Friday, March 09, 2012

I Won! I Won!

Gasp. I won. I won a scholarship to the America’s Test Kitchen cooking school!!

Oh, that’ so sweet of you to be so happy for me! And you should be. Because I’ve never won a dang thing in my entire life. Not even a cheap made-in-China stuffed animal from those ‘claw’ machines at disgusting pizza parlors owned by large gray mice named Chuckie. Nope, lucky is not my middle name.

But today it is. I was in Costco today when I received an email that made me so giddy I had to pull over at the disgusting cheesecake section. (Please don’t tell me you like Costco cheesecake. Do not.)

I saw this post last week and thought, what the hay, why not enter?

Maybe when they picked me they knew I had just on Wednesday made their recipe for Lemon Sugar Snack Cake. (Recipe found in their Family Baking Book or click here.) My friends loved it, my kids loved, and I ate three pieces, so obviously I loved it.  This is my new gotta-have-cake-right-now-to-shove-in-my-face cake to make. Stupid tight pants.

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Or maybe they had a crystal ball and looked deep into the orb and saw that I own way too many of their cook books. And that for nearly ten years I’ve been making their Chicken Pot Recipe which has given me rock star status with friends and family.

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best recipe

Maybe they knew that all I’ve been doing lately is cooking from their Best of 2012 magazine because my daughter has been home-bound after her surgery. Go get this magazine now (I got mine at Costco and it should be displayed until March 26th, says the cover) and try the buttermilk baked chicken, garlic knots, creamy orzo, eggplant casserole, boston cream pie, 7-layer dip, and especially the chickpea cakes with the worlds greatest cucumber raita sauce I’ve ever had. I even asked Paul to make the buttered carrots and he has become a pro at them. He’s made them three times. Giddy-up. (Shhh…don’t tell my kids that sometimes I put my shoes on the couch. When they buy a couch, they can put their shoes on it.)

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And maybe they just had a feeling that I’m super cool despite what my high school boyfriend said. Oh wait, I didn’t have a high school boyfriend. See, I never won anything!! Either way, stay tuned, I’ll get a guest post on their blog in May to talk about what I’ve learned.


Win said...

Cynthia! That is so exciting! Congrats, I am so excited for you!

Chris Coffman said...

Love. It.

Chris Coffman said...

Love. It.

Nicole said...

So fun!! I love all their recipes. Lucky you! :-)

Ilene said...

Wait, did my comment get deleted?

Ilene said...

Well, it did. So here's how it went:

Congrats!! You DO deserve an ATK scholarship. You converted me to the ATK gospel love years ago and their cream of tomato soup has changed my world. And their old fashioned chocolate cake. And triple chocolate chunk cookies.... the list goes on and on, right?

You are definitely our family's celebrity. Do us proud :)

And I think your not having a boyfriend in high school makes you in this game of life a true winner, don't you think?

Ilene said...

By the way, will you be sure to ask Bridget what to do with that leftover frying oil from chicken nuggets and such? Store it? Chuck it? What?

Anonymous said...

How exciting! Congratulations!

QuiltingCyclist said...

Congratulations to a real winner! Enjoy & put your feet on the couch.

nicole said...

If anybody deserves this Cynthia you do. You have indeed converted all of us to the ATK cult. Have fun with it!

Laurie Higbee said...
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Mary said...

Wow! I'm glad it wasn't just a random drawing, because it sounds like you certainly deserve the one-year scholarship!

The Captain's Daughter said...

Just another reason to love Granite Gurus blog because it brought me to your beautiful website.

Your kitchen is STUNNING!

Congratulations on your win. I cannot think of a more deserving applicant!

Anonymous said...

It was not a random drawing and she certainly does deserve it. Thanks a bunch for applying Cynthia, it's great to have you as part of the Cooking School team!


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