Living in a slightly out of the way location has reinforced the value of flexibility. Going shopping with a menu set in stone almost never works. We can hardly ever source everything we want, at the quality we need, at the time that we want it. So we improvise. It's a good thing everyone likes pasta. Some days we can go from store to store and not find what we need, on the other hand, some days we wander into a supermarket as they're butchering their steaks and hit the mother-load. They may not be prime but they are nicely marbled and cut to our specifications. Oh and they cost significantly less money than prime meat. We brought them home, seasoned them well and let them dry overnight. Then into the freezer for the next big steak night. It's all about building a pantry.