The Wife, when she was single, developed a very elegant formula for menu planning: one food per person. Figuring that the effort put forth cooking a meal should be roughly proportional to the number of diners, if you are having a big dinner party you would really blow out the stops, but if it was just two people sitting down to a regular dinner, why bother. And if you were dining alone . . .
The math is simple. Dinner for a family of four: four foods required. Maybe baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and rolls. Just two people? Macaroni and cheese with a can of fruit on the side. Dining alone? One food will do. Being single at the time meant many meals alone, so The (Future) Wife frequently dined on a bowl of cereal. Or, corn. By itself, nothing else. Just a big plate of corn (from a big frozen bag). Or, a half gallon of ice cream.
I do all the cooking for the family now.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Posted at 10:15 PM