I want to learn to cook things that I haven't eaten a lot of, which means that I need to find some good examples around town to get a better sense of what I should be emulating. I'm not looking for the best (budget restrictions apply), but merely the respectable. The kind of thing that you think of when you think of what's typical.
Polenta: I've had some and I want more. It seems like restaurants always serve polenta as a cake, but I want it creamy. Do I have to go to cucina fancypants for that?
Risotto: There are two things I'm trying to figure out--the texture of the kernels and the viscous creaminess of their goo. Are there other places than trattoria moneybags to get a decent bowl of risotto?
Eggs: I've recently realized that everything I thought I new about eggs was wrong. I want to taste a real french omelette with the skin and scrambled insides (though I'll take a poached or fried egg on top of most anything too). Do I need to be richie rich to afford such an egg?
Thanks for contributing to my education.