I really think that you can, but I will need to test things out properly to be able to tell. If, as I hope, this blog starts to achieve visibility for the anchor text that I use to link to it from nofollowed links, then that is a pretty good clue that something is up with the official line from Google on this subject.
People other than myself have successfully demonstrated that this can work, but a little while ago. If am to make outrageous SEO claims, I need to generate some evidence. The first thing I need to test is whether or not no-followed links pass anchor text at all.
Fingers crossed and lets keep our eyes peeled over the coming weeks.