Q: After cooking for a family for many years, I find myself cooking for one. Reducing recipes from eight servings to two is simple math, but Iím always unsure about oven temperature and/or length of cooking time. Is there a rule of thumb?
ó Mary Nicolls, Columbus, Ohio

A: When reducing the size of a recipe, the oven temperature remains the same.

Cooking time will vary depending on what you are making and a variety of other factors, including thickness of the dish and oven quality.

Most smaller versions wonít take that much less time to bake than their original size.

My advice is to start checking for doneness at the half-time mark, but donít be surprised if the dish takes three-quarters of the time of the original or even just a few minutes less than the original.

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