So, I propose batch item creation for most consumables. Instead of hauling up one flour and one egg to make one serving of cookies (my cookie-loving soul cringes at that), you haul up a bunch of ingredients at once to make a dozen cookies.

Here are some sample recipes:

- Red Color [8 red flowers/gels] Makes 5 units of color
- Green Color [8 green gels OR 4 yellow flowers, 4 blue flowers] Makes 5 units of color
- Fruit Pies [6 Flour, 3 Fruit] Makes 6 slices
- Cookies [3 Eggs, 3 Sugar, 6 Flour] Makes 12 cookies
- Roast [1 Raw Steak, 1 Raw Pork, 1 Raw Poultry] Makes 2 servings
- Ham and Eggs [6 Eggs, 1 Raw Pork] Makes 6 servings
- Mushroom Soup [6 Mushrooms, 3 Water/Milk] Makes 4 servings

In terms of automated production, if you ask to always have 5 cookies available then one townie will make 12 cookies and then everyone will make other stuff until the amount of cookies available goes below 5. While this will obviously require some balancing in terms of things like cook time and each food's fill value, I think ultimately it will make cooking and baking go a lot more smoothly on all fronts.