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Hi all, Sorry if this has been done before. I don't usually get time to read or post on boards.

Both of my children are now in college and my SO has been traveling for work. I work full time but still cooked from scratch most nights for my family. Now I am coming home to just 4 cats. Sometimes I cook something nice and fresh for myself. But I also find that I am turning to things from my childhood. (and enjoying every moment of it.) Dishes like Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast, Campbell's Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese, open faced sandwiches with toast, tomato, cheese and bacon. Last night I had homemade creamed spinach for dinner.

I'm just curious...what do you eat when you are home alone?

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  1. I am a great fan of appetizers, so I get a box of great crackers, some cheese or a cream cheese blend I have whipped up, add some ham, or summer sausage, roast beef, and assemble them, adding a sliced olive on top. Pair that with some sliced fruit or grapes, carrots or celery sticks, and maybe some soup on the side, and I am a happy camper!

    1. i load up on things my wife is not too fond of. when she's on the road, i knock out corned beef, roast duck, lobster and so on. the beauty is i generally have great leftovers. eating alone is a very cool challenge and should not be taken lightly.

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      1. re: steve h

        I agree. It is a fun challenge and I have whipped up some wonderful meals just for me. I found the fact that I was eating things like chipped beef (which I had not purchased in 20 years and did not even know that it is no longer available in little jars) interesting. Tonight I am having a nice big salad with dried cranberries, walnuts and goat cheese. I'm just really curious to hear what other people do.

        1. re: Springhaze2

          lots of room for junk, err comfort food, too. tonight's menu calls for nachos, chili, refried beans and beer. yesterday's duck will be tomorrow's lunch. i'll be back on the straight-and-narrow tomorrow by 6 p.m.
          have too much fun.

        2. re: steve h

          I do this too. Splurge on things she doesn't care for. For me that's shrimp, salmon and anything porky

        3. My husband is in school in the neighboring state, so we're each alone during the week. Generally I'll make one nice meal on Sunday, then divide it into a few meals for us each during the week- this week it was spinach lasagne with turkey meatballs on the side. I just pack the leftovers directly into single-serving tupperware.

          When I run out of that, 75% of the time it's pasta with some veggie boiled right in the pasta water and red sauce on top.

          1. I have probably done variations of all of these things--okay, not as ambitious as Steve H, but I do sometimes cook stews, soups, casseroles, meatloaf --things that make for good leftovers. And sometimes I don't want to cook, so I go the more appetizer route. But sometimes, when I feel like semi-cooking, I take some chicken or pork or beef and stir-fry it with either frozen stir-fry or Asian veggies from Trader Joe's, or I cut up some veggies I have in the fridge, or if I see it in the produce section at the market, I pick up a package of pre-cut veggies. That way, I have a combination of fresh veggies and I don't end up with a bunch of different veggies in the fridge, all half-cut up. I tend to be more creative on the weekends, when I have more time, as I really don't feel much like cooking a real meal from scratch starting at 7 or 8 at night, after a full day at work.

            1. Weird stuff... I tend to graze. I love roasted beets with goat cheese. So I will put beets in the oven, but get hungry before they are done. So I munch on olives or pickles...maybe some cured meats or cheese. Or pasta....always love pasta.

              1. I just nibble on what I'm feeding the kids. I hate to make a real meal because they are so picky so I usually give them their favorites. Tonight it was bean soup and chicken nuggets and pineapple tidbits. So far I've had some warm eggnog spiked with Kahlua. Right now I am in a rut. Nothing is appealing to me. It may have something to do with the candy I've been eating from their Halloween bags. Tomorrow it is all going to work-or the trash. I am looking forward to this eating season being over.

                1. I tend to eat things my husband doesn't like and I love. If I'm cooking for myself after a long day, I'll make things like omelets, a "big" salad filled with stuff like beets, goat cheese, etc. pasta with vegies, or have a little "appetizers" party all by myself. If I have more time, I'll cook up a proper meal with fish as the main dish--he is not a fan. When I just don't feel like cooking, I get sushi or Indian food (he won't eat either).

