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  • FRC snark alert: I’m tempted to start a really snarky thread about cooking show pet peeves. Reason?

     karennoca updated 2 weeks, 3 days ago 39 Members · 158 Posts
  • michael-in-phoenix

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I have a couple of shows I watch because I like the food they prepare, or the things I can learn about ethnic recipes, etc. In other words, I watch because the content interests me. Unfortunately, some of the other stuff they do/say/show drives me up the wall.

    If I don’t get it out, I just might burst a vein on my forehead, and no one wants to see that.

    I know this has been done before, and maybe it doesn’t need to be done again. I’ll leave it up to you, my friends. Should we proceed, or is this better left un-ranted?

    Michael

  • mistral

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I say a good snark-fest is always good, especially if the snarks are true! . . .

    Snark ON!

  • marilynfl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I’m up at bat: Drives me nuts when TV cooks imply you can use substitutes

    without at least hinting that the directions/quantities/results may not end up the same.

  • cheezz

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    snark snark snark snark snark snark SNARK!!

  • marilynfl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Another Pet Peeve: the amount of olive oil used where the recipe will state something like 2 TBL…

    and you’ve just watched a half a cup used.

    The only shows I’ve seen where the cooks actually measure oil are Ellie Krieger and Hungry Girl.

  • curious1

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I’ll play…I have so many, let’s start with ATK and their instant read thermometer that always

    registers the temperature they’re aiming for. Like really now?

    • mariadnoca

      Member
      March 11, 2021 at 10:09 pm

      YES!

      • earnie

        Member
        March 12, 2021 at 5:54 pm

  • richard-in-cincy

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Yes, this one is especially troublesome.

  • richard-in-cincy

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    All of the mugging for the cameras…

    since it’s now Foodtainment and not about cooking skills:

    All dishes must be tasted, and there must be an immediate gustatory reaction equivalent to the heavenly gates being thrown open, sunshine streaming through, and heavenly choirs singing.

    Most of them start their “Mon Dieu! this is so delicioso!” moment before the food enters their mouth (and it’s never too hot, even though it was just finished cooking), but even if the fork does actually go into the mouth before the display, they still haven’t tasted the food since they have neither chewed nor swallowed it.

    See: Giada and her eye-rolling ecstasies of never before tasted pleasure displays.

    Watch Julia taste something on her shows. She tests it to see if its too hot, sometimes blows on it, then puts it into her mouth, thoughtfully tastes it and analyzes it, then makes her pronouncement.

  • marilynfl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I call it the “Dip and Moan” syndrome. Bring the food to your mouth,

    taste exactly two molecules of food, tip you head toward your shoulder while simulataneously closing your eyes and forcing the remaining muscles into a facial orgasm.

    I mean, really. For a sugar-coated donut?

  • curious1

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    But no matter how far off the measurements. the finished dish is deemed “just perfect”.

  • deb-in-mi

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    LOL Richard. Can you imagine

    if one of the cooking show, every time the chef samples one of his/her creations, there would be a quick blip with your “heavenly gates being opened….choirs singing”. That would be hilarious!

  • cathyz-from-kauai

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    It started for me when what’s-her-name used “EVOO” instead of saying “olive oil”.

    I admit, since she showed up and all the others followed I either YELL at the TV or simply do not watch what is laughingly called the “Food Network” or “Food Channel”.

  • evan

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I’m game! What really annoys me are all the dishes spent cooking the most simple dish.

    I mean really, who needs five spoons, three bowls and four measure cups to make muffins?
    I take it no TV chef does her own or his on dishes.

  • richard-in-cincy

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Deb I’m surprised someone hasn’t done it yet! LOL

  • melissa-dallas

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Lainie with Rick and Claudia with Jacques still annoy the heck out of me.

  • sallybr

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    To go along with this…. and they all speak with the mouth full! IIIIRCH!

  • sallybr

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    … ah, that’s a killer…. (more)

    and, since new people might be watching the show at any given time, she MUST say “extra virgin olive oil” AFTER each EVOO which absolutely kills any reason to shorten the name.

    instead of ONCE, we gotta hear the nickname and the full name!

    and Anne Burrel is following right along with her “BTB RTS” “bring to boil, reduce to simmer”

    I think she’s a great chef, with a heavy hand on salt, though – but I love to watch her show. Just keep rolling my eyes to the ceiling at each BTB RTS

  • charlie

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I kinda like lainie and claudia but can’t stand Joe Bastianich-what he can’t even force a smile

  • barb_b

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Making up names drives me nuts!! Spoontula? Guy also follows her methods on TV. Did I mention

    it drives me nuts!! I like how they have created an environment where the love of food and cooking is “cool” and appreciated, but do not like the silliness.

