When my daughters lived at home and the nest was full, I used big pots and huge pans for meal preparation. Now that the nest is empty, I get a kick out of making meals on a far smaller scale, usually for my husband and myself. Sometimes even just for myself or just my husband if one or the other of us is out of town.
I recently had the opportunity to review the absolute perfect cookbook for making meals for one — or two. 250 Best Meals in a Mug: Delicious Homemade Microwave Meals in Minutes by Camilla V. Saulsbury is chock-full of, just as the title says, delicious meals... that take mere minutes to make... in the microwave... in a mug.