A lot of very smart people are embarrassed when it comes to asking questions about "things they are supposed to know already." They would rather suffer in silence hand washing dishes than call their mom and ask how their new-fangled apartment's dishwasher works. You know, modern problems of the until recently citified folk variety.
The SF Chronicle's food section has an article on kitchen techniques of that ilk. Starting out with how to bread meat and moving through 9 other techniques usually verbed in recipes, it's a good refresher for the smartypants -- or crib sheet for those of us who didn't have hands-on kitchen training.