  • marilynfl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Is he Lidia’s hubby?

  • curious1

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Ahhh, the salt. I thought it was just me. Ina Garten liberally salts and says salt adds lots of

    flavor. At that point, it just makes it salty. But I admit to being a bit sensitive to lots of salt.

  • barb_b

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Charlie, who is the NY / NJ guy; used to have a pony tail. I believe he was off the air for a while

    And now back on. I do not get to see him often. He is so matter of fact and knowledgable. I enjoy how he does the behind the scenes and then recreates dishes in his home. I like his attitude. Do you know him? I know he is a local guy.

    Edited to say that I believe he used to recreate dishes in his own kitchen, now, when I have seen it, it looks more like a staged kitchen.

    • monj

      Member
      March 19, 2021 at 6:51 am

      Hi Barb!

      Are you thinking of Mario Batali? Now there’s a backstory…..

  • curious1

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Hey Michael, did you pick up your marbles and go home?

  • barb_b

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I believe it is her son. He is the wine guy….

  • sallybr

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    He’s probably saving ammunition, you know, like the end of a big show of fireworks… :-)

  • barb_b

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Now I am on a roll…I also hate it when they tell me “WHAT YOU NEED TO DO” is…

    I have turned off the TV so many times because of this. Our friend with fancy matching curtains does it, but there are a few others. Julia had such class in suggesting,”You want to…. make sure…..”.

    I hate feeling like I am back in school and being lectured….

    OH!! And I hate it when they over do their cuteness to being a couple…. (Can you tell which show I turned off recently!) Great recipes, but I do not need to hear you say sweetums and sweetie pie.

    I think I am done. I appreciate the therapy session! I feel better. ((Now, what is that guys name w/ the NY accent….??))

  • curious1

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Ah, the Neelys. But I got a killer recipe for Creole potato salad off them.

  • melissa-dallas

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Actually, spoonulas have been around for a long time.

  • melissa-dallas

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    He’s awful. He was also on that short-lived Ramsey show with amateur cooks.

    Couldn’t stand him on that either.

  • cynupstateny

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    And “sammys” and “delish” and “yum-o”. All in the first five minutes (which is why I can’t watch

    more than five minutes of her)

  • desertjean

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    RR kills me with her cooking times.

    You know half of her food is raw when she “presents”. Seriously…she uses the biggest chicken breasts or pork chops you’ve ever seen, then doesn’t even put them in until 10 minutes into the show so they get all of 12 minutes in the oven or on the stove. And we are supposed to believe they are cooked anywhere near done.

  • curious1

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Are you thinking of Michael Lomonaco? Although I never saw him with a ponytail He did a show that

    looked as though it was his kitchen. I always liked him. He was the head chef at Windows of the World when the trade center was hit. He would have been at work when it happened but he had an appt. or something like that.

  • desertjean

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I always feel the need to go to the dentist if they come on.

  • monj

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I think you’re thinking of Michael Colameco. He used to go to a NY restaurant

    then he would go back to his kitchen (tricked out by Viking) and try to create a dish based on what they had showed there. It was a fun show. Not sure if it’s still on. He used to have a ponytail, but the last time I saw the show, the ponytail was gone.
    Either him or Mario Batali. Also NY guy with ponytail. :)

  • erininny

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    How about cooking segments on shows like Today and Martha? They drive me nuts!

    Disclaimer: We don’t have a tv, so my consumption of said shows occurs in the laundromat. Still, the fact that the food segments are cut to, cut from, and whipped through so quickly (and with such obvious lack of care for the process) makes my eyes cross. What’s the point of showing people how to make something if you can’t give them eight minutes of airtime to do it…on a four-hour-long show?! (I’m looking at you, Today show.)

    Martha is slightly less culpable, but only when it’s her food discovery/recipe, not a guest’s.

  • angak

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    there’s a ponytailed guy on the Victory Garden as their chef. I miss the old Victory Garden :(

  • angak

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I want to yell at them to just go to the bedroom already! good cooking but makes me cringe.

