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Brush up on your cooking skills at the Times' Wishbone U.

Apply now for Wishbone U., the St. Petersburg Times sixth annual Thanksgiving cooking boot camp for challenged cooks. Don't worry, everyone passes with flying colors.

This year's class will focus on the basics, with a lesson on how to roast a turkey taking center stage. In addition, students will master a couple of traditional side dishes (lump-free potatoes anyone?) and learn to make a show-stopping dessert.

But there's a catch:

To gain admittance, you'll have to plead your case by sending a brief note about why you need help. We're suckers for a sad-sack story, especially when it involves disapproving in-laws. Tell us about your holiday cooking disasters and how we can help turn you around.

The 12 most desperate students will be selected to attend an afternoon hands-on class Oct. 17 at Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket in the Shoppes of Citrus Park in Tampa. Apron's resident chef Rich Norris will share his expertise and recipes. And then we will eat.

Submit your entry, including your name, age, city of residence and daytime phone number, to Wishbone U., c/o Taste, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or e-mail Put THANKSGIVING in the subject line.

The deadline is Friday, and winners will be notified by Oct. 12. Nominations of bad cooks by concerned family and friends are encouraged, but they cannot be submitted anonymously.

Participants must be willing to be photographed during the class, because it's not just their skills we want to improve. The experience — and recipes — will be shared in the Taste section on Nov. 17.

Brush up on your cooking skills at the Times' Wishbone U. 10/02/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 2, 2010 4:31am]
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