What is even more fun is helping them in deciding just what and how to cook something! It is like a great adventure of cooking! What were you thinking of doing? What can you do with what we do have on the counter? Then best of all....the feed back - that what we did deicide on turned out simply amazing and they are excited to do it again!
So my feeling is if we don't have what you are looking for it is a sign! A sign that you too can learn to be flexible - for as the saying goes..."Blessed is he who is flexible - for he shall not break" !