I read a suggestion about making great lasagna that said "don't get grocery store ricotta. Get ricotta imported from Italy."
That kind of thing is getting harder and harder to do where I live. Our Schnuck's stores here in the Memphis area got bought out by Kroger so now Kroger is pretty much the only grocery store in town.
Since the economic downturn, we've lost a lot of specialty stores like cheese shops and bakeries. No Trader Joe's here. There's a small chain of produce stores but the quality there is pretty spotty. We do have Whole Foods and Costco, at least.
Obviously, in this day and age, if you're willing to pay, you can have pretty much anything delivered so I guess it's really a combination of low availability and high cost in many cases.
So whether the issue lack of availability or lack of funds, how do you cope with not having the quality ingredients you'd like to have?