One of my favorite tools when cooking for two is a counter-top convenction oven. It heats uup quickly without heating the whole kitchen and is just the right size to cook small meals. It also means cooking in and therefore later having to wash smaller dishes, which is a definite plus for someone like me who hates to wash dishes, especially pots and pans.
Most convection ovens come with two or three small pans designed to be used with them. But for someone who uses the oven frequently, additional pans are a necessity. I’ve found that 9×9 baking dishes and 9-inch metal pie pans (not the cheap disposable ones) are a perfect fit . I use the baking dishes to make oven fried chicken or stuffed tomatoes, and the pie pans are great for re-heating pizza or bread, and for roasting vegetables.
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