  • meryl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I hate when they talk to their food like it’s a cute child. Burrell does that all the time – can’t

    watch her.

  • barb_b

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Mo, that is it… Just did Google search on both M’s.. I love his passion for food & flavors

    I have not seen his show in a while, but he really is the opposite of EVOO… Thanks C1 and Mo for tracking him down. I really enjoy his matter of fact cooking.

    http://colameco.com/

  • angak

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    and the constant use of “kinda” and “sorta”—drives me nuts with Ina and B Flay and all of them

  • sallybr

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Ok, I admit I’m having a rotten day….

    …. but I MUST comment on one more

    Don’t get me wrong, I actually LIKE Giada’s show, especially when she has her aunt Raffy over (the woman is a piece of work!) –

    but that show has a few things that annoy me to no end – for instance, they need to do these “theme things” – so, one day she is giving this “Hawaiian Evening” by the swimming pool, and every single guests is offered a “lei” – natural flowers of course – when they get there. Giada, in a nonchalant tone, says “You can special order those from your florist”

    HOLY TOMATOES! What kind of a budget do they think I have when I invite guests over for a dinner party? :-)

    Of course, the whole backyard is properly decorated to mimic Honolulu etc etc.

    I like the “ethnic” type shows, but the whole paraphernalia of stuff that goes with it is irritating to me.

    And let’s not even go into the “Tablescapes” = whatever they are called, from SemiFreakMade

  • angak

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    they probably hope you visit their website for more info.

  • angak

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    her rinky dinky’s and such


    gahhhhh. annoying.

  • meryl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Oh and I despise Ina Garten’s use of “good” as in good olive oil, good butter, good chocolate…

    Grates on my nerves. It’s an insult to her audience – what does she think? – they’re going to use “bad” olive oil, bad butter, bad chocolate…?

    Plus, everything she makes, she declares as “perfect.”

  • meryl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    She definitely oversalts.

  • barb_b

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I always get a chuckle when Al can overtake the “kitchen” and ask a question the chef can’t answer

  • maycee

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    ah, me. i’ve been told i use every pot, pan, bowl, dish to make egg salad.

  • maycee

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    SemiFreakMade!!! OMG!! LOL Can’t stand the woman.

  • maycee

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I find her friends very annoying!! If you don’t have cooking chops at least learn how to act.

  • deb-in-mi

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Yes – I adore Ina (my hubby refers to her as ‘my crush’ but the friend thing is so grating….

  • curious1

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks, that’s also one of my peeves.

  • joe

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    And let’s be honest, (here’s something I can say that others can’t)….

    She needs to meet some straight people! They’re hungry too, you know.

  • sallybr

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    It must be a Y chromosome thing… hubby does the same… :-)

  • meryl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    LOL!

  • sallybr

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Oh, I wish I could find a link….

    …. years and years ago, someone wrote an article about GIada (humorous), in which he matched a fake text with her facial expressions

    she was tasting something with raspberries in it, and made right away the ‘orgasmic’ face, but if you froze that in a photo, it seemed like she was disgusted by how bitter it was

    it was THE funniest thing, but of course, I don’t even remember where I saw it….

    you would love it!

  • erininny

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Yes. So condescending. I loved hearing Dan Barber once say that any supermarket olive oil

    –as long as it’s in a fairly dark bottle–is fine, and that everything else was a waste of money. Ok, the man’s not known for pulling punches, but this was just great. :)

  • sallybr

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    And how about Michael Chiarello salting pasta water with very expensive gray salt?

    it puts me in hyperventilation right away!

  • maycee

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I can say it!!! And I agree.

  • traca

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    What the heck is “good red wine vinegar”? It takes a pilgrimage to find it, not much different.

  • angak

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    oh gosh you guys—I’m howling here! too funny.

  • traca

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    My other Ina pet peve: X-Large eggs in baking. I swear, I have to buy eggs just for her recipes.

  • traca

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Notice it’s dad still doing most of the cooking? Their kids need serious media training.

  • curious1

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    And my last pet peeve, for now anyway. I have a carton in the fridge to make more date bread.

  • curious1

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    ah, you’re saying it for me. But some good looking recipes from her.

