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Old 08-01-2011, 08:59 AM   #11
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Living alone, I often use "America's Test Kitchen Cooking For Two" revisions 2010 & 2011. I find the recipe ideas extremely helpful and simple. The quantities leave just enough for a second meal.
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Old 08-01-2011, 12:27 PM   #12
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Wow thank you so much for all the replies. I am feeling very welcomed and help! I am extremely grateful with the comments everyone left :)

Funny thing, As I post this message, lifehacker posted an article on cooking once a month (freezer cooking). I'm a bit of a tech geek :)

Ideally I would like to find something like this: One Shopping List for Multiple Meals - Chicken | Cooking For One by Ashley Lojko

Sadly, Ashley stopped her weekly menu list and she only has 3 meals :) I messaged her on twitter and she said she's not continuing that list anytime soon due to her travels..

At this point, I want to get my feet wet on independent living and surviving! But yeah the thing starts off with exactly what I should get at the market and plans out meals for me.

I found a website that offers something similar (one week cooking), but I am unsure the $55 subscription is worth it. I found no independent reviews about the service, so I fear it might be a scam (or might not!). But regardless, I think I want a cookbook, that way I can interchange weeks (depending what's on sale at the market!). For example, the book might say the upcoming week is chicken, but there is a big sale on beef. I would do beef switch beef and chicken week :)

I think 7-Day Menu Planner For Dummies has what I am looking for. I need to head to BN to thumb through it before I make the purchase (either online or at BN) to see if it is what would aid me on this.

@Eat More Love, I'll check out "Single Servings". I am heading to Barnes and Noble at some point this week. Sadly the Borders near my house close down.. I'm sure I can find the title and ISBN number via google or amazon...

@Dawgluver I did get the How to Cook everything app for the iphone. I find that would be easy once I know what I am doing and how to plan out the meals.

@Fabiabi I love baking. But I think I would go into a sugar coma if that is all I ate. My boyfriend said I make killer brownies!

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Josie1945 do you have any recommendation on cooking program.

@licia The $5 rotisserie chicken at my supermarket seems to be my friend. It last me a food 2-3 days for the whole chicken! That would be great that you can give me a few names of cookbooks off your shelves. I would love to pick up your cookbook, do you know when it will be completed?
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Old 08-01-2011, 12:44 PM   #13
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I agree with licia. A rotisserie chicken is a wonderful resource. One meal could be simply pieces of the freshly cooked chicken. Another would be chopped chicken as a salad and stuffed into a tomato, next you could chop more and turn it into an enchilada/taco, etc. dish, slice up others and make a gravy/sauce and serve it with mashed potatoes. Save the bones and remaining clinging meat and convert that to a soup using small quantities of leftover frozen veggies that get accumulated from ends of packages that aren't enough for a whole serving.

So far, this one chicken has provided at least 5 meals. Even better. If you have the capability to rotisserize your own chicken, you'll also save money. Our toaster oven has a rotisserie feature that we use all the time. It cooks a 4-pound chicken in about 2 hours. The last one I did I got the chicken on sale for about 69 cents per pound. Pretty inexpensive if you're also seeking to save money, too.

Along with others here, I agree that if you use a cookbook designed for two, you'll maximize your time and effort and have extra meals already prepared for times when you're busy or don't feel like cooking.
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Old 08-01-2011, 01:03 PM   #14
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Rotisserie chicken carcasses make outstanding broth. I make it on a per carcass basis, but if you don't have time, you can freeze the carcasses to cook up later. You can also freeze the broth for later soups and stuff.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:07 AM   #15
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pennywaltz, I have a cookbook that fits your description almost to a tee. One of my very first cookbooks, a gift shortly after I too graduated. Unfortunately, it's written in Japanese.

If you're completely new to cooking, I'm thinking youtube could also be a helpful resource...?
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:24 AM   #16
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pennywaltz, I have a cookbook that fits your description almost to a tee. One of my very first cookbooks, a gift shortly after I too graduated. Unfortunately, it's written in Japanese.

If you're completely new to cooking, I'm thinking youtube could also be a helpful resource...?
I actually follow 1 youtube cooking person, she cooks vietnamese food (My background!)... it gives me a "taste" of home I guess.

Now the question is, is it easier to learn Japanese or search for the cookbook in English?
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:15 PM   #17
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Just wanted to report, I found a cookbook that might be ideal.
The 7-Day Menu Planner: Weekly Shopping Lists, Menus, and Recipes for an Entire Year It was $6 on amazon. Based on 1 of the 2 reviews, it may not be healthy (lots of butter) but at least it would get my feet wet. and of course it's an older cookbook (1993).

I found the 7day menu planner for dummies, which puts together weekly menus at Borders. It doesn't have a shopping list (I suppose I can go through all the recipe and put together a list). I might switch to that one in the near future. I find it funny it is cheaper to get a copy off amazon than the everything must go sale at Borders (as you know they are closing!).
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:12 PM   #18
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Going Solo In The Kitchen

I have GOING SOLO IN THE KITCHEN (1995) by Jane Doerfer in my cookbook collection. It is geared for the lone cook who is new to cooking.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:24 PM   #19
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You know, I am quite honestly at least half kidding with this suggestion, but there is either the greatest or saddest cookbook for you to use right here: Microwave Cooking for One
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:14 PM   #20
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I'm reading through The 7-Day Menu Planner: Weekly Shopping Lists, Menus, and Recipes for an Entire Year and the book is really geared towards perhaps a family of 4... i am attempting my first week soon and of course I am dividing everything down and skipping a few things. THe book wanted me to make a chocolate cake on a Tuesday night... now that is funny :)

I'll do a search for GOING SOLO IN THE KITCHEN @Max and look at the reviews

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You know, I am quite honestly at least half kidding with this suggestion, but there is either the greatest or saddest cookbook for you to use right here: Microwave Cooking for One
This is what I'm trying to avoid, but I might have to learn to love my microwave!
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