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Old 04-21-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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As your cooking skills improved did you change your dining-out pattern?

Used to be the day I was more than happy to drop a paring knife and hop in the car to --- didn't care where, just so long as I was eating another person's cooking. I've found that as my skill level and bravery to try more complex dishes has grown my restaurant options are decreasing.

I don't consider myself a food snob. BUT I am cheap! I really hate to part with money for food that I could make better had I cooked at home.

How do you all feel? Would you rather do the work and have something you think is better tasting? Or do you just want to get away from cooking and are OK with average?

Me personally, I'd rather go less frequently and get a much nicer meal most of the time.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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When I was working 12 hour night shifts, I wanted my first day off to be a day off and go out for dinner, the rest of the nights I was happy to cook. Now I have 8 hour shifts 4 days a week...I do all my cooking on the weekend so I have more free time on those days I work.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:08 PM   #3
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I don't go to restaurants anymore. I tend to watch TV, commercials of things that look good, cooking shows, and DC. Then, I wait for inspiration and try something new.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:11 PM   #4
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To answer your title, no. I've always tried to balance eating out with cooking. I just cook more of a variety now that I have more experience in the kitchen. No longer am I grilling a steak 3x/week... gee, I kind of miss those days
I do look at eating out as a treat now. Especially since I've taken up my hermit ways. I'd just as soon stay home and cook.

Discalimer: My cooking sometimes consists of a two hot dogs in the microwave for 60 seconds, but it beats going out and buying those same hot dogs
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:16 PM   #5
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To answer your title, no. I've always tried to balance eating out with cooking. I just cook more of a variety now that I have more experience in the kitchen. No longer am I grilling a steak 3x/week... gee, I kind of miss those days
I do look at eating out as a treat now. Especially since I've taken up my hermit ways. I'd just as soon stay home and cook.

Discalimer: My cooking sometimes consists of a two hot dogs in the microwave for 60 seconds, but it beats going out and buying those same hot dogs
Don't tell anyone, but sometimes I hit the frozen food aisle and buy mozz sticks, meatballs, wings, bagel bites, etc. Turn on the oven, bake and we sit and snack on all that for dinner, topped off with a German Chocolate Cake or some such...
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:17 PM   #6
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I don't mind spending money on good food and drink.

What I hate is spending large sums of money in pretentious hot spots.

I look forward to eating in a couple of well established places when I travel. The planning and research that goes into finding them is half the fun. They might be expensive old restaurants or lobster shacks covered in seagull poop it doesn't matter. The tradition and the commitment to quality is what impresses me.

The rest of the time I cook at home and enjoy it!
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:52 PM   #7
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Don't tell anyone, but sometimes I hit the frozen food aisle and buy mozz sticks, meatballs, wings, bagel bites, etc. Turn on the oven, bake and we sit and snack on all that for dinner, topped off with a German Chocolate Cake or some such...
I am so wanting some German chocolate cake right now
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:58 PM   #8
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I am so wanting some German chocolate cake right now
I had some carrot cake Friday that was to die for...I had to keep checking it to make sure it wasn't poisoned, too dry, actually any excuse...
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:13 PM   #9
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We hardly ever go out any more. Hubby is always disappointed, and would rather have my cooking. If I really want to go out we do, but we try to have something that I don't usually make at home. My birthday is one time that we do actually go out.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:16 PM   #10
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My cooking skills have improved with time and practice. Otherwise I should probably shoot myself. But my income has also dropped.

I enjoy both. There are times when I feel like cooking and make an effort to do something new or extra. There are times when I just put a meal on the table because we have to eat.

I enjoy restaurants but not as much as I used to. I sometimes enjoy a special restaurant that offers foods I wouldn't normally cook at home. I don't go to places or order dishes I make and enjoy at home. I see eating out as an opportunity to have something different I also like to do take-out or visit local spots at lunch for something they make that I especially enjoy such as the little deli in the center of town that makes the perfect Italian sub.
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