  • meryl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    You can use large eggs to substitute – see chart inside:

    EGG SIZES – EQUIVALENTS

    (NOTE: An extra large egg has about 4 tablespoons of liquid and a large egg has about 3 1/4 tablespoons of liquid).

    Two large = two jumbo, two extra large or medium, or three small

    Three large = two jumbo, three extra large or medium, or four small

    Four large = three jumbo, four extra large, five medium or small

    Five large = four jumbo, four extra large, six medium, or seven small

    Six large = five jumbo or extra large, seven medium, or eight small

  • meryl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I also have to mention that I can’t stand Alton Brown – I respect his wealth of information,

    and like some of his recipes, but… I can’t stand his personality, and his show is so immature and grade B that I just can’t watch it. I wish he would just stick to cooking/baking and omit the ridiculous antics with the terrible acting, but of course, then his show wouldn’t be popular. As we’re all aware of, most people who just concentrated on cooking good food were dropped from the Food Network.

  • meryl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    And now that I’m on a roll, I’ll add “Iron Chef America” to this list – The “Chairman” is a bad

    joke, way beyond a caricature, and the show is way beyond a spoof – maybe it’s a spoof of a spoof? Or do they really take themselves seriously? I mean, the whole show is like a grade B Horror Movie, but I like to see what the chefs are making, so I just put on mute during the extraneous BS.

  • joe

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    and you can buy that very salt from him!

    http://www.napastyle.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=1500

  • meryl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Gee, what a coincidence.

  • amanda_pennsylvania

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    LOL!!!

  • susie_mi

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Now that Semi-Homemade has made an entrance I have to jump in! I cannot stand to watch this woman..

    and love the SemiFreakMadename! Sometimes it’s on at the gym when I am on the treadmill..thankfully with the sound off but captioned. I cannot stand the way she talks about how everything is “mine”. I’m making MY semi-homemade beef stew…I’m slicing MY onions…I’m serving this on MY tablescape. Blech. We know they’re yours, it’s your show lady, who’s else would they be? Melissa what’s her name from the Next Food Network Star does that on her show too. Drives me crazy.

  • sallybr

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I refuse to watch his show…

    he gets on my nerves in less than 5 minutes… Agree completely with you…

  • susie_mi

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    And all the y’alls in every. single. sentence. Seriously?? It would be a good drinking game –

    if it didn’t come on at 11:00 in the morning here.

  • meryl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    OMG – I thought I was the only one! Glad to see I’m in good company!

  • marianne

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Wow, Michael, you really started something, didn’t you? LOL!

  • meryl

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    She’s so insignificant, I can’t even discuss her.What a loser, making big money.So what else is new?

  • traca

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Y’all/Paula Dean drinking game. Must try!

  • cheezz

    Member
    February 22, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    and have you noticed he’s strangely quiet?!

  • music-city-missy

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Have you noticed he hasn’t posted what startd this? Come clean

  • desertjean

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 2:16 am

    NY Times wasn’t kind about her lasagna…neither was (her honey) Andrew Cuomo’s mother.

    Campbells Tomato Soup…the main ingredient to Sandra Lee’s grandmother’s recipe.

    http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/putting-sandra-lees-lasagna-to-the-test/

  • evan

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 6:33 am

    LOL Michael. Besides, you don’t count because you do your own dishes.

    Right? ;-)

  • maycee

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Oh no I don’t!

  • charlie

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    February 23, 2011 at 7:48 am

    He was a student at the CIA a couple of years after me–never met him. He lives in Cape May.

  • charlie

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Love Aunt Raffy–she’s so typicaly Italian–just like my family–totally opinionated about food

  • charlie

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Love Aunt Raffy–she’s so typicaly Italian–just like my family–totally opinionated about food

  • michael-in-phoenix

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 8:46 am

    So I go away for a few hours and BANGO! Look what you’ve all done.

    More later.

    Michael

  • marilynfl

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Squeeze me in there with ya’ll.

  • curious1

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 9:53 am

    You probably have a point. I can use every pot and pan in the kitchen, but don’t have to wash them.

  • curious1

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I used to think that, but after seeing her biography I’ve gained a lot of respect for what she’s

    accomplished after a rough childhood. And took care of a sister, don’t remember if there were other siblings. Do you remember back in probably the 80s, you could buy plastic form and put fabric in them to make swags and other window treatments? She invented that and made a fortune there. She really has accomplished a lot, but I can’t stand to watch her show.

