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Let's get down to brass tacks..What's the average Chowhounds c**k size?

You read it.....what's your average cook size? When I cook it's generally with the intention of having plenty of left overs for the family to eat during the week. Since I'm the chef of my house, and I generally have appointments several nights a week, causing me to eat out, I cook in abundance on the weekends so we have plenty of left overs to hold the family over during the week.

I know people who despise left overs and do their best to gauge their meals for just enough for that particular meal, anything left over goes out with the trash, that's not me.

So what about you? When you cook, what's your cook size?

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  1. I used to cook for a legion, even tho it's just the two of us. You know how a simple stir-fry can suddenly balloon into something you'd need at least 4 more folks to finish.

    Since neither of us are particularly fond of leftovers (save for a few exceptions) and don't have much freezer space either, I've simply cut down on the amount of food I make.

    (Not counting the two racks of spare ribs I smoked yesterday, of which we have a full rack leftover. Now -- *those* kinds of leftovers we like :-)

    Most of the time, there's just a few bites left to be demolished later that same evening, or for lunch the next day.

    1. Okay, you caught me.

      I have no interest in how much food other folks cook.

      I just wanted to know who all the CH liars were.

      1. Wonderful use of asterisks.

        Isn't 5 the average?:-)

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        1. re: truepeacenik

          I dunno, some are show-ers, others are grow-ers .....

        2. Seriously, they could use you over @ CHOW, Jr!
          Fill out an application!

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          1. re: HillJ

            I've got to be perfectly honest with you HillJ, I have no idea what over @ Chow is?

            Outside of these boards I have no clue what the rest of the site is about.

            1. re: jrvedivici

              CHOW.com, 'bout time you get familiar, lol..

              1. re: HillJ

                Ok, I ventured on over to CHOW.com, I felt like a little boy from Indiana in NY for the first time. There were so many pictures, topics, reviews, blogs, recipes, I didn't know where to turn or what to do. At one point a man pulled up in a van and offered me candy to get in and help him look for his lost puppy, I declined.

                I'm not really sure what to do, just comment on blogs? Should I review a new appliance? Write a recipe, wait I don't use recipes! I'm really unsure what that whole place is about, it's a foreign land to me.

                I wanted to replace the Super Taster guy.....although I'm not arrogant enough to consider myself "Super" so I was thinking about doing a video blog called "The adequate sampler", I'm still waiting for the Chow phone to ring.

                Help me HillJ....hold my hand and guide me into what CHOW.com is all about.

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  Don't get in the car, dammit! ROFL!
                  Ring, brrrrrrrrring! Jr. calling for a job interview!
                  Head to San Francisco for the answers.

                  CHOW is a magazine format, the staff here run the show on CHOW. It's the HQ.

          2. I cook for two people, leftovers are for one persons lunch.

            For dessert, usually enough for 2-3 nights.

            1. I always cook so that I can have multiple meals in a week. It also tastes better with a little age on it.

              1. Anywhere from "just tonight" through to "two weeks"

                1. I cook enough to probably have left overs anywhere between 2-4 meals, but depending on what it is and what I'm in the mood for, I don't always make it through all my left overs. I mean, you aren't exactly going to make a batch of chili for just one bowl, but I got tired of it after just 2 meals, so down the garbage disposal it went. This is part of the reason I don't cook as much. I'm too finicky.

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                    1. re: treb

                      So funny, I knew someone was going to suggest that. I have a secret.....I'm scared of the freezer!! There is no logical way for me to explain this, but things that have been frozen are less appealing to me.

                      1. re: SaraAshley

                        I would keep this information to yourself if you ever meet family members of the Disney or Mantle families.

                  1. Meals for one to fourteen depending on schedules. We love leftovers.

                    1. Size isn't important, its the girth of the plate that matters

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                        1. re: NonnieMuss

                          It's the motion of the stirring spoon.

                      1. 2XL. I just can't seem to cook a "little bit" of anything.

                        1. It's not the size of the pan, it's the fire in the oven!!

                          1. My household is one.

                            I try to cook efficiently and with an eye towards using leftovers in new ways.

                            If the dish freezes well then I make a full recipe: Lasagna, chili, etc. I make stock every week or so. What I won't use that week gets pressure canned. I roast a pan of seasonal vegetables weekly too. I use whatever type my daily dish requires. Roasting them creates great flavor and makes for very quick meal prep later.

                            I make single portions of items I only want one meal of. Ex: with the stock I can have a cream soup one day, use it in to stew vegetables the next, cook rice in it the third day...Fish I may make two portions - one for tonight and use the rest in a pasta salad the next day.

                            1. I'm cooking for two, and usually aim for lunch leftovers for both of us. However, I always neglect to account for the fact that he easily eats twice what I do.... I'm lucky if we have lunch for one of us the next day.

