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Old 03-09-2015, 08:45 AM
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I've never eaten so well as now since I am totally retired. I have time to seriously garden 500 -700 sq feet a year. I can/preserve much of it. I LOVE to cook and have the time now. But sadly, old age has demanded I reduce my food intake by half ! Seriously, I eat half to 70% LESS than I ever did because I pack on the pounds otherwise.

I rarely go out to eat since it is near impossible for me as a strict vegetarian. And besides, I cook better than anything I've been served in local restaurants and I refuse to pay $50 for a really good meal - that's a week's groceries!
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:19 AM
Location: SW MO
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Food after retirement is pretty much the same as food before retirement but now we grow some of our own. We both enjoy cooking and the best of it is when we do it together. Sadly, my wife isn't always up to it but when she is she bakes from scratch and makes marvelous soups out of just about anything. I do the Asian cooking (Chinese, Japanese and Korean having lived in all those countries), we both do comfort foods and I'm quite a grill master.

Each year we plant a vegetable garden and herbs. This year, in addition to tomatoes, various peppers, haricot vert, peas and whatever else we take a fancy to we'll plant year-old asparagus starts so we can begin to harvest next year. I'm also considering artichokes just for fun.

When looking to buy our retirement house most of the offerings had Pullman type or other relatively small kitchens which are not conducive to shared cooking but the house we ultimately purchased has, for this area, a large, square kitchen and besides location, location, location, that was a major selling feature for us.
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:31 AM
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No matter how we get it or who makes it food is better now days because we have more time to experience it in.
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:59 AM
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Has your diet changed since retiring?
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Old 03-09-2015, 10:36 AM
Location: Greenville, SC
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Our pattern has not changed. Pre-retirement we rarely ate out, and we still don't. It is not good for our budget or our waist line. Also, we typically enjoy our own cooking more.
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Old 03-09-2015, 10:49 AM
Location: Forests of Maine
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We go to a restaurant once or twice a month.

Being active in a couple different groups, I go to potlucks 6 to 8 times a month.

Otherwise we eat at home.
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Old 03-09-2015, 01:41 PM
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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I find that I'm the one who does a lot more of the cooking since retirement...why not? Wife is retired too! But since moving to Maine I've got a whole deckful (enclosed in winter) of grills, propane camp stoves, a wood-fired brick oven, and a nice big griddle - who says washing out the grease in a frying pan is fun? So I'm the outdoor cook, burger-flipper, omelet-maker, wielder of the pizza peel, and love it, esp when the family comes out to visit us. This summer should be a food-fest, once the grandkids get out of school!

Wife still rules the indoor kitchen. I keep her supplied with garden veggies (from the freezer, now) and we both love all the poultry we raise. Talk about a chicken in every pot! The freezer is full of chickens!
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Old 03-09-2015, 02:08 PM
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How have your eating patterns changed since retiring? Are you staying home and cooking more fancy stuff, or staying at home and eating more simply, or eating out more?

I find to my surprise that while I've never been one for eating out, I'm cooking more simply now. More easy one-pot meals ........ more convenience foods too as I get lazier (if that's possible). I still do the organic brown rice with fresh veggies thing occasionally, but all too often I choose frozen pizza or the "hearty" type of canned soup, which are half chemicals. Commercial breakfast cereals instead of oatmeal some mornings. My favorite breakfast is still fried eggs on mayo'd toast though.
Depending on the time, our eating changes fairly dramatically.

I cooked fancy stuff when I was even just 5-6 years younger but ... vicchyssoise, eggplant parm (not for the week of heart or if you don't have stamina to stay on your feet), cioppino, porterhouse steak, and the list goes on. I don't want to pay that kind of dough anymore. I have a steak maybe once every several years, I don't make the other dishes anymore (including gazpacho) due to expense. Peanut butter and jelly with reasonable bread is there, I like Cascadian Farms mixed vegs. and that can be an easy dinner. My partner makes an organic cabbage, tomato-based soup (cheap) with organic beef (not so cheap). We met friends for lunch recently at a healthy place locally where I spent $10 + tip on a meal that last me two days. I'll eat oatmeal with cinnamon for lunch.

Organic popcorn serves as a light treat for our rats (no salt added), dog, and me . With the time change (I like eating earlier as my sleep is better) I got two medium pizzas to go (they were on special and are close to home. That will be three or four dinners for $12.

Times have changed.
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Old 03-09-2015, 02:45 PM
Location: in the miseries
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When it was snowing I cooked every day.

Roast beef, roast chicken gnocchi.

Thank God we're back to eating out.

Too many dishes to wash for two people.
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Old 03-09-2015, 04:52 PM
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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More nice tasty home cooked meals that we now have the time to make them!
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