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In his piece in the New York Times about having an almost empty nest, Michael Winerip writes about his discovering his cooking habits have changed drastically since his twin sons have left for college, leaving him only responsible for his wife and 14-year-old daughter. Instead of his daily $50 trips to the market, he now spends only $20 a few times a week.

"I can't get used to cooking for just three — I make too much pasta, too many chicken breasts," he writes. "We've gone from using up a loaf of sandwich bread in two days to trying to figure how much of the loaf to freeze so it won't spoil."

Along these same lines, Michael Byrnes, a columnist from Ontario Canada's The Daily Press newspaper devoted his entire column to complaining about how difficult it is to shop for only two people. He says the only available jar of sauerkraut in his local market was so large he "might even have to leave it to somebody in [his] will."

Have you altered your shopping habits since you've downsized your crew? If you've got any tips on how to cook for two instead of a whole family, share them with us!

Posted: 9/19/08

I've found this fall with my only child in college for her first year it's just a new way of cooking. I still prepare the same amount but try to freeze the extras. This helps a lot when I am pressed for time to get dinner on the table. One of the best tips I had was when I make some sort of sauce to freeze it in an ice tray and then move it to a freezer bag for individual portions. Works fantastic!

  • By coleman
  • on 9/29/08 11:30 AM EST

I find it hard to cook for one, so I don't usually bother.

  • By bstarr
  • on 9/26/08 7:27 PM EST