serving sizes and recipes we post on chow
i wonder how many people follow the recipes portion size on stuff found here
we always find to feed real appetites we make the recipes between 1 1/2 bigger to double it depending on if other thinks are going with it or if it is the whole meal
we find most portion sizes (serves 4) aka 3 mouthfuls is not enough
food, must disagree with you. We have found exactly the opposite. If a recipe describes that it serves 4, it will be at least 2 meals for us and each will have a nice lunch (or 6 servings). The food magazine recipes are even worse -- 1 lb of pasta with sauce and protein indicates 4 servings; for us it is 8 servings.
I also generally find that recipes make much more than they say, on the web, in cookbooks, everywhere. I once made an "8-serving" recipe of red beans and rice, planning to have leftovers. Well I did - I ended up with about 16 servings. Every container I had was full. The exception to this is cookies. I must make mine bigger than everyone else's, because I usually only get half of the recipe estimate.
Jfood's experience that many of the sauces that accompany the recipes need 1.5X to achieve the sauciness that jfood is looking for.
If it says it serves 4, I usually cut a recipe in half..and even then, it usually ends up be 3 portions anyway.