Thursday is the deadline to plead your case and gain entry into the Wishbone U. Class of 2009.
Our annual Thanksgiving cooking boot camp is going back to basics this year. Roasting a turkey will take center stage and instruction will include how to take the big bird's temperature and the final words on basting. (Do it!) In addition, students will master the art of making gravy, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.
To gain admittance, you'll have to e-mail a brief note about why you need help. We're suckers for a sad story, especially when it involves disapproving mothers-in-law and dry turkey. 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. 25 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.
E-mail your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put THANKSGIVING in the subject line.
Winners will be notified by Friday. 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 class, because it's not just their skills we want to improve. The experience — and recipes — will be shared in Taste on Nov. 18.
Janet K. Keeler, Times lifestyles editor