HOME ALONE DINNERS: What to Eat When It’s Just You

October 1, 2013

in Celebrate with Homeware

I know what this woman is thinking. I’ve been there. I even have an emerald chiffon dress. I don’t have the Pryce chair. Yet. She’s thinking, “I am home alone.” If she’s like me, she loves big family dinners, as well as pot-au-feu for two. But it’s a rare treat to have the house entirely to yourself. What next? Quiet meditation? A hot soak in the tub? Guilty-pleasure chick flicks? Perhaps. A no-rules menu? Absolutely. No witnesses. No mandates. It’s all good (but not necessarily healthy).

Here’s what I’m considering for my home alone dining experience…

 

#1 CEREAL

Cereal for dinner is not depressing. It’s freeing. After all, even Cheerios is a happy name. Home alone, I like to dress up my grains with berries and nuts and well-chilled coconut milk all-together in a pretty bowl. Need inspiration?

  #2 GRILLED CHEESE + TOMATO SOUP

May I introduce you to two of my favorite brands?  Not Chanel. Not Hermès. Not even Homeware. They’re Campbell’s and Velveeta, my comfort-food brands of choice. While grilled cheese and tomato soup (from a can) should not be an everyday occurrence, it’s a perfect private pleasure.

 #3 JUST DESSERTS

Do you tend to save the best for last? This can result in what I call dessert deficiency. While it may be an admirable healthy-eating strategy, everyone deserves a little bit of sugar. So, if it’s just you tonight, cut to the chase and start with dessert.

#4 MAKE RESERVATIONS

Finally, if you crave community, home alone is no place to be. In this case, the thing to make is reservations. I love Suzanne Lenzer’s recount of a solo dinner she shared with Virginia Woolf in 1989. If you’re scratching your head, yes, Virginia, the article recounts a young woman’s dinner with a great novel as her companion. Mrs. Woolf died in the early 1940s. The denouement: eating out alone is a treat!

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