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Geophile  (Level: 157.2 - Posts: 1510)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 2:19 PM


Do you find that when the world news is just too overwhelming and reruns too boring, you sit in front of the