Step 1. Choose a recipe (Stone Soup from My First Cookbook by Paula Deen)Step 2. Make a list and go shopping. Insist that you absolutely need a cheap plastic ring from those blasted toy dispensers. Promise to pay mama back from your savings.
Step 5. Call papa while mama is getting meat out of the boiling soup and opens cans of beans, corn and tomatoes. Explain proudly that you are cooking dinner and ask him to hurry up home.