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  •  The basic utensils you need don't cost $100. (1+ / 0-)
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    Go to Goodwill, garage sales, craigslist and especially freecycle, if freecycle exists in your town. You should be able to outfit yourself for $15 or $20. At garage sales, pots and pans and cooking utensils are just one step up from clothes in terms of how poorly they sell, so they're usually dirt cheap.

    It's rough cooking for one. Mostly a matter of willpower. With two or more you at least have some appreciation coming back at you when you serve the meal. Not to mention someone else to do the dishes.

    But there's a lot out there that's easy to cook once and reheat through the week.

    After you've got your basic pots and pans, look for a slow cooker. I've seen them for free many times, and for cheap ($30 or less) all the time. They rearrange your cooking schedule, and that can be annoying, but they also cook for you while you're at work, and make you great leftover dishes.

    And search the food blogs out there for the people teaching, or teaching themselves, the basics. You'll get some great recipes that way, too. There are also plenty of food-for-one type bloggers out there - it's not an uncommon problem these days.

    Cry, the beloved country, these things are not yet at an end.

    by rcbowman on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 04:30:39 PM PST

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