  • curious1

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I complain, but FN (preferably Ina) is my favorite to watch while on the treadmill.

  • sallybr

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Uuuh… it’s gettin cozy in here… I like it! :-)

  • sallybr

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 10:36 am

    No sure you’ve seen the most recent one….

    … she is making a ‘rottolo” with GIada. I had a blast with Raffy, she suddently took off speaking in Italian, leaving Giada between a rock and a hard place trying to translate it all to the audience and at the same time not lose the flow of the show. I just KNOW this could not have been on the script, it was too spontaneous, and Raffy is just herself.

    I can understand Italian, so one of the things she said Giada simply could not translate, it’s a saying about the color of a donkey – so she just let is slide…. it was hilarious

    I love that woman! She should have a show herself… :-)

  • carol-whidbey-is

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I can’t handle the Neelys you want some sugar

  • maycee

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    February 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

    When I’m on the treadmill I like Iron Chef America and Chopped.

    I watched so much Ina that they are all repeats now. But I do like her.

  • carianna-in-wa

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    February 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    No one ranting about Sandra Lee? I guess she would need her own thread, huh?

  • barb_b

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    February 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I think she is weaved in there a few different times. She was on p3 of yesterdays NY Post re: her

    new role as “first girlfriend” to Cuomo….

  • charlie

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    February 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I think I get it LOL

  • charlie

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    ditto on that curious–she had to overcome a lot–she’s not just a pretty face–but I don’t like the

    show either.

  • erininny

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    My eyes! Cottage cheese in LASAGNE?! Words fail me.

  • meryl

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    February 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    See above # 12

  • joe

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    February 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Aargh! I hadn’t heard about this romance. New Yorkers, PLEASE tell me that the governor’s mansion

    has a chef, or hires a caterer. I’m picturing state dinners with tables all “scaped” in wierd brid-a -brac, terrible food served straight from the crockpot, and the First receiving guests in lingerie.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/22/sandra-lee-vogue-photos_n_826560.html?ir=New%20York

  • lorijean

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    February 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    and don’t forget my fav “It’s COCK…TAIL time” urgh

  • angak

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    February 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    11, is that too early?? mimosas or bloody marys or gin and tonics on the lanai.

  • angak

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    February 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    and I love Raffy’s eye rolls when Giada puts a twist into a traditional recipe

  • angak

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    February 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    or in Ann Burrell talk: co-inky dink

  • angak

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    February 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    scootch over, will ya.

  • curious1

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    February 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Lol, many older recipes for lasagna use cottage cheese as ricotta wasn’t readily available to

    home cooks in most parts of the country. I bet several here had a mom who used it or has used it as I did in the 60s.

  • curious1

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I thought it was funny when Cook’s Illus. featured a recipe for baked ziti using cottage cheese

    instead of ricotta in their March 2009 issue. They called it a secret weapon. You may faint now, ;-).

  • traca

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    February 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Cocktails on a lanai in Anchorage? Not in February! CathyZ from Kauai’s? Definitely! :)

  • orchid

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    February 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I made lasagna for the first time when we moved to Saudi and ricotta

    was not available. So I used creamed cottage cheese. No what? I think I like it better!

  • angak

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    wimp. check this out: a link to our Fur Rondy, setting up for this weekend. carnival. oudoors.

    weather is forecasting high of 16, low of -2 this weekend. carnival will be packed. we’re tough. carnival perusing with a spiked hot chocolate—-even better!

    http://www.furrondy.net/

  • angak

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    and I guess I still have Maui on my mind!

  • steve2-in-la

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Just remember folks, it’s “infotainment”. Not reality.

  • michael-in-phoenix

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    What’s left to talk about? You’ve all got it pretty well covered. My latest peeve…

    …is when cooks I like to watch because of their food and the things I might learn feel the need to bring their CHILDREN, grownup or still school-age, onto the show for some unknown reason. Or their spouses.

    Oy.

    I cook with my kids, ok? Have for YEARS. But I don’t do so when other people are watching, as it is more a private little bonding thing, at least it is for me. It is laborious and more than a little B-O-R-I-N-G to watch Lidia, as she violates her show with her own grown STICK of a son, and her darling little grandkids, who have no reason to be there with the cameras ON.

    Oy.

