Category Archives: Cooking/Baking Downsized

COOK-OUT IDEAS FOR SMALL CROWDS

A collection of Cook-out Ideas and recipes for small crowds. Perfect for this 4th of JulyCook-out ideas for small crowds. 

Another summer holiday is upon us and with so many people trying to avoid large crowds, our 4th of July celebrations will look different.I am sharing some cook-out ideas for small crowds.  

My husband and I are empty nesters, so I have learned to scale down my recipes frequently.  Continue reading COOK-OUT IDEAS FOR SMALL CROWDS

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MINI CITRUS BUNDT CAKE WITH LEMON CURD & RASPBERRY SAUCE

Mini Citrus Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberry Sauce is a perfect small dessert with lots of big flavor.Mini Citrus Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberry Sauce is a perfect small dessert with lots of big flavor. 

Mini Citrus Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberry Sauce is a perfect small dessert with lots of big flavor.

This Mini Citrus Bundt Cake is a moist and tender bundt cake, that was baked in a 6-inch mini bundt cake pan. It has a citrus vanilla flavor obtained from  using an extract called Fiori Di Sicilia, and is served with a homemade lemon curd and raspberry sauce. Continue reading MINI CITRUS BUNDT CAKE WITH LEMON CURD & RASPBERRY SAUCE

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SPICY CHICKEN ENCHILADA SOUP- COOKING FOR 2

 This Spicy Chicken Enchilada Soup is not for the weak at heart when it comes to heat. 

A spicy chicken enchilada soup created for 2. Perfect for the winter weather.

Since January is National Soup month,  and it has been cold here in WV this week, I decided to do this Spicy Chicken Enchilada Soup. 

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EMPTY NESTERS THANKSGIVING IDEAS

Thanksgiving dinner can be a  very difficult time for empty nesters. 

I would like to share some ideas for a Thanksgiving dinner for empty nesters. My husband and I have a blended family consisting of 8 children, their spouses/fiances, and 13 grandchildren.  The first 10 years of our marriage, 7 of the 8 children lived with us so every meal was a feast and Thanksgiving always involved days of baking and cooking.  They are now grown and have their own homes so we are  rarely able to all be together for Thanksgiving. 

The Thanksgiving dinner should still feel like a special meal of the year.  My husband is a hunter and Thanksgiving week is the highlight of hunting time in WV.  He hunts until around mid-morning and then comes in for a few hours.

Thanksgiving ideas for empty nesters.I try to make it special by using fresh flowers, candles, and linen napkins.  The foods do look a little strange to me served in such small dishes, but if you fix your plates and carry them to the table, it will feel like you are not missing a thing.  (It is a bit more quiet though than with the family here)    Continue reading EMPTY NESTERS THANKSGIVING IDEAS

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PASTA SALAD FOR 2- – DOWNSIZED COOKING RECIPE

Pasta Salad for 2 is a downsized recipe that is not cut in flavor.

Pasta Salad packed with high protein foods, delicious and good for you.

It is so cold and snowy here in WV that I could eat a warm bowl of homemade soup every day.  For the past 2 weeks my husband has been asking me to make a pasta salad.  I usually fixed this in the summer or when I need to take something to a covered dish event to feed a large crowd.  My original recipe serves about  10 people.   

To please my husband, I made this for my downsized recipe this week.

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