Win a Copy of The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

I told you a couple of weeks ago about The Kitchen Counter Cooking School and how much I liked it. I’ve taken notes and copied a couple of recipes out of the book and now I’m ready to pass it on. If you’d like to win a copy for yourself or to use as a gift (Shh! I’ll never tell!) simply leave a comment below telling me about the one kitchen skill you’d like to improve upon.

This contest runs until 6pm Wednesday, October 20, 2011, Hawaii time. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and will be announced on or before Wednesday, October 27, 2011.

Due to shipping expense, prize can be shipped only to United States addresses. If I am unable to make contact with the winner within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

This article has 35 comments

  1. I would like to learn to make great stock. This is a skill that makes such a difference in the meal’s end result, but it seems so few people, myself included, really know how to do it right.

  2. i am terrible with spices and could really use some help!
    thanks!!

  3. I would really like to be able to cut/chop with reasonable skill. I pretty much hack.

  4. I would love to improve my understanding of cuts of meat.

  5. One kitchen skill I’d like to improve on? Confidence! The confidence to try something new or to take on a challenge and believe that something edible will result. I “don’t have time” to try new things because if they don’t turn out, I don’t have time to do something else. :-)

  6. Much of the trouble is likely the dullness of my knives, but I wish I had better knife skills, as the lingo goes. I also wish I had a better handle on the “math” of certain things … like what is the right ratio of oil and other ingredients in a vinaigrette?

  7. I am new to this whole cooking with unprocessed, organic and natural foods and I would love to learn nore about the basic art of cooking! I have learned a lot over the past few months and I am sure my family would appreciate me knowing more.

  8. I would like to learn to cook more efficiently and learn some make ahead menus.

  9. I could definitely improve in my ability to do prep work. Plus I’d like to learn more about preserving foods…especially dehydrating.

  10. The cool thing about your blog is how it inspires me to make small changes. So many times I complain that I can’t “do” anything about a situation or make a difference because I can’t make some large, grandiose change statement that appears important. Sadly, this is the attitude that turns to apathy, a plague I’ve had for several years. You have “woken me up” so to speak, to the fact that as the years have passed, I’ve given up on some of my dreams of making the world a better place. Making small changes is a great way to get started, so thanks for all your blogs!

    One thing I’m ashamed to admit is that I waste a LOT of food. So learning how to use leftovers would be especially helpful.

    • Thanks, Anne! I think that living a more sustainable life looks different for everyone, but indeed, one step at a time and small changes make it doable. Happy you’re here and making little changes!

  11. I would love to learn more about preserving foods, but I think I would most like to learn how to cook meat (especially turkey) so it isn’t so dry.

  12. I wish I knew how to use fresh herbs.

  13. The kitchen skill that I need to work on the most is keeping my workstation orderly while I cook. I often end up with a landslide of pots, pans and dishes by the time the meal is ready!

  14. The kitchen skill Iʻd like to improve on is presentation. I love to cook but the whole presentation part…I canʻt even decorate my house, let alone my food!
    Haha. But there are certainly other skills I need to beef up on, namely julienne-ing, not burning milk, and prepping properly.

  15. The skill that I need to work on most in the kitchen (and life) is PATIENCE! I want things to work perfectly, and that’s not reality. Sometimes it takes a time or two to get the hang of a new recipe. Thanks for the book opp- love the blog!

  16. I’d like to learn more about frying. It isn’t politically correct but there are certain foods I like fried and I would love to know how to get something crispy, not burnt, and not greasy.

  17. The kitchen skill I need to work on the most is timing. I can never manage to get things done at the right time so some things are cold by the time I am ready to serve:-(

  18. Elizabeth Gorostiza
    Thursday 13 October 2011, 4:09 pm

    I’d like to learn how to cook for more than 4 it’s a challenge. I’d also like to learn how to cook more American meals. All I ever cook is Cuban food which is what my Mother taught me delicious but variety would be awesome!
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  19. The thing I’d like to improve most are my knife skills. I’d also like to expand my vegetarian repertoire.

  20. So interesting contest! I wanna join but so sad to tell that I’m far away from the U.S. It’s alright. I still wanna wish you all the best of luck!

  21. Not being overwhelmed. That’s where I need the most help. Maybe it’s a matter of scheduling or ambition, or just learning to do it more efficiently and get it done.

  22. I so need to learn how to cook by instinct. Like when I have a few ingredients and want to get a meal done fast, how do I make it look and taste like ‘something good’? lol.

  23. I would like to start making things from scratch instead of out of a can! I am concerned about the BPA in can liners but don’t know how to make my own seasoned pinto beans or diced tomatoes.

  24. I have a lot I’d like to improve on! But one is HOW TO COOK FAST AND WELL WITHOUT MAKING SUCH A BIG MESS. I feel like I used to be better at this. Maybe because I was only cooking for one or two instead of for a family of six?

  25. I want to learn the best ways to store fresh fruits and vegetables of various types after purchase, to avoid so much waste and spoilage.

  26. I’d like to become better at cooking roasts and so forth. love your blog!

  27. Pamela Outersky Smith
    Tuesday 18 October 2011, 3:32 am

    I’m always looking for basic, easy to follow recipes that are easy to remember and use over again and again. I think this book looks like something I could use and add to my collection!

  28. I’d give it to my daughter, who is learning to prepare her own healthy and balanced vegan meals.

  29. I’d love to get better at curing and smoking my own meats! I’ve done bacon and smoked pork loin, but it would be so great to have dry sausages and kielbasa too.

  30. I need to improve my food preservation skills.

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