My friend--I mean "my friend"--has zero cooking skills. She's also a longtime lurker. She's determined in 2008 to learn to make that one mythic dish, the one great mainstay or even blow-your-minder that will allow her to pass as human and even superhuman at dinner parties, pot lucks, kitcheny conversations, etc.
She's careless is her problem. And she tends to lose the whole plot of cooking. Really, like she looks at a pepper and a recipe and just thinks: Why cut this up and mix it with stuff and heat up the stove? I'll just eat it here. Whoops.
She also messes up measurements, always and gets baking-soda-forgetting performance anxiety and puts stuff in the oven and forgets about it.
Strengths: technophilic, passably competent, adventurous, hospitable, ravenous.
If anyone has a solution, or even takes this poll seriously, I will--SHE will--be eternally grateful, and will try to make the sock-o spread for you once she has it down, in 2010.