two" cookbook! Well, it's taken me those twelve years to learn to do this only to find that as we've grown older, our appetites have decreased. Cooking for two equals four meals for us. I just wish this decrease was reflective in our grocery bill!
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Running at top speed mama to two, I love to write and cook. My blog focuses on cooking stories tied into life with my wild ones. I'm passionate about my wonderful children, husband, Siamese cat and coming soon puppy. I'm also an avid deleter of spam so enjoy!!
My favorite things to cook
PIZZA! Macaroni and Cheese, pesto carbonara, homemade wontons, egg rolls, spaghetti, tuna croquettes and PIZZA!.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year when we decorate our Christmas tree, I serve fried rice balls with marinara sauce. Over the last couple of years, I've developed a tradition of serving a taco bar on New Years eve night.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made bulgogi marinade for my husband. He'd not had it before and raved about the meat after he grilled it.
My cooking tragedies
The night I was making homemade wontons and due to humidity, they all decided to stick to each other. Wonton balls, anyone?
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