Monday, June 4, 2012

Give it away, Give it away, Give it away, Now!

Today, boys and girls, your very good friend and mine, Yours Truly, has a blog post up on the America's Test Kitchen Website, The Feed

     Back in March, I won a scholarship to the new ATK Online Cooking School.  Before you ask, no, there is no certificate for finishing.  And no, it's not a school school where you have to sit still, face forward, and turn in assignments on time.  It's utopia school where you log in, learn what you want to learn, take whatever tests you want to take (there are quizzes), and your dog doesn't eat your homework, you do!  Mwahahahahahaaaaa!  I don't know why it needed an evil scientist laugh there, it just did.  Too much Phineas and Ferb lately, methinks...

Anyhoo...

 A good place to start is the knife skills lesson.

 Cuban Black Beans and Rice.  I vegetarianized this one.  ¡Ay, Caramba!

Made this last week.  Pepper-Crusted Filet Mignon with Blue Cheese-Chive Butter.  You heard me.

One of our guests said it was like eating at a restaurant.  I said, "Those guys at America's Test Kitchen know what they're doing."

Saturday morning's breakfast.  This technique I actually managed to botch.  More than once.  My husband and children are terrified when I tell them I'm poaching eggs.  Even with the super-awesome ATK method, I needed a little practice.  But now that they're starting to turn out right, ooooohhhh man....I get to eat them because everyone else is afraid.  HAH!  Strategy, I tell you.

Three lessons in one meal: Chicken Saltimbocca (Chicken, Italian Style),  Arugula Salad with Figs, Prosciutto, Walnuts, and Parmesan (Italian Salads and Vegetables), and Olive-Rosemary Bread (Rustic Italian Breads).  My husband says I need to make more meals with prosciutto on them.

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I also made homemade gnocchi which we commenced to consume entirely before I could take a picture of it...growf!

     Oh yeah, I also did a whole lesson worth of Steaming and Poaching which I talk about over on that super cool ATK blog post I mentioned before.  And you know what else?  You guys can, too!  That's right!  America's Test Kitchen Online Cooking School is giving me two 60-day free trial scholarships to give away to YOU!  Follow me on Facebook if you don't already, then leave a comment here.  If you are already a follower, just leave a comment here!  Even if you don't want to win, leave a comment here (it makes me warm and gooey inside...)!  And lo, on June 8th two numbers shall be generated and thine own number may be selected, forsooth.  Good Luck!

33 comments:

  1. Yummy! Watching Italian Salads and Vegetables lesson intro video.. Great site!

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    1. I love this school, and I'm not just saying it because they gave me free stuff! =)

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  2. Oooh, ooooh! Pick me, pick me!!!! I follow you on Facebook. Twice, even!

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    1. This is the kind of enthusiasm we're looking for, people... =) Thanks, Charity!

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  3. how cool! an online cooking school! that breakfast looks out of this world! thanks for sharing! nice knife skills :)

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  4. I LOVED your posts! Both as usual! I so need to learn how to use knives without losing blood (lots of blood). You know me, if anyone in the world needs to learn how to not cut themselves and make pretty food at the same time it is me. So Pick me please. Oh, and My husband would eat any poached egg you could throw at him. So learning that would be a hoot as well. So proud of you! You are an inspiration and I am once again in awe at your mad cooking skills as well as your beautiful photography and of course hearing your voice as I read every word you write. Love you woman and way to go!

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    1. Thanks, Mama! Though I seriously doubt your hubs would have eaten those first few eggs I made. They were pretty rank... And you really should get some of those chainmail gloves... we've talked about this... =)

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  5. The filled and poached eggs could probably go well together...
    *drooling*

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    1. You're right the steak and eggs are probably a great combination!

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    1. Thanks, Angie! I love the layout of your blog!

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  7. This is a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing and I hope to win!!!

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  8. Followed you on facebook! The online school sounds exciting! The food sounds even better ;)

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    1. Thanks, Shumaila! Your blog is beautiful, I followed you right back! =)

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  9. Would love the knife skills lessons, etc... congrats lady!!

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  10. Congrats, Brooke! Your feature on ATC is huge! I'm so excited for you!!!

    I just "liked" you on FB, and now I'm commenting- that scholarship sounds awesome! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Kristy! Good Luck! =)

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  11. Liked you on Facebook. That he ATK lessons look delicious, I hope I win!

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  12. Your food looks simply divine! I would love to learn how to slice and dice vegetables and meat!

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  13. Brooke, I loved your post here and on ATK. I am the poor unfortunate gal whose daughter was in the hospital (well, follow up with her surgeon) when we all made that phone call to famous Bridget. I was stuck in the hallway near vending machines and a super loud air conditioner unit, which is not as bad as screaming kids raiding your pantry, but sad nonetheless. I want to make every dang thing you did in your lesson. Thanks for inspiration. I've like you on Facebook, but obviously I don't need to win. All the best, Cynthia

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting here, Cynthia! I do hope your daughter is OK! Your blog is so beautiful! Such stunning work! I make pillowcases for my boys and this Christmas I made pajama pants. That's the extent of my sewing ability. I'm always amazed by people as talented as you!

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  14. Brooke, I love your posts here and on ATK. The ATK post motivated me to finally leave a comment: your writing, sense of humor and take on cooking makes me actually WANT to cook. That is a miracle. I would love to win the scholarship to ATK so I can learn to cut up our food without cutting myself. And, thus (hopefully) begin cooking more. Thank you for all of the witty and insightful posts. keep 'em coming! Robin

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    1. Thank you, Robin! It took you long enough to comment here, woman. Tsk tsk tsk... Good Luck!

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  15. This stuff is incredible, Brooke! Love it. The poached eggs look fantastic. Also: the food photography is fantastic. Did you take all those?

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    1. Hi, Monte! Thanks! Yes, all of the photos here are mine as well as all of the photos in my ATK post, except the one where the person is taking the lid off the salmon, that one belongs to ATK.

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    2. Oh husband, tsk, tsk of course she took those pictures. You need to pay more attention to my girl here. BTW B, he wants the lessons too, if you didn't already know. <3

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  16. Holy S, Brooke! These pictures are incredible!! You have this non-meat eater wanting to make all of these recipes. For reals. OR how about I just come over and you make me food with all your newfound knowledge and show off your knife skills :)

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  17. Congratulations! I remember you writing about the ATK classes before. How fun! Your photos are terrific and making me very hungry...especially that poached egg. Looks to me like you have it mastered!

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