                  1. Kippers with onion, a creamy egg, and whiskey with pepper. A nice raw-ish chunk of beef cooked for some seconds on the surface, with a dab of mustard sauce (I try to not freak people out by getting steaks rare when I'm out).

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                    1. re: link_930

                      "Whiskey with pepper"?? Really?? What kind of whiskey? I like all the other things you mention, plus like whiskey, but never thought of seasoning it.....

                      1. re: rcallner

                        I know it's pretty anti-CH, but I usually have Johnny Walker. No use messing around with the good stuff.

                        The stuff can cure anything: congestion, lack of appetite, heartbreak, etc. ;)

                        1. re: link_930

                          Good tip. I occasionally suffer all of the above (but for the lack of appetite).

                    2. I love to eat but don't really like to cook anymore. I'm embarassed to say that when I am left to my own devices, I tend to do something like make brownies for dinner or eat chips and salsa. I do much better with take out. Or company.

                      1. I make variations on corn chowder. Start with a can of creamed corn, a small can of corn and milk or half and half. Then choose your add-in - canned tuna or salmon, cooked sausage, kosher hot dogs, spinach, shrimp,chicken --- anything you want. Heat it up and sprinkle something crunchy on top - croutons, chips, fried onions. Quick and easy bliss.

                        1. There is a delightful book recently out on this very subject! "Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant", a collection of essays (title taken from the infamous Laurie Colwin's essay in Home Cooking.
                          It's really good writing and funny too -- Nora Ephron, Marcella Hazan, Amanda Hesser, Ann Patchett, Paula Wolfert and many others whose names I don't recognize who are very good writers.
                          A good read.

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                          1. re: NYchowcook

                            Thanks for the tip. I need to get that!

                            1. re: NYchowcook

                              Thanks for the book tip NYchowcook. I love reading essay collections like this either food or travel. I'll definitely put it on my Christmas list.

                            2. The few times i'm left alone, I generally make a bee-line for the local pizza joint. :>)

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                              1. re: tusti

                                Its just Mr. Cheflambo and I, so when he's gone, Im like you all ... I cook things he doesnt care for. In fact, when I am browsing the cooking magazines and pulling out recipes I want to try, I have a special folder for those I KNOW I will be eating alone. I roast a chicken with lemon and rosemary stuffed under the skin .. this becomes several more meals and a tasty snack. I throw all the anchovies I want on my homemade pizza. I also surf the freezer for things like Stouffers welsh rarebit and the occasional slab of ahi tuna, which I grill with Mr. Foreman. Im also a big fan of appetizers, so sometimes its just a whole meal of party food -- stinky cheese, fancy crackers, and my new passion, Nigella Lawson's "roquamole" -- guacamole with bleu cheese. Divine!!!

                                1. re: Cheflambo

                                  Please elaborate! "roquamole" thanks!

                                  1. re: chef chicklet

                                    Nigella was on the Today Show last and had her Roquamole. Sounded divine to me, too! Here is a link to the segment and recipes.

                                    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21820118

                                    1. re: danhole

                                      Alright! Thanks danhoe and cf!

                                      1. re: chef chicklet

                                        Thanks also, Danhole -- I was looking for that link too, and you beat me to it!

                              2. I make a really brothy shrimp scampi type dish with, like, an entire head of garlic and lots of butter, wine, and olive oil and some feta cheese thrown in for good measure. The shrimp serve as a sort of delicious 'carrier' for the rest of the ingredients. Then I eat the whole thing with a spoon like a soup. I smell like garlic for days, but it's totally worth it.

                                1. Usually Steak, venison or wild pork with a dry rub grilled with either beer or some sort of whiskey (Scotch or Irish)

                                  It's like bachelor chow with a better budget and a cool grill :)

                                  1. Tonite it was refried black beans, tacos and guacamole. Tomorrow it's gonna be black-eyed peas from the pot I made a few days ago, Louisiana hot links and a salad.

