The Eating Out Demon

Enjoy Life, Eat Out More Often

Enjoy Life, Eat Out More Often

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.

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About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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