Bad cooks wanted

By Times wires
Published June 6, 2007

Can't boil an egg? Read on

The American Egg Board has launched a search for America's worst cook. Enter by June 30 for a shot at a trip for two to New York City and cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education.

What to do: Write an essay of 200 or fewer words explaining why you or someone you know is in desperate need of basic cooking skills. Read rules at www. americasworstcook.com.

How to enter: Submit the entry online or mail it to America's Worst Cook Contest, c/o Lauren Cobey, Edelman, 200 E Randolph, Suite 63, Chicago, IL 60601.

Wow the judges: You may - but are not required to - include a recording - VHS or DVD - of no more than five minutes or up to two photographs.

Ice cream in glass cones

Glass ice cream dishes from Crate & Barrel are shaped and textured like wafer cones - though they hold a lot more ice cream. They are perfect vessels for decadent sundaes and also function quite respectably as glasses to accommodate malted milk shakes or ice cream sodas. Stackable, durable, dishwasher- and microwave-safe, they are available for $2.95 each at www.crateandbarrel.com or toll-free 1-800-967-6696.

Your inner griller

Cookbook: Recipe of the Week: Kabobs (Wiley, $16.95), by Sally Sampson, shows the ins and outs (or is it the ons and offs?) of grilling on a stick. The 52-plus recipes employ a wide range of ingredients and styles (sweet curried steak, tofu satay and Greek chicken are examples). It's at some Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores and at amazon.com.

Equipment: You'll love the whimsy and the work ethic of the Grill'n Mop Brush from Chef'n. The silicone layers are heat-resistant to 650 degrees, and the tool is a lengthy 18 1/2 inches long to keep the heat at bay. The mop end can be removed and is dishwasher-safe. It's $15 at www.chefsresource.com.

Dining at work

Don't like the food at your corporate cafeteria?

Check out this month's Eating Well magazine and its article on five workplaces sure to inspire envy and, perhaps, imitation.

Google, for example, offers free meals that include such foods as sushi and roasted black bass with parsley pesto - and weekly farmers' markets on-site. Faucet manufacturer Moen offers a wellness center and weight loss programs.