@ShinMojo - I think you're totally misunderstanding what I want out of a cooking system. I don't want to go to the store and buy vegetables and milk and stock and beef and seasoning and magic it together in my kitchen to make a stew. I want to be able to just use a single item "Basic prep food" and turn it into a dish, in basically the exact same way that tailors currently turn "Random cloth" into dresses and pants and jackets and everything else.
Implying that it would take up too much space in the database is... beyond inane, I'm sorry. I'm not even going to touch on that, other than to say it's impact on game performance and so on would almost certainly be below negligible.
I do understand that you could RP it out, and serve an entirely non-existent meal entirely through RP but... well, the same could be said of tattoos, but we have a system for doing tattoos. The same could be said of clothing our characters (No reason our @nakeds can't just include clothes) Yet we have a really neat tailoring system. Heck, the same could be said of fights, yet there is a really big system in place for that.
I think this could provide some interesting possibilities for characters, in the same way that tailoring does. I also think it would be relatively easy to implement. Not saying it could be punched out in a night (Well, maybe), but it could 90% be pulled from the current tailoring system. I very much appreciate all the hard work that goes into coding such a big game, which is why I proposed a way to add an interesting new thing to the game that would require as little effort as possible.
As for side skills, what I meant was skills that don't count towards the maximum amount of UE your character can have, which would be languages. I didn't mean that languages were useless or anything like that, I just think it would be nice to have more skills that could be dabbled in a little bit without fear of 'messing up' your character (And yes, I know it's not really possible to mess up your character, but it'd be cool to be able to be the best X you can be, but still have a few other little skills to highlight other interests).