Do Not Attempt
We've all been there. Neck deep in a complicated recipe when we come to a moment of clarity: Why didn't I just go and buy this from my favorite restaurant or bakery? People often learn the hard way that there's an economic advantage to buying these hankered-for dishes — ones that require costly, quality ingredients coupled with a more-than-usual amount of time and effort in the kitchen — from professionals who get it right every time. We spoke to food experts and learned that sometimes, you need to take off your chef toque and apron, make a reservation, and let people in the know make the magic happen while you relax.