                                    1. for me, the theme tends to be two fold--veggie-laden and mismatched hodge-podge. i likely wouldn't serve what i make for myself to others, or at least not all together in the combination/order i tend to eat...

                                      i'll grill/steam a heap of different veggies, probably eat some salad while they cook. i'll eat my veggies, then pick a protein... cottage cheese, egg white omelette or scrambled, chicken (salad), fish, etc.

                                      occasionally i'll have foresight and cook a soup/stew/stirfry of sorts w/ either grilled veggies, balsamic, braggs, mustard, lemon juice mixture as a base with some sort of protein added, or start w/ a miso soup base and tons of greens (mustard, bok choy, kale, etc.), wild mushrooms (cremini, shiitake, portabello, oyster), garlic, let stew and cook then drizzle in frothed egg whites or tofu cubes...

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                                      1. re: Emme

                                        You and I eat the same way (minus the chicken on this end). And since I eat alone pretty much every night, I always need to remind myself that others may not like my mix of steamed veg with cottage cheese and hot sauce...

                                        1. re: piccola

                                          Ooh, cottage cheese with chopped tomato and lots of black pepper!

                                          1. re: piccola

                                            Or steamed veggies with cottage cheese and salsa? That's my fave. Sometimes all on top of pasta or a baked potato.

                                        2. In the past few days, sole, spaghetti, spareribs & beans, scallops, creole shrimp, hamburger, chili, chicken & biscuits with gravy, roast beef, meatloaf, chicken wings, beef stroganoff, corned beef.

                                          1. This is a great question, and different. Not a question like "what do you eat for comfort?" or "What's your favorite secret food?" Much more interesting.
                                            The answer to this depends. I will go through my cabinets, fridge and freezer and come up with whatever I think sounds good at the time. I don't automatically go grab a can of beefaroni, or campbells soup. I look within the fridge and concoct.
                                            Last week I was alone and had left over acorn squash, I mixed them with cream cheese and chives and thought about making raviolis with it. Then I soon got bored with that.
                                            I took left over zuchinni that was cooked in a creamy tomato and garlic sauce, and made a soup out of it. Usually I will just start putting things together that I know I will like.

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                                            1. re: chef chicklet

                                              That's pretty much what I do also. Anything in the fridge or pantry is fair game when it's just me.
                                              I usually have a lot of ban chan lurking, as well as jap chae (stir fried korean sweet potato starch noodles), eggs, veggies, flour tortillas, some kind of frozen meat, cheddar and pepper jack cheese, and roasted seaweed, and of course kimchi.
                                              I usually do my fusion experiments when I'm on my own, like a quasi-quesadilla with pepper jack, kimchi, diced chicken, beef, or spicy pork, onion, garlic, crumbled nori, and jalapenos.

                                              1. re: hannaone

                                                hannaone! I'm laughing over here. My friends and I like to make the craziest late night concoctions:

                                                taco kimbap
                                                jeon quesadilla
                                                hwae dup bap/ceviche bowl
                                                labbokki with duck confit (labboki itself is still weird to me)
                                                soon dubu jjigae, reduced, on top of pasta

                                                The joys of eating terroir style, no?

                                                1. re: hannaone

                                                  Hannaone! Wow the ingredient list sounds so wonderful. I hope you write your creations down, some of us would try it and probably love the heck out of it.

                                                  1. re: chef chicklet

                                                    I posted the recipe for the quesadilla here:
                                                    http://www.chow.com/recipes/11253

                                              2. I used to make myself something special that my husband wasn't fond of, but now I keep it simple and happily carby. Things like cappelini with butter and parmesan, or a baked potato with TONS of sour cream.

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                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                  I'm in the simple-and-carby camp too. I tend to eat breakfast all day long.

