Posting this in two forums so I can get advice from older ladies as well... I originally posted this in the Iron Chef forum in a response you see below... My wife was/is in the same boat. Unfortunately her Mom does not know either and is not interested in teaching her daughter anything (this creates other problems as well but that is for another thread). She is quite intimidated by other women who do know how to do these things and feels quite inadequate around them which creates a lot of tension. Any advice from the ladies on how to help?