Well, they were pretty awesome cookies.
While we didn't win the chance to go to a taping of ATK, they graciously invited participants to a tour of their office. Whaaaaaaaat?
They have 2 full time grocery shoppers. TWO. In one year, they spend about $500,000 on groceries alone. Half a million.
ATK has a great collection of cookbooks, one of the biggest! Why so many? To test new recipes, test cooks must first do research and gather 5 different recipes and try each one. From there, they can make adjustments until they get it perfect.
Currently, their top selling book is the Slow Cooker Revolution. Because the making of this book requires numerous slow cookers going on at once, ATK had to build a special wall with special electricity wiring (I really don't know what I'm talking about) in order to sustain all the slow cookers. So hardcore!
There are a jabillion cookbooks... puts my library to shame. I have... four?
(And that's three just from this summer...)
It was a great visit and a big thanks to Steph for taking the time to show me around!
After my exam was over, I was ready to get back into the kitchen. Taking advantage of some fresh basil -a bit from my makeshift garden and mostly from the farmer's market- my roommate and I ventured out of our comfort zone to make some fresh pesto!