                                                2. When I am home alone I tend to forgo complete meals and find myself snacking in front of the refrigerator. Rolling turkey slices around my boyfriends martini olives. Dipping claussen pickles in blue cheese dressing. Spooning horseradish on pretzels. Scooping up chocolate pudding with potato chips. Wrapping slices of rare roast beef around mustard dipped string cheese...

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                                                  1. re: CourtneyO

                                                    yum! Great appetizers!

                                                    1. re: CourtneyO

                                                      So I'm not the only one who loves pickles dipped in blue cheese dressing!

                                                    2. quesadillas. lots and lots of quesadillas. with lots and lots of sour cream and hot sauce!

                                                      fillings = whatever cheese/veggies i happen to have in the fridge.

                                                      there's very little clean-up involved, they make a great vehicle for leftovers, they cook up quickly and lastly but most importantly.... they're a great excuse to eat absurd amounts of sour cream without feeling too bad :)

                                                      1. Crackers with cheese, salami and good mustard
                                                        Carrot sticks with Bob's Bleu Cheese salad dressing
                                                        A chef salad with all the ingredients that DH doesn't like
                                                        A baked potato with sauteed onions and mushrooms
                                                        Lentil soup or potato soup
                                                        Grilled cheese and tomato sandwich

                                                        1. I'm not a huge cook either when alone. I'll eat cereal, chicken noodle soup (canned) with a bit of fish sauce, lime juice, sliced chili and cilantro (a psuedo pho if you will).

                                                          All summer while my husband was on the road, I had guacamole. Just avocado, lime juice and salt. Eaten right out of the bowl, no chips.

                                                          And fruit

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                                                          1. re: ChandraNH

                                                            Ramen
                                                            Invented nachos
                                                            Ramen
                                                            Leftovers
                                                            Ramen

                                                          2. It depends...Sometimes just a quick sandwich or I snack on different things, and sometimes a planned steak thrown on the grill with baked potato and the whole nine yards...

                                                            1. Dumplings and shiraz. And ice cream.

                                                              1. Since I cook every other night, on those I'm alone... it tends to come down to grazing at whatever's left in the fridge or the back of the pantry. I've actually come up with some great accidental recipes this way though!

                                                                1. I'm a widow and live alone with my 5 cats, so I'm always alone. I like to cook alot of Italian, Mexican and Asian. I tend to prefer hot and spicy food. Since I usually eat leftovers for lunch, I like dishes that are good leftover and reheated. I also like things that I can make ahead in larger quantities and freeze part of it for some night when I'm tired and don't feel like cooking much.

                                                                  1. Once I was away from home for ten weeks going to summer school. Lived alone and was 'way too busy to cook. Lucky for me, I was in an area that grew blueberries and raspberries. I lived on cereal.

                                                                    1. - cereal
                                                                      - baked beans on toast
                                                                      - scrambled eggs on toast
                                                                      - burritos/fajitas
                                                                      - soup

                                                                      1. It varies depending upon what I am in the mood for. Last night it was a huge amount of cabbage sauteed in a bit of butter, salt, and pepper. NEVER could I get away with this if my SO were home. He is all about trying to force protein on me at every meal, but it really hit the spot.

                                                                        1. I'm always home alone. Tonight I'm making a simple pepperoni pizza on the grill. TJ's garlic herb dough, fontina, pepperoni...baked on tiles in my grill. Last night I made my soon to be famous eggplant parmesean "waffles". I often make a nice salad of many varieties.

                                                                          1. My go-to solo dinner is Noodle Night-- especially good for a compelling evening of guilty-pleasure television. I saute half a chopped onion, minced garlic, toss in whatever veg I have (always carrots and usually broccoli, red pepper, mushrooms, etc.), add chicken stock and bring to a simmer; then I add shredded/sliced meat leftovers if there are any-- roast chicken, steak or roast beef, pork tenderloin-- and a brick of ramen noodles. A splash of soy, lots of sriracha, and I plop in front of the TV, dishtowel draped around my neck, and slurp it all down with the help of chopsticks. It takes maybe 20 minutes, max (and that's if I'm being fancy and chopping everything nice and pretty) from fridge to couch.