                              1. I cook for me and the husband, but since I blog, I tend to make enough for an army, and set myself projects on the weekends. Monday mornings = garbage disposal time at the office, where coworkers eat up any leftovers. I usually manage one lunch out of whatever I've made.

                                Despite being a respectable, middle age-ish lady, it seems I have a pretty big c**k.

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                                1. re: NonnieMuss

                                  I'm curious. What does blogging have to do with how much food you cook?

                                  1. re: c oliver

                                    Cooking more often than needed. Making enough to photograph well...

                                    1. re: c oliver

                                      Melpy's right - cooking when it's not necessary, cooking larger batches, cooking when I know I'm going out to eat, etc. Also a lot of experimentation, which doesn't always go over well at home, but is inhaled at the office by the college boys who eat anything and everything.

                                      1. re: NonnieMuss

                                        So you two get PAID for this? Also I find that a photo of a single serving on a plate usually looks better than a lot. But I don't blog.

                                        1. re: c oliver

                                          Not one red cent - I just do it for fun. I could put ads and popups all over it and make a few bucks, but I'm happy to do it just for me. I learn a lot about food, photography, and computery stuff, and it's my hobby so I don't mind outputting a little cash on it (it's less than, say, golf or sailing would cost). True about the single serving looking better, but for example I did spaghetti and meatballs once, and a pork butt another time - it's just as easy to make enough for 12 as enough for one photo. And as an added bonus, my coworkers LOVE my c**k.

                                  2. I cook for 4: dinner and the next day's lunch for each of us. We don't have a microwave so I'm more likely to freeze ingredients than I am finished dishes.

                                    1. It 's not the meat, it's the motion. Gotta go give the hang low a rest from daily gravity.

                                      -apologies to Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

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                                      1. re: Veggo

                                        Speaking of meat, this is one of our local successful burger chains .....


                                        1. re: Veggo

                                          Motion of the grinding of the meat? Huh.....yeah I'm going to shut up.

                                        2. Generally portioned for 4. That way there's always leftovers for next day's lunch or dinner, but any more than that no one's gonna eat it.

                                          1. I think I need to get bifocals.

                                            1. There's two of us, but my husband has a fast metabolism, and he likes to eat leftovers for breakfast.

                                              So I cook for about four, he gets a big breakfast of assorted leftovers, and about once a week we get a leftover meal (and break from cooking one night).

                                              I occasionally do a big batch and freeze the extra, but we have limited freezer space so we can't store a lot that way.

                                              1. XL for me too. Cooking for 4, including two teen boys. And I love me some leftovers.

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                                                1. re: tcamp

                                                  Decades ago, one of my cousins with three teens, had a great idea for saving money and time. Once a week she pulled all the leftovers out, put them on the counter. Everybody made their own 'melange' and MWd.

                                                2. Depends. I try to plan out a week at a time so I have leftovers for lunches, but not so many leftovers that I can't get through it. So some nights it's a meal for one, sometmes for 2, and sometimes for 4+

                                                  1. I cook enough for a meal. People often glance at my food pictures and ask if I ate it all which baffles me because I only cook what I plan to eat. It's rare I have leftover. I rarely cook meals ahead because I usually only know what I'm in the mood for when the time comes. I used to cook ahead and then if I didn't want that food it sat there and I made what I wanted to so now I just wait.

                                                    1. 2 meals worth when I cook, one leftover isn't bad.
                                                      DW tends to make more so she doesn't have to cook as often, so I instituted the "three strikes and yer out" rule to get more variety and prevent food from petrifying in the fridge.

                                                      1. I sometimes have issues with c**k size because I have 4 kids and got used to cooking for 6, but now 3 are away at colleges. I have a hard time paring down the meals to just feed 3. Then sometimes some of all of them come home and I have to ramp up production again, only to cut it back again when they leave. Also, some of them work when they come home, so they might not be eating with us. Or they might want their dinner put in the fridge for later. Just figuring out how much lettuce to rip up into a salad can be a brain teaser. Anyway, when it's just the 3 of us, the weekend meals often get figured into one weeknight leftover meal.

                                                        1. It doesn't matter how much I cook, my husband finishes it no matter what.

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                                                          1. re: Monica

                                                            Quick funny story along this line, by mother in law grew up thinking you should always have an abundance of food at every meal, if there wasn't food left over you didn't make enough.

                                                            My father in law grew up in a somewhat frugal household where nothing was to go to waste. You finished all the food you were given, other wise it was wasteful.

                                                            So my mother in law tells the story of when they were dating she made pork chops, she made four, she had one and he had three. The next time she made five, she had one, he ate four. Next time it was 6, one for her and five for him, as she tells the story she got up to making a dozen pork chops before she finally asked "Just how many pork chops do you eat?".

                                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                                              first of all, is this a real story?

