So you’ve developed a taste for dim sum, creole, locally grown produce.
We’re in a recession, baby. It’s time for DIY.
I weaned myself off restaurants by figuring out how to make the same things at home. Then I only went to restaurants that prepared things I couldn’t figure out. Then the recession hit and I started figuring out how to prepare things I couldn’t figure out before.
If you go to restaurant for a specific dish, ask the chef or cook for the recipe. If you city or town still has a newspaper, the food section probably has a column where you can write in for the recipe. You can also check out chowhound.com and other sites. Try typing in Korean recipes to see what I mean. Every fruit, meat and fish has an association that provides recipes and tips. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sponsors http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/.
Shed your pride. Local adult high schools and community college adult schools/extensions offer awesome, reasonably priced cooking classes.
Locally grown food? Try searching for community sponsored agriculture (CSA) programs in your area. Check out http://www.greenpeople.org/Community-Supported-Agriculture.html. You can join or start a buying club or food coop. You can buy shares of a farm’s crop. You can sign up for home delivery or pick up. Cheaper, fresher, better-for-you food.
You don’t have to starve. You don’t have to resort to canned, beat down food. Reintroduce yourself to your kitchen.