My mother did not like to cook. That didn't stop her from feeding us perfectly healthy, home cooked meals, and I still use some of her recipes, like her unparalleled mac and cheese, Chicken Divan, and Girl Scout Stew. She didn't experiment and rarely made recipes her own. In college, sharing my first apartment with a roommate who really knew how to cook, I started learning how to experiment.
One of the first things I discovered was that Worcestershire sauce is one of my personal heroes in the kitchen.