    Charlie, I love ya, man. You know that. But if I have to watch that spoiled, bratty, mouthy, snotty, disrespectful Lainie Bayless one more time, I’m gonna scream! I WILL NOT watch his show if she shows up. Can’t take it. His wife is an overbearing biyotch too. Lainie must be her apprentice. They treat their meal ticket like a dog, in my opinion.

    Oy.

    And I CRIED when I caught wind of how whipped and abused Jacques Pepin is! His wife is a BEAST to him! I’ve actually heard this from people who have witnessed it off-camera first hand. She treats this talented, gentle soul like dirt. Little snippets of it used to come through on his TV show. If you listen carefully, you can hear the hag tear him up at the table. Very sad.

    Oy.

    Rachel Ray and Sandra Lee can have their own threads, as I know the animosity runs high with them. I won’t go there.

    Thank you for listening.

    Michael

  • steve2-in-la

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    You know “the chairman” is really a failed, B-grade chop-socky performer, seen as Wo Fat in the new

    incarnation of “Hawaii 5-0”? At least he has something to fall back on.

  • meryl

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Hahahahahaha! Thanks for the laugh! I love your posts!

  • erininny

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I’m afraid I stand with Mama Cuomo on this one. :)

  • melissa-dallas

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Until they’ve earned their own chops no business at all on the shows.

    It is just a distraction. I’m not watching to see your kids.

  • sallybr

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I had no idea about Pepin’s wife…

    my gosh, if he was not married, a couple of decades older than me, and I was not happily married, I would ask him out… ;-)

    what a charming man! when I read his autobiography, I fell even more in love with his persona.

  • curious1

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I agree, but I object to the tomato soup more than the cottage cheese.

  • curious1

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Nor did I, he doesn’t deserve that. Love to watch him.

  • maycee

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    He was also on Dancing with the Has-Beens. He really does nothing on ICA.

  • meryl

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Good one!

  • traca

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I’m a wimp. I start whining when it hits 35F or below.

  • meryl

    Member
    February 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Check out how she makes chocolate truffles! Disgusting! “Sandra Lee in the March Issue of Vogue”

    http://www.seriouseats.com/talk/2011/02/sandra-lee-in-the-march-issue-of-vogue-kill-me-now.html

  • cynupstateny

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 4:24 am

    She’s being really laid back as the “first girlfriend” as local news calls her. Visiting soup

    kitchens, checking out school lunch programs. Nothing like she is on FN.

  • evan

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Curious and Michael, spill your beans please. How does that work when you don’t have

    to do your own dishes? I have tried to trick DH into doing them, without success. Hypnosis maybe? ;-)

  • evan

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I use cottage cheese in my lasagna all the time. On the other hand, I’m no TV cook ;-)

  • deb-in-mi

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I feel the same way. Love the man. Alone, tho (w/out wife and daughter – ruins the show imho)

  • charlie

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Love ya Rich–you’re a hoot!

  • charlie

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Love ya Michael–you’re a hoot—sorry-it’s early

  • aajay

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Don’t you hate it when someone you’ve decided to hate turns out to be an admirable character? This

    has happened in real life and it’s such a let down.

  • aajay

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 9:30 am

    What really drives me crazy about FN is the way they have turned primetime into a series of wild

    testosterone-driven craziness. Iron Chef, Chopped, Diners, Worst cooks, Disgusting restaurants, etc. Guess they’re trying to play to that young guy demographic where they think all the disposable income is.

  • desertjean

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 9:38 am

    My Iowa upbringing is showing. Cottage cheese was common. Tomato soup, even my mother scoff.

  • michael-in-phoenix

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I wouldn’t mind being just a little rich…

  • michael-in-phoenix

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    My wife informed me of her history. She read an article on her in a non-food magazine…

    …and felt compelled to make me feel guilty for ranting about how I hate the show.

    Three cheers for Sandra Lee’s ability to overcome adversity. Many more razzies for her mindless show.

    Michael

  • joe

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    That’s good to hear. She’s probably a very nice lady. Still,

    I hope she’s not cooking at the soup kitchen either!

  • michael-in-phoenix

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Ouch!!

  • joe

    Member
    February 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I can’t help it. Haven’t the homeless suffered enough already?