                                                                            Spaghettini tossed with olive oil-sauteed garlic, lots of real parm and herbs (fresh basil is best, but dried basil/oregano/marjoram will do in a pinch).

                                                                            OR... steamed hot dogs stuffed into corn tortilla quesadillas made with Chihuahua cheese, doused with El Pato hot sauce. These are generally eaten over the sink. I think my SO would throw up if he ever witnessed this particular gustatory extravaganza.

                                                                            1. eating home alone is my chance to gorge on veggies -- dinner could be just sauteed rapini, spinach or brocoli or roasted brussel sprouts, beets, fennel or rapini -- I'm happy to let the oil be my protien. For some reason, the hubster doesn't consider that a full meal??

                                                                              1. definitely the random grazing in front of the fridge and pantry cabinet...usually involves roasted almonds, granola (if I can pick out the big chunks), and dried fruit. I also love just cutting a perfectly ripe pear and having it with a little blue cheese or parmesan...my favorite movie-watching food. oh, and peanut butter on Ak-Mak crackers. I grew up eating squarely-balanced meals, so now I rather enjoy eating things that are most emphatically not full dinners.

                                                                                1. It's funny... if I'm home alone at lunch (a rare occurrence), I either have a bean and cheese burrito (something from my college days), or a tin of sardines with crackers (not sure where that came from!). But you can pretty much count on it, although it's been the sardines more than the burrito these last couple years.

                                                                                  Dinners are different. I'll have to think about that one.

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                                                                                  1. re: PBsherry

                                                                                    Weird grazing here too. It depends on how long I'm alone. For example, im without the DF this week.
                                                                                    Started off with a nice eggplant parm and whole wheat penne stuffed with grated zucchini...
                                                                                    moved on down to chicken cutlets tuesday, then fresh noodle ramen wednesday..then a box of soup I found...

                                                                                    tonight, it's some yogurt and berries, granola, a banana, two cookies, some peanut brittle, and tea.
                                                                                    Can't wait til he gets back >_<

                                                                                  2. Well, the overall answer is any d--- thing I want to! But I also have a whole variety of appetizers I pick up from the freezer section at Sam's that I horde for "just me." Petite quiches, scallops wrapped in bacon, spring rolls, spanakopita, tyropita, crab cakes. I'm decadent. What can I say? but every once in a while I'm overcome with a longing for childhood. Then I make porridge (oatmeal) so thick you have to wrestle it from the pan by holding the pan down. Spread a thick layer over the bottom of a generous soup plate, top that with a layer of Kellog's All Bran, top that with a generous layer of brown sugar, then float whole milk over the top. Do not stir! Just eat it like pudding. Fantastic! I just can't have it that often because of a fairly mild oatmeal allergy. <sigh>

                                                                                    1. My husband is not a big vegetable eater, so when I am home alone, I like to eat healthy: roast a butternut squash with some cinnamon and maple syrup or roast a selection of veggies: fennel, shiitakes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, red peppers, eggplant--whatever is seasonal--tossed with olive oil and balsamic. They caramelize so nicely. I also like the tomato soup and grilled cheese combo (so comforting), but "update" it with some prosciutto and grainy mustard on the sandwich:
                                                                                      http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.typep...

                                                                                      1. If I don't have anything already cooked, I make myself an omelet. With a ton of sliced garlic, chopped tomatoes, whatever other veggies I find lying around and smiling at me...And of course cheese( I usually have a few kinds on hand ). It beats any kind of canned or ready made food from a store!

                                                                                        1. Lately I've been utterly addicted to banana waffles with ridiculous amount of banana packed in (think three bananas for 1.5 cups of flour). They obviously don't come out crispy at this level, but that's just fine with me. I load them up with butter and enjoy the banana carb goodness.

