What is this site all about
If you are a single parent trying to figure out how to cook for your kids, yourself and the occasional guest then step into my kitchen with me. I have been working hard to use my kitchen skills to understand cooking as a single parent.
This site is designed for a few different people, but mainly it is a way for me to offer the little bit I know to other single parents (specifically dads, but moms are more than welcome). I have two fantastic kids, more pets than make sense, and a long and extensive restaurant history. I know food and I try my hardest to be a good parent. I understand that cooking as a parent sharing custody has its own distinct challenges with trying to figure out great single parent cooking ideas. Sometimes we have to cook for several mouths (often with very distinct opinions about what will go in said mouths), sometimes we are only cooking for ourselves, and sometimes we want to cook that special meal for that special someone. I hope to be able to help with all of that and to share my challenges with being a single dad along the way.
As this page and my blog develop you can expect a number of things to start to show up.
Recipes for cooking as a single parent
I imagine many of you will be stopping by looking for recipe ideas. I will be adding these over the next few weeks. The recipes will be divided into several categories.
Food kids will eat:
We all know that what our kids are going to eat is not always what we want to eat (okay I know there are a number of you out there that go by the “my kid eats what I eat” philosophy and I respect that and work towards that myself, but there are days when I want to eat and I want my children to eat and I want us all to be happy at the same time so…:-). This group of recipes will focus on either easy to prepare, fun to cook together, or ways for your kids to explore and develop their own kitchen skills (while keeping their fingers attached).
Food just for you:
If you are like me then you don’t get to spend every day with your kids (both a blessing and a curse) and we have to change how we cook from day to day. Cooking for two or three or four is different than cooking for one. This second group of recipes will address those concerns and will offer ways that you can eat well, but not throw a ton of stuff out.
Food to impress:
Finally we all hope to dine with another adult at least occasionally and when we do it is always nice if we can put something on the plate that makes us look like pros. This collection of recipes will center on cooking for someone that we want to impress and will range from super simple and may get a bit complicated for those of you that want to give it a shot.
Kitchen tips, tricks and tools
I will also try to consistently offer blog posts and web pages that offer suggestions to make your life in your kitchen easier, from tips on keeping things clean as you go to ways to plan and shop. I will also occasionally review cook books, kitchen equipment and other things of note that you may or may not find useful. In the interest of full disclosure when I recommend something I will usually include a link for you to purchase that item from a reputable website and if you do I may get a small commission. However, I have no interest in convincing you to buy something that you don’t need or worse something that is not valuable. Feel free to push back if you ever question my reviews and tell me why you think I am wrong (I am certainly occasionally wrong).
Other stuff about being single and a parent
I will also occasionally write about and share things that have nothing to do with being in the kitchen, but instead deal with being a dad, a parent, and/or single. These each bring challenges to our lives and if in sharing my thoughts I can alleviate some stress from someone else (or from myself), then great, though at the very least I hope I can share some stories that you will enjoy reading.
Over all I hope you enjoy the site and that you will engage with me by commenting and sharing your own stories.
A side note: I know that many of you may not be on the best terms with the other parent, but this site is not where you should share that. I am not interested in fostering a place where bashing the parent of our children is acceptable. The challenges inherent in co-parenting are more than welcome, but please let’s be sure to keep it positive, if only for the sake of our kids. Thanks!