  • florisandy

    Member
    February 25, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Me neither! I don’t mind Lidia’s Mom, daughter or grandkids being on her show but her son Joe

    is a major detriment to her show with his overbearing, arrogant, and obnoxious demeanor while standing side-by-side with his Mom, Lidia.

    I just can’t stomach him and wish that Lidia would take one of her wooden spoons and……..!!

  • michael-in-phoenix

    Member
    February 25, 2011 at 11:14 am

    OOOOooooh! You’re KILLIN’ me, Smalls!

    Photobucket

  • michael-in-phoenix

    Member
    February 25, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Ok, I’ll yield to the Ducky from Florida. The MOM is great. She HAS the expertise and the…

    …and the outspoken manner only someone in their 80’s can muster.

    Love her!

    Michael

  • wigs

    Member
    February 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Here’s my 2-cents’ worth==> Why in creation does RR have to go “shopping” at the beginning of

    every show–trotting around her kitchen to pull ingredients out of the fridge and cupboards? What a time-waster for the audience. She should simply ollect everything she needs for the meal she’s presenting and have it on the counter BEFORE the cameras begin rolling, please.

  • sallybr

    Member
    February 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I think she does that on purpose….

    … to “prove” that you can do EVERYTHING, from entering the kitchen to enjoy the food in 30 minutes

    (of course, as others noted already, the said food will be often undercooked so she can reach the finish line before the whistle blows… :-)

    but I agree, it’s annoying to see her trying to balance 12 different items on a large tray as she brings to the countertop

  • dawnnys

    Member
    February 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I know we’re getting close to the 25th? post, so I’ll indent here… Rachel Ray’s “up”

    phrases… cook it UP, fry it UP, serve it UP – does that bug anyone else?

  • marilynfl

    Member
    February 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I can’t watch her at ALL. Something about her voice sounds like a microzester to me.

  • meryl

    Member
    February 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve never seen her wash any of the produce or meat either.

  • michael-in-phoenix

    Member
    February 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    That’s what happens when you talk non-stop while filming 19 different shows per day.

  • curious1

    Member
    February 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Eva, I think dh loves to eat so he wants to make sure I’m willing to cook. If he’s home, he always

    cleans up after me. Since he doesn’t cook, it’s his way of helping out. He also grates cheese, shells shrimp, etc and is the designated salad dressing maker if I’m not making a specialty dressing. He makes delicious oil and vinegar based salad dressing. I guess I’ll keep him.

  • dawn_mo

    Member
    March 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I have started using 1% milk fat cottage cheese in my lasagnas

    and my little Greek quiches. I have been able to make them Weight Watcher’s friendly because of it. I turned up my nose when I saw my sister make her lasagna like this, but to be honest, I cannot tell the difference. I add fresh garlic, spinach and an egg; and then use like ricotta.

  • mariadnoca

    Member
    March 2, 2011 at 3:22 am

    I’ve stopped watching Food Network long ago…couldn’t take it anymore.

  • florisandy

    Member
    March 3, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Funny!! I’m 2 weeks behind here & LOL about this snark thread that I’m just catching up on – T&T???

  • florisandy

    Member
    March 3, 2011 at 1:11 am

    err, under Deviled Eggs – Recipes and Humor. We need to put more in here – TOO many classics

    have been posted but not posted to the funny/absurd category – agreed? Let’s dig ’em up and put more in I say. What do you think?

    http://eat.at/swap/forum38/8_Deviled_Eggs_-_Recipes_and_Humor

  • karennoca

    Member
    March 11, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    I enjoy watching Rachael Ray, now that is on-site at her home. Yet, it drives me batty, when she scratches her head and then continues to cook. Or when she is doing an interview, and she pulls up her sweater sleeve, only to pull it back down again a second later. She is a bit loud and always waves her hands in front of John’s face. Poor guy just sits there so patiently.

    Yet, I continue to watch, somethings about it I find quite humorous, and I do enjoy many of her guests when she allows them to speak a complete sentence. I say this with respect and humor, it is a fun show to watch. She seems to be a very down-to-earth person.

  • karennoca

    Member
    March 24, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Back to Rachael Ray…why is it that most days all she makes is a huge pot of pasta, and a huge pot of veggies, and goes to great length with those huge towels to merge it all together. Her kitchen works for her, but for me, I would go nuts with all that stuff. I get such a kick out of that show….and continue to watch it every day, I must be sick!

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