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                                                                                          1. re: vorpal

                                                                                            Think they could be made into pancakes? If yes, what's the recipe?

                                                                                            1. re: piccola

                                                                                              They'd probably make decent pancakes, but I'd recommend anyone cut the bananas down from 3 to 2 for cooking / textural reasons. The number of bananas that I put in is firstly because I really love banana taste and find it too weak in most baked goods of any type, and secondly because I'm trying to increase my potassium, but it does play havoc with the consistency of the cooked product when you go this banana-y. I'm totally going for taste, and not presentation with these.

                                                                                              Here's the general idea. I eyeball all measurements when it comes to quickbreads since I've made so many of them so often:

                                                                                              1 egg, beaten
                                                                                              2 tsp vanilla extract (I *love* vanilla)
                                                                                              1/4 c butter, melted
                                                                                              1.5 c white flour (in Canada I use all purpose... I can't recall how that translates to US flours)
                                                                                              1/2 tsp salt
                                                                                              1 tbsp baking powder
                                                                                              2 tbsp sugar (I like them sweet, too)
                                                                                              3/4 - 1 cup of milk or buttermilk, depending on what I have and how much I need to leave things with a thick but runny consistency
                                                                                              3 ripe bananas, mashed

                                                                                              Mix it together, but don't overstir so as to ruin the baking powder. You might want to mix dry first, and then wet, and combine. I usually just stir everything but the bananas together and then fold them in at the end.

                                                                                              Then I heat up the waffle iron, brush the plates with melted butter, and cook away. The final product gets heaps of butter on it. Yum.

                                                                                              Can you tell that I'm trying to put on weight, or that bananas and butter constitute two of my favourite flavours?

                                                                                              Another thing I've been doing lately is to cook apple bananas (they're very small bananas that have a firmer consistency and very nice, complex taste - highly addictive and much better than our regular Cavendish ones) slowly in butter with loads of brown sugar and freshly grated cinnamon sprinkled on top (think maybe 10 bananas to 5 tbsp butter, 6-8 tbsp sugar, and 2 tsp cinnamon). I turn every five minutes or so and cook for maybe 20-30 mins, until everything is caramelized and the butter and brown sugar have combined to form a wonderful sauce. Best dessert I've had in ages. I've been thinking of adding some form of liquor and flambeeing to it to make it even better, but I don't know what, and because of health reasons, it would have to be a "pure" liquor (i.e. nothing artificially flavoured like Bailey's or Kahlua, and things more along the line of vodka, tequila, etc). Perhaps scotch or dark rum.

                                                                                              1. re: vorpal

                                                                                                I'm in Canada, too, so AP flour it is.

                                                                                                Oh, and you might want to try roasting bananas, either to eat as if or to mash for your waffles. YUM.

                                                                                                1. re: piccola

                                                                                                  That sounds wonderful! What's the best way to go about roasting them?

                                                                                                  1. re: vorpal

                                                                                                    Don't know if it's the best way, but I just toss with a little melted butter and spices (cinnamon, ginger, whatever floats your boat) and roast at 450 for 30 mins or so, depending on the size of the chunks. Keep a close eye, though, because the sugar makes them burn fast.

                                                                                                    1. re: vorpal

                                                                                                      had to jump in when i saw this , my favourite dessert when i was little was grilled bananas just split them down the middle like a bannana split and grill in oven until soft ooooh so good serve with cinamon and if you want ice cream, we just had them plain ;-)

                                                                                                  2. re: vorpal

                                                                                                    My Jamaican friend told me to do this to bananas the other day! I haven't tried it but he said to just mash my sorry looking black banana with some flour to make a thick paste and fry in oil to make nana pancakes. Your recipe looks much tastier though.

                                                                                              2. Last night, I used leftover rice (a mix of brown & white) in the fridge and made an impromptu fried rice dish with red miso paste, green onions and eggs!

