I am not improving my cooking skills. I am ordering out.

I just talked to friends in Montana who were making homemade hamburger buns for the elk burgers planned for dinner. Of course they shot the elk.

Another friends was taking homemade lasagna out of the oven.

I haven’t cooked in a week. Instead, I’ve ordered dinner from Alamexo—amazing food, great curbside pick-up service and hours put into making those complicated Mexican sauces that I don’t have.

Because I don’t have a lot of spare time while social distancing. I’m still working a full-time job. Just because I have a stove downstairs doesn’t mean I have time to proof break or keep a sauce from curdling.

I have also ordered from Himalayan Kitchen, another cuisine I’ve had fun trying to make but which involves a lot of kitchen work I don’t have time for. Momos? Chicken chili? Tamarind and mango chutneys?

We’ve picked up from Pizzeria Limone—hey I don’t have a pizza stone. And Veneto—pasta with zucchini and scallions sound easy, but not really. And we felt like a touch of Italian elegance.

OF course we ordered dinner from Mazza, where I eat nearly once a week during normal times. But we branched out and tried things on the menu I’d never had before. An adventure into the familiar.

I’m happy to rely on others’ expertise during this time—my dinner bills are less than they would be, because I’m drinking my own wine and cocktails. My dinners are varied and fantastic and—this being Utah—there is almost always enough for lunch the next day.

My job is just as busy (for now) as ever. I don’t suddenly have all this extra time to cook.

Plus, I want these restaurants to stay in business. When Covid 19 is a memory, I don’t want Alamexo, Himalayan Kitchen, Mazza, Veneto, Pizzeria Limone and other favorites to be a memory, too.

The Salt Lake foodservice community is one of the hardest hit by this virus—these are our friends. Help them out. Go to saltlakemagazine.com and look in the Eat & Drink section for a list of what restaurants are serving and then make a phone call.





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Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Maloufhttps://www.saltlakemagazine.com/
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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