                                                              although that's exactly what's happening whenever we order those small sliders. At first, we ordered 4...we both had two and two..next time, he suggested we order more...so we ordered 5..he had 3 and i had 2...and then the next time, he suggested we order at least 7...i had 2 and he had 5...and yes, my story is real and true.

                                                              1. re: Monica

                                                                Well these are my in-laws so I wasn't around when they started dating, but yes my mother in law swears by the story!

                                                            2. re: Monica

                                                              Same here Monica
                                                              ...and not only with food, but if I bake cookies, they are gone the same day. Buy candy? gone. Chips? gone. Same day!
                                                              After he started getting thick around the middle, I just stopped buying it all and if we have company I hide it until they arrive.
                                                              It's not that he has to eat a lot - just if it's there - it's gone!

                                                              1. re: acssss

                                                                LOL, i asked my husband, why are you eating that? He said, because it's there!
                                                                I no longer buy snacks and if i do(like halloween candies), I hide them so he can't see it.

                                                                1. re: Monica

                                                                  I have been known to say "I'm anticipating leftovers of this."

                                                                2. We have athree day rule in our house, If something is on the third day it gets tossed that night,
                                                                  So, I make enough soup or stew to last no more than 3 days (if not cooking for the freezer).
                                                                  I try to grill 2 days worth of meats for the dogs at a time in case I don't get home by 3:30 the next afternoon, so wife or daughter and feed the dogs.
                                                                  Otherwise, I cook fresh every day what we expect to eat that day. The only exceptions are things that I expect to serve on sucessive days: fpr example I cook enough gefilte fish or matzo balls for both Friday night and Saturday lunch.

                                                                  I try not to have leftovers, NOT because we don't like them, BUT to avoid that 11PM 4th meal of the day and added weight gain.

                                                                  1. Medium to large size...only two of us in the house, kids are grown and live away but it's hard to downsize the cooking sometimes. If we light up the grill for example, it doesn't pay to just throw a burger or one steak on it so when that's the plan, I'll cook a couple racks of ribs and maybe a few pieces of chicken, etc. So, we'll eat them for a few days or if we tire of them, I'll freeze the rest for another time. We have no problem eating the leftovers.

                                                                    On the other hand, I'll pan sear & oven finish a ribeye for one meal, so in that case, no leftovers. But 3 out of 7 meals at least will contain some form of leftovers from the other meals.

                                                                    1. Leftover bread? It goes in the freezer to later be taken out to make breadcrumbs when needed.
                                                                      Leftover meat? Freezer - later to be used in soup/sauces.
                                                                      Leftover soup? Freeze
                                                                      Leftover spaghetti sauce? Freezes nicely and my boys live on their own, so when they come over, they love the leftover frozen spaghetti sauce to take home with them.
                                                                      I throw nothing out and also when I have the time to cook, I like to cook a lot and freeze or make different dishes with the same food - I've become very creative

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                                                                      1. re: acssss

                                                                        how many freezers do you have?
                                                                        my mother in law had 5 fridge...one huge on in her kitchen and 4 smaller ones in basement. Her food was always frozen and reheated...I thought she was a horrible cook until I tasted her freshly made food one day.

                                                                        1. re: Monica

                                                                          I only have the one :-)
                                                                          I rarely freeze food that will be made into a meal - I freeze the leftovers to be used for other things like stock, soups, sauces, etc.

                                                                      2. Depends on how many people I'm c***king for.

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                                                                        1. re: carolinadawg

                                                                          Well regardless of the number of people are you one that likes to have "just enough" or enough for days and days after?

                                                                        2. Sometimes when I need to satisfy a group my c**k will get huge. When it's just me and my girlfriend I try to keep things in check. Seriously though, when I'm cooking a major production for a party, holiday or special occasion I'll usually make enough so we can eat leftovers for the next 2 or 3 days. There really isn't much extra prep time involved in making the extra food and we make sure nothing goes to waste.

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                                                                          1. re: Coogles

                                                                            "Sometimes when I need to satisfy a group my c**k will get huge"

                                                                            That might be the best quote of the thread! Kudos!

                                                                          2. Depends. I cook only enough for myself for one meal, but if making a stew, for example, I will make enough for at least two meals.

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                                                                            1. re: mtlcowgirl

                                                                              A two serving stew? I can't picture such a thing. Is that like one carrot, one potato, a half pound of meat? The Hazan Bolognese sauce recipe I make is for two servings. I make 5x and freeze. Almost the same amount of work.

                                                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                                                Yeah but sometimes we can get tired eating the same thing for > 2 days. But agree, it takes about the same amount of work (and energy used in the cooking process) to make larger batches. Then again, not everyone has sufficient freezer capacity to store multiple batches of something.

                                                                                1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                  Those are the kinds of things that I prefer to have take up freezer space :)

                                                                            2. Oh, man, I thought you asking about how big our chickens were when we make Capons. Because I usually go for about seven, eight pounds.