I started cooking when I was 18 and I had left home for college. All six foot 120lbs of me went to college and on Christmas break I had lost 5lbs bc all I could cook was campbells soup. The first thing I asked my mama to teach me was cubed steak and gravy. She said "NO, the gravy would be too complicated for you". I watched her make it and 2 weeks later duplicated it without error. It was on the table when she got home from shopping. I realized then, cooking is like chemistry, sometimes it blows up :) Sometimes I get to eat it(then I blow up). Wow my cooking has come along way since then. My fav things to cook are CAJUN and BBQ. My Italian is really good now days as well. Chinese has improved greatly. I think next I'll tackle something more exotic.