Oh, I know that feeling well. I'm lucking in that my grocery store is close to home and on my commute route to work. I find that its useful to me to 'shop european' some times, and buy ingredients for dinner on the way home. The more I cook the less I'm doing this, but when I cooked rarely and planned to cook even more rarely, and didn't have many useful ingredients at home, picking up what I needed on the way home was a big help.
Also, learning substitutions is good too! Most of the time now I have staples to make a decent meal with. If I'm following a recipe and find I'm lacking an ingredient or two, rather than despair and not bother, I substitute what I can and make the recipe my own.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...it's learning to dance in the rain.
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