Sometimes it's not about the success of what you're trying, but the fact you tried at all – and learned something from it.
If you like the handiness of precooked bacon, you can learn to precook it yourself and enjoy better flavor.
There was no way I was going to do the tedious job of preparing gooseberries for a crisp, but I discovered something better.
Some of the varieties of free fruits available for the taking. All it takes is a little time, a little work, and some scouting of the area for what grows in your neck of the woods.