I am a natural cook, seems hard for me to mess much up...doesn't always look like a BH&G photo but is usually yummy. I think it is in my genes from my grandmother. She cooked for the late FDR in Hyde Park, NY. She was a outstanding baker she did those 5 tier wedding cakes! I cannot bake like that at all. I miss her greatly, she left us in 1979. As long as I'm cooking, she is with me.