My Mom was a great cook and always instructed us on what to do or make. When I moved out and was living on my own, I would call and ask her questions on recipes. I guess she thought I had more on the ball than I did. My famous mistakes were not boiling the lasagna noodles before making lasagna, and not cooking the dried kidney beans( called Ma and she said to soak them over night, said later that she thought I would just know to cook them before adding to Chili!!) Anyway I will never forget the sound as my new boyfriend ate the chili and dropped every single bean into a metal ashtray! But he did say it was good apart from the beans! I am a much better cook now but there are still disasters like the Chicken (paprika) cayenne disaster!!