I've gotten a lot of last minute help. My usual panic mode.
I've also learned a lot about bread, which I was pretty much in the dark about before.
From this site and living in Europe I've learned how much easier it is to measure by weight rather than volume.
I've become closet fans of Ishbel, Cara, Haggis, and Yakuta because their recipes and hints have never failed.
And for the OP- we don't used packaged products because we eat whole, organic foods instead of processed foods, so I don't consider myself a SNOB because I don't use packaged food, but a healthy person. But, in Germany, it's a lot easier to find non-processed foods and most people don't rely on it because the pace of life is slower than in the US.
Oh, and ETA: I've learned more about different cultures and how food plays different roles in different countries, which is very cool, in my opinion. I like expanding my horizons.