The first time I rendered lard it felt like I was tapping into my roots and getting back to the historical way of doing things. I was totally overwhelmed though. Here was this BIG chunk of fat that a friend of mine gave me and if I messed it up I had belittled the sacrifice that pig made for me.
I was pretty intimidated when I started making my own pie crust. But, I soon became hooked on it! There's so many variations and so much you can do with it!