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Improve your skills at free cooking class

Montse Alonso-Garcia of St. Petersburg sprinkles spices into a pot during the Wishbone U. cooking class last year at Apron’s Cooking School at Publix in Tampa.

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Montse Alonso-Garcia of St. Petersburg sprinkles spices into a pot during the Wishbone U. cooking class last year at Apron’s Cooking School at Publix in Tampa.

When invited to a Thanksgiving potluck, are you asked to bring the paper products? (Or do you do this to someone else?)

Is your fancy-cooking mother-in-law and her show-stopping pumpkin pie coming for Thanksgiving and you've just got to outshine her?

Or do you simply want to up your culinary game?

If so, apply now for Wishbone U., our seventh annual free Thanksgiving cooking boot camp. This year's class will focus on desserts. Oh, pumpkin will figure prominently, but we'll consider some other typical harvest ingredients, too.

To gain admittance to the class, send a brief note about why you want to attend. We're suckers for a good story, especially when it involves heart-warming family tales or a sad recounting of gummy mashed potatoes and overcooked turkey. Nominations of bad or deserving cooks by family and friends are encouraged, but they cannot be submitted anonymously. Cooks as young as 13 will be considered.

Twelve people will be selected to attend an afternoon hands-on class Oct. 14 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. Then we'll eat what we've made — always the best part of the class.

Janet K. Keeler can be reached at jkeeler@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8586.

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Apply for admission

Tell us in 150 words or fewer why you should be selected to take part in our free Thanksgiving cooking class. Include your name, age, city and daytime phone number and send entries to Wishbone U., c/o Taste, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or email features@tampabay.com. Put THANKSGIVING in the subject line.

The deadline is Oct. 5, and winners will be notified by Oct. 8.

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 Taste on Nov. 14.

Improve your skills at free cooking class 09/11/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 5:30am]

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