I Just Can’t Figure It Out

It has been at least 50 years since I cooked only for myself….I have forgotten how. I have never been one to follow a recipe because it never turns out right if I do. Sometimes I have started with a recipe and added and took away something. But my best dishes have always been made by just adding in the ingredients I wanted and the amounts of them I thought would make the food look and taste good.

I cooked large meals because we had our children and the foster children. Those teenage boys can put away a lot of food. Then after we stopped fostering and our children all became adults and left to make their own lives I still cooked in large quantities since my Shug had to eat several times a day because of his sugar level. I cooked and froze food so it would be easy to prepare in a short period of time.

I have never been one to follow a recipe because it never turns out right if I do. Sometimes I have started with a recipe and added or took away some ingredients, but my best dishes have always been made by just adding in the ingredients I wanted and the amounts of them I thought would make the food look and taste good.

Now that I am only feeding myself I can’t seem to figure out how to get things to taste right by cooking in smaller quantities. I am too accustomed to putting in a dab of this and a dab of that and I just can’t get those dabs right by cooking smaller amounts.

I can do a good job cooking a small pot of beans and making a pan of cornbread, but I don’t want to eat cornbread and beans all the time. :) I have tried making stew and soups that I have made for years but in small quantities they have a lot to be desired.

I need to know how to cook, tasty, healthy meals for just one and any suggestions would be welcome. I could really use some help on this.