Welcome to DC. Next month I will be going out to eat in a local Italian restaurant. It is for my birthday. It all depends on how my daughter is feeling. Then the next time will be Mother's Day. That's it. Only twice a year. That is fine with me. I too would rather cook at home. All my family is grown and have families of their own. So I still make their childhood favorites and send it over to their house. They often make requests. Deserts are their favorite.
DC is a great place to make friends and have fun. Every so often you will hear me roar with one big belly laugh. And it always comes at a time when I really need it. When you ask a question on food, you wil get a plethera of answers. This forum is really a people friendly place to be.