I'm one of those freakish cooks that can pretty much make anything that other people find tricky. I make pie crust, biscuits, scones, and dumplings by hand and only eyeball the ingredients. Drives one of my friends insane because she can carefully sift and measure everything, follow the recipe to the letter, and end up with hockey pucks, while I get these beautiful delicious fluffiness melt in your mouth creations. About the only thing I am insistent on following measurements on are breads and cakes and that is just because of chemistry.
I'm off the look through the fridge and pantry, throw some stuff together, toss in some spices until it smells right camp. I make spectacular frosting, my favorite being cream cheese frosting. People beg me to make them lasagna, chili, and chicken and dumplings.
If there is something I want to make, but actually don't know how, I'll flip through some recipes and mentally compile what I like and dislike about each one , then tweek it on the fly.
I can't make coffee, but I don't drink it and hate the smell of it, so there's no loss there.