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Did your Ex get the kitchen?

You're not alone. In every divorce someone gets to keep the china and the pots and pans and the potato peeler while the other person gets the broken everyday dishes...if they are lucky.

Of course, the person who kept the kitchen stuff, probably kept the kitchen too, and that's probably left you with a very empty kitchen in a temporary apartment.

Believe it or not, this is an opportunity. It's an opportunity to finally get the Henkle carving knife you've always wanted. It's an opportunity to get mugs that actually fit your hand. It's an opportunity to buy a decent coffee maker and, oh, yeah, it's an opportunity to finally eat what you like and only what you like.

Cooking 101

Getting Started - Stocking the Pantry
Stocking your pantry is the first step to feeding yourself.....

Getting Started - Tools of the Trade
One of the coolest things about cooking is the wide variety of gadgets.   When you're setting up your kitchen you'll learn that ...

Reducing Standard Measurements
Reducing recipes is pretty easy once the math's done. It's just that the math isn't exactly standard...

Learning About Spices
Spices are what separate an average cook from a great cook. ...

Feasts & Treats

  • Classic Hamburger
  • Lemon Dill Salmon
  • Nine Layer Dip
  • Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal
  • Strawberries & Cream

    Family Life

  • Modern Urban Reality: The Importance of Belonging to a Community
        This April, the Room Nine Community School in Shoreline, WA lost a parent. He didn't gradually stop coming to PTSA meetings or claim he was too busy at work...
  • Comfort Food

  • Small Batch Baking
  • Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
  • Fast and Mild Chili Bean Soup
  • Hot Spiced Apple Cider


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    Bowl of Peppers

    Date Night

    Faking Your Way Through The Wine List
    Girls go crazy for guys that know wine. If you know diddily about grape juice here is a quick guide to faking it, and ordering a bottle to impress...

    Hot and Spicy: A Dinner Date Featuring Yoga and Indian Food
    Nothing makes an evening more awkward than poor planning, so an easy way to break back into dating is through a themed date. ...


    The Slow Cooker Advantage: Dinner's Ready When You Get Home
    Nothing much beats opening the door on a cold blustery evening and smelling that dinner is ready. It's one of the things single people often miss simply because there's no one else to do the cooking. ...


    Cooking for Two: 120 Recipes for Every Day and Those Special Nights   The absolutely best thing about this book is that the recipes look like old friends.

    Cooking For Yourself

    Single cooks often struggle to cook for themselves because it seems like too much work to cook for one person. But really, why is cooking for one person any more work than cooking for two or cooking for an entire family?

    It takes the same amount of time to prepare any meal, and in some cases it takes much less time to cook for yourself instead of a crowd. The difference of course, is psychological. After a divorce or even with a simple empty nest, there's no one else to appreciate the cook's efforts. There are two ways to change this.

    The first is to pamper yourself with meals that you truly enjoy. Cook comfort food like a big batch of chili or a pan of lasagna. Make a monthly date with yourself and try something extravagant or new, or something you love, but your ex wouldn't have in the house. (My ex, whose heritage is Greek, loved kimchee, which I can't stand. Guess what he indulged in when I left?)

    The second is to get out and find someone else to cook for occasionally. If you're not ready to date, there are still a lot of ways to create community gatherings around food. Invite friends over for a Friday evening party after work. Volunteer through your church to make meals for shut in elders. Invite co-workers and friends to a soup swap or potluck.

    The list goes on, but the main thing is to start cooking. It's one of the best ways to begin healing after any major life transition, especially divorce.




    Featured Recipe:

    Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal
    This is perfect fall breakfast fare... Warm spicy apples and hot oatmeal make a great sendoff on a crisp fall morning.