When dining out or ordering in, I rarely order the same dish every time. There’s a whole menu to enjoy, and I consider myself a flavour explorer. But, when trying a new establishment, I’ll often get something I’ve had many times, at other, similar establishments. I call these “benchmark dishes,” and they’re very important.
You just picked up some delicious takeout, but you can’t dig in quite yet. Maybe you have to walk the dog, shoot off a quick email, or wait for someone else to get home. You can stick the takeout in your microwave and close the door so it stays warm and tastes freshly cooked.