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Three Days of Toni Lydecker—Serves One

Why is there such a stigma associated with eating alone? 

Eating with friends is highly valued in our society—rightfully so—but that doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with going solo.  Whether you live alone or just eat alone from time to time, cooking for one can be the ultimate relaxation.

And the ultimate indulgence.  Think of it as the culinary equivalent of a pedicure.  Because hey, you're worth it.  Plus, you're made of food, so why not eat the best?

Another plus is when you’re cooking for only yourself there are no restrictions.  Add a little bit of cayenne if you love spice, or boycott olives if they’re on your hit list. 

Cooking for one means that you can cook exactly what you want, exactly the way you want.  And, since no one’s watching, why not put your feet up on the coffee table while you eat? 

Take out is easy, sure, but it’s also expensive and often unhealthy.  Plus, the experience of cooking can be stress-relieving and—dare we say it—fun. 

In Serves One Toni Lydecker shows you how to cook a flavorful, healthy meal for one without breaking the bank or the bathroom scale. 

Next time you get home from work frazzled and tired don’t pick up the Chinese menu.   Pamper yourself, and in only a few minutes you’ll be sitting down to a steaming plate of homemade goodness.  With a glass of vino, of course. 

Grilled Lamb Chops and Greek Salad

Fettuccine with Smoked Salmon and Peas


by Catherine Lamb, intern, student, food-obsessor.  Check out her blog at

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