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Two Summer Menus to Make for Two (or Just for You, with Leftovers)

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When my brother left for college, my parents found themselves alone for the first time in over twenty years, their at-home gang suddenly reduced from four to two. They are excellent empty-nesters and have embarked on a great number of projects together, including, but not limited to, a series of bread-baking classes. Books on baking bread in a home oven have begun to bend the shelves of their cookbook collection—and have been joined by another, slimmer, and well-thumbed volume: The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook

Cooking for two has its pluses. There's an intimacy you don't get when you're cooking for and eating with a crowd. You have some freedom to cook exactly what you want, and fewer meals to squeeze into your budget. Meals for two can be simple, decadent in quality, and even a little sexy. And if there's only one of you—well, lucky you. You get to do it all again tomorrow.


Dinner for two? Here's what to make:

If you have about two hours to devote to meal prep:

Round it all out with a glass of wine. Pick something that will pair well with the smokiness of the clams.


Smoky Clams for Two Romaine and Avocado Salad Peach Galette

If you have one hour or less to make dinner:

Serve the figs piled onto slices of crusty bread—and use any leftover bread for Alice Medrich's Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches.

Baked Figs with Balsamic and FetaRoasted Onion Salad with Arugula and Walnut Salsa Vesper Martini

Photos by Mark Weinberg, Phyllis Grant, James Ransom

Tags: menu ideas, cooking for two