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                                                                                                1. re: kathyyl

                                                                                                  Today I had dill pickle chips and a can of peaches in heavy syrup and two baked potatoes with tuna for dinner. Don't tell mom.

                                                                                                2. Peanut butter on sliced bananas with chocolate syrup poured ALL over it.

                                                                                                  1. Last night I had leftover latkes with applesauce and sour cream, and a chocolate chocolate chip cookie (from Whole Foods -- so good) for dessert.

                                                                                                    1. A great brie with a crusty loaf of bread and fresh fruit. Pop in a movie and I am a happy camper!

                                                                                                      1. I can't believe I'm owning up to this in public! Late at night, Wasa light rye crisp bread slathered with a thick layer of Jiff Extra Chunky peanut butter topped with orange marmalade and accompanied by a steaming cup of any flavor of Celestial Seasoning's holiday teas. Turn on the tree lights and let it sparkle!

                                                                                                        1. Thanks for reminding me about creamed spinach! That can be soooooooo good, with maybe a little rice or mashed potatoes on the side.

                                                                                                          I love my homemade mac 'n' cheese, made with ziti, aged cheddar and creamy American. Too rich for my health-conscious spouse, so that's a solo dish.

                                                                                                          I'm also the one who will use up the leftover green veggies. Kale-sadillas, with kale that has been previously sauteed with olive oil and garlic (or just steamed), black beans, and the cheese of your choice (or not). Frittata with whatever green stuff is around plus some onion/garlic/leek plus or minus mushrooms plus Parmesan or Gruyere. Lately I've been groovin' on zucchini and leeks cooked together. The other week I concocted a yummy risotto with those.

                                                                                                          He's all about congees and veggie or fish soups lately. Those are good too, and balance out my tendency to make anything I can slather with cheese. Good thing he's home more often than not.

                                                                                                          1. I'm one of those who grazes from the pantry and the refrigerator. If there are leftovers, I eat those first. Then start on cheese, nuts, popcorn, cereal and graham crackers.
                                                                                                            And once I'm done with that, I've gotta have something sweet - anything.

                                                                                                            1. pizza tonight.

                                                                                                              deb's on the road so i had to deal: patricia wells for the dough recipe, reinhart for the sauce. set the oven for 500 degrees. let the pizza stone warm up for 90 minutes.

                                                                                                              rolled the dough out and brushed it with a hint of olive oil. sauce next (not much) followed by sliced mozzarella and grated parmigiana regiano. browned some local, sweet italian sausage for a bit of a kick and spread it over the top. another drizzle of olive oil and into the oven.

                                                                                                              seven minutes later and all was good.

                                                                                                              usually pair my pizzas with a decent red but recent bubbly posts encouraged me to pop a prosecco di conegliano. nice.

                                                                                                              1. We have a nice panini press. I make a pressed/grilled sandwich with whatever I can find in the fridge.

                                                                                                                1. When I am alone I don't feel like bothering to cook since I always cook so I do the grazing thing too, normally hummus, pita, goat cheese and carrots. Sometimes I will make breakfast for dinner or a breakfast burrito, or a pizza, sometimes I just don't even bother to eat if I get home really late from work I just watch a tv show and go to bed.

                                                                                                                  Or I will go out to eat with a friend.

                                                                                                                  1. I usually eat pasta dishes when on my own, especially ones involving egg noodles (comfort food from childhood). I usually whip up a simple tomato-based or creamy extra-garlicky carbonara sauce on top, and broiled fish. Sometimes I cheat and use the marinara from Trader Joe's (spiked with capers and extra garlic). Or sometimes I just have mac n' cheese. And a copious amount of red wine (to drink, not necessarily in the food).

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                                                                                                                    1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                      I throw a can of tamales in a large soup bowl followed by a can of chili, nuke till hot then diced onion on top. My wife hates it when I do this. :>)