I’ve been saying this phrase lately. As far as I remember, I made it up.
It comes in several versions. For home cooking:
Even when it doesn’t taste as good, it tastes better when you cook it yourself.
Even when it doesn’t taste as good, it tastes better when you grew it yourself.
I don’t own a pet today, but grew up with dogs, cats, fish, birds, lizards, snakes, and other pets:
Even when it’s not as cute, it’s cuter when you take care of it yourself.
not that cuteness is a pet’s only property. I could substitute training, loyalty, etc.
I’m not a parent, but some equivalent must apply to children. I welcome parents suggesting refinements:
Even when they don’t make you feel as proud, you feel more proud when you raise them yourself.
Here’s a cherry tomato I grew in my apartment and tasted as sweet as any could.
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