This is a sister to this thread.
What kinds of food do you make yourself that are usually bought?
For me, once I got good at making a vinegarette, I rarely use store-bought salad dressing. It’s not that it’s more convenient, it’s that it’s just so damn much better. I make a salad and open the fridge door to pull out the dressing. All of them seem sad and depressing. I think about salad; I think how salad will taste if I get off my ass and throw together a real vinegarette. I bitch at Mr. Athena about snooty tastebuds and get to work.
It’s even worse in the summer when I have fresh herbs.
I’m also getting goofy about mayonnaise. It’s the same as the salad dressing phenomena: I know that whatever I’m making will taste SO MUCH better with fresh mayo. Even non-cooks can tell. My devilled eggs are the toast of every gathering, and really the only non-standard thing I do is make homemade mayo.
I’m considering banishing store-bought cookies from the house as well in favor of homemade, but that hasn’t quite come to fruition for 2 reasons: I eat less of the store bought ones because I don’t like them much (Mr. Athena buys 'em, not me) and who wants to turn the oven on in the summer?