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How to make Italian egg rolls

Thanks to YouTube, nothing amazes me anymore. At least, not for more than four minutes. After five minutes, it’s old hat. Take the other day, for example, when I saw a video of a slow loris holding an umbrella. I had no idea what a slow loris was and I thought he was great, so I looked up another slow loris video, in which a slow loris was getting tickled. It occurred to me at that moment that if someone were to walk in and say, “Hey, have you heard about the slow loris?” I’d be like, “Pfft, whatever, who doesn’t know about the slow loris?”

Two YouTube videos and all of a sudden I’m an expert. No, wait—one and a half videos, as a matter of fact, because I have a shamefully short YouTube attention span and once I got the jist of the tickling, I was pretty much done.

So it’s only fair, after the way I’ve taken YouTube for granted, that I finally have to send something of my own out into the cold You-niverse to be ignored and underappreciated by the vast millions. That is, the 28 of you who might eventually see it, including my boss and distant-but-supportive relatives on Facebook. And “underappreciated” might not be quite the word, because it actually isn’t much to behold—just a cooking video starring dumb old me—but it did take a long time to make. Days and nights. YouTube is a lot of work, man.

At least I was compensated fairly. Newman’s Own gave me a new video camera and enough of their products to last the summer. I bet the slow loris only got, like, a twig or something for being on YouTube. I feel like I owe him an apology. I’m going to go find that tickling video and finish watching it. Later. Maybe. I’m busy.

Will Newman’s Own feel like they got their money’s worth? Hard to say. The recipe I’m presenting for Italian egg rolls is really good, but there may be a possibility that Newman’s Own is expecting me to talk about cereal.

You see, there was a little bit of confusion between me and Foodbuzz, the company that set me up with the project. At one point, I thought they wanted my recipe for cereal bars to somehow include pasta sauce, salad dressing and frozen pizza. But I didn’t want to ask a lot of repetitive questions, because then they’d think I was thick, and it’s important for Foodbuzz to believe I’m clever and lovable and should continue to be showered with blog-sponsorship opportunities.

So instead of just asking for further clarification, I thought it over (and over and over) and decided that since they seemed so keen for me to use pasta sauce in my recipe, I’d abandon the cereal bar thing. I think I made the right choice, but I’m not ruling out the possibility that men in dark glasses will knock on my door tomorrow, ready to take my camera away. “Ms. Ackerman, you’re in breach of cereal contract,” they’ll say, or maybe, “These cameras were supposed to go to clever, lovable bloggers and we just saw your video.”

Anyway, what the hell: here’s the video. If you decide to watch it, please keep in mind that I’m openly clueless about videos, and have no business making them, much less being in one. If there’s one line that sums up the entire video, it’s the part where I say, “Make sure you use plenty of cheese,” because ohhh man, this might be the cheesiest video since that trololo guy.

But Italian egg rolls are delicious. Seriously.

Note: That bass music you hear is John! Playing a bass! For me! He is the best. Foodbuzz is probably going to give him my camera after they take it away from me. I would.

Another note: I wasn’t kidding about the slow loris. It’s the cutest. Here he is with his umbrella. There, now you’re an expert, too.

Kristina Ackerman

Kristina Ackerman is a busy freelance web designer, living and DIYing with her fella and their little fella in a cute old house in Atlanta, GA, USA.

  • jess

    That was great!!! You do just as well in front of a camera as you do with everything else you every try! :)

    And nice bass work, John!

    I think it’s about time I finally make some of these…

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  • Njicki

    That was awesome! Good job, K! (And good job, John!)

  • Chica! for someone that has never done a video before you sure got GAME! IT was great, love the takes with you trying to pronounce the right name, it was so funny … and the recipe is genius! Congratulations on your first video, hopefully you will use that little camera to give us more!

  • The video was great. You would never guess it was your first. it was concise, well edited, and you were like a seasoned professional. I look forward to more!

  • Featheredkitten

    We had these for dinner tonight, oh man….they are so, so , SO good. My fiancee just chowed down and kept saying “Wow.” Thanks so much for the recipe, also, your video is great. :)

    • Thanks for the awesome review, both of you! I’m so happy you enjoyed it.

  • I may be late to the commenting game, but that vid was PERFECT! The mispronunciation outtakes? They were the cutest! The instructions? All clear, succinct, and grounded in common sense! The bass playing? The sexiest! And the hostess? With the most-est!

    • Thank you! You are too, too kind. (Except the part about the bass playing. That’s neither kind nor unkind—just too, too true.)

  • Love the video. You look so comfortable in front of the camera and I really felt like you welcomed me into your kitchen.

    LOVE the idea of fried Italian egg rolls. I’m a huge fried/steamed/boiled dumpling woman, depending on my mood and have veered away and made Mexican or Tex-Mex style wontons, but NEVER thought of Italian. Going to have to give it a try when I’m back to adding a little fried food to my eating.

    I hope you make another video soon!

    • Thank you, Fran! Man, dumplings are so great. You’re gonna like these, I think!