There's such a thing as "no risk, no reward," in our everyday lives that's become quite real. I probably go grocery shopping once or twice a month to reduce the need to go out as much as I can. I've tried the grocery box thing and to be quite honest, it wasn't as rewarding for me. (Not to mention, I hate that the recipes only give you exactly what you need, no more or less. Food should be about bounty.)
Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting a friend's remote ranch in Yucca Valley, California. I was pleasantly shocked at how most things, for those out there, hadn't really changed much during quarantine. Aside from the neighborhood oasis, Pappy & Harriets club in Joshua Tree - doing take out and a modified restaurant setup - most of the locals have been doing their own cooking from top to bottom. The key for living the new normal for most of them – apparently, is buying directly from farm collectives, sharing sourdough starter, and making bagels.