Weekend Cook and Tell: Cooking For One

Welcome to our Weekend Cook and Tell where each Wednesday we turn the pages of the food sections of various national newspapers in search of inspiration for a weekend cooking project. We hope you'll cook along with us and share your experiences, recipes, and photos here.

Cooking for one possesses it's own individuality. Cook too much, and you will be the lucky recipient of the same meal for two weeks. However, it also creates freedom. Make exactly what you want, eat it when you want, and experiment without fear of ruining someone else's meal. Recently, there was even a Talk thread that covered what Serious Eaters would eat when their significant other was out of town. Which brings us back to cooking for one.

Joe Yonan, of The Washington Post, likes to think positively when it comes to cooking for yourself. He paraphrases, "cook like nobody's watching." Yonan goes on to identify the unique situation of single chefs. After a day of cooking for others, it can be a "formidable" task to find inspiration or energy to shop and cook for themselves. I think many of us can identify with finding energy at times. That being said, what are your favorite dishes to cook for one? Whether you be single or your significant other (or kiddos) are away, what's the dish that you save for yourself?

Share your favorite food-for-one recipes on Photograzing (make sure to include "Weekend Cook and Tell" in your submission title) and tell us about your recipes here! If you'd like to blog the experience, please leave a link in the comments below. You can now also pin your creation on your Pinterest board as well. Please use the hashtag, #cookandtell, and tag us, @Serious Eats in your pin's text.

We'll post a round-up of your ideas, recipes, and experiences the following Wednesday, January 23rd.


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