Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The reaction that customers give me when I tell them that we don't eat out.

"How is [this new] restaurant?  Do you know where it is at?"

"Because my husband has food allergies*, I don't get out much.  I'll ask a coworker for you."

:insert look of horror from the customer:


"I cook a lot."

Her mouth dropped.  I don't know why.  Do people not cook anymore?

"I cook things at home with items that I know are safe for him to eat.  I buy soy or rice cheese, different things like that."


I get this from people a lot.  Actually, I get it far more often that I ever would have imagined.  Here is my blog reaction:

1.  Some people do cook.  I have a crock-pot that allows me to cheat on Soccer Sunday and such.  It's wonderful.  Last week, I made Taco Soup.  It was very delicious and we enjoyed it very much.
2.  Some people like to cook.  Every now and then, I'll hit a clinker.  By and large, things generally work out.
3.  Some people have to cook.  I can regulate salt and spices that I know won't work for us.  I can make otherwise illegal foods such as pizza for Hubs, but only homemade.  Grant you, it does cost more for us to have homemade pizza, but I like homemade better.
4.  *I say "food allergies" not to misinform but because I don't feel like dragging through the whole thing of this makes him ill and that makes him ill.  It's easier, though inaccurate, to say food allergies.  Janeen, I feel you flogging me with a wet, gluten and dairy free noodle as I type.  I know.  I know.
5.  I know that this seems like a simple thing that people don't think about.  Not everyone can afford to eat out at those fancy restaurants that you talk about.  It's not that I wouldn't like to.  I would dearly love to.  I'm not going to dip into the savings account in order to go to a nice restaurant.  We just don't have that extra flow on hand.
6.  We like to eat healthy foods and we find them to be more readily available at the farm market that we visit.  Produce, hummus & chips, and other dinner fixins. Yum.  By going to a small mom and pop, we're helping to support the little guy.  The grocery that I go to is a local chain.  That way, I'm supporting local business.
7.  I pack K's lunch on most school days, Hubs and I always pack our lunches.  By cooking, it gives some of us leftovers for lunch the next day.  (Typically me.)

So yes, there are those of us who cook.  Don't worry.  My people and I won't starve.  We always have food in the cupboards.

Yes, we do eat out-- a couple of times a year.  That is generally a trip to Panera.  Those trips are rare.


Rach said...

We eat out far more than I ever did as a child. Eating out when I was a kid was such a luxury, or we were on vacation--and even then, we cooked in our hotel for the most part.

Today, eating out is viewed as a fundamental right, and no one thinks of it as being a special treat. Mostly it's viewed as a quick and easy thing when they don't feel like cooking or cleaning the kitchen. (At least for me, when I was working.)

I remember I used to get the oddest looks from my coworkers when as a 22 year old I was cooking--and cooking well. I was an anomaly. Apparently, cooking isn't something that is expected of our generation...

These days we cook and eating out is once more a luxury.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to you for cooking! I am inspired by you! I just recently became interested in cooking at home more often since the birth of my son 2 months ago! I've tried a couple of recipes and well it seems to be a slow process... but I'll keep trying nonetheless! Keep on cooking! :) P.S. Love the blog!

concretenprimroses said...

We dont eat out much either. For the most part I cook as well as anywhere I can afford to eat!
Back when we had a teenager we ate out once/week tho. I needed the break and relaxation. Probably was a bad example for her.

Bailey's Leaf said...

I don't think that eating out once a week was setting a bad example. Sometimes you have to do what you need to do. I just laugh at the reaction when I say that we don't really eat out.

Bailey's Leaf said...


I had a bad day. Your comment made me smile. :)

Keep trying different recipes. Lord knows that I've tried some things on Pinterest that have worked and some that haven't. Sometimes you have to tweak things to get them to work for your family. I've had my fair share of dinner flops, including inviting my whole family and Hubs' parents over for dinner and realizing that the chicken was raw when I went to serve it. Oops. It takes time. All will be well!

ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen) said...

I'm not flogging, I get it ;)

We hardly ever eat out. There's just nowhere that is safe for J. Of course Outback is safe, but not so safe on the budget. So we save that for special occasions.

If I'm really in dire straights due to improper planning or a kids activity took on a life of it's own, I pick up sandwiches at the Grocery and a gf pizza for J. But I did that the other night and it was almost $30. That is crazy to me!

I wish we could eat out more. It would really help during this crazy baseball season but we just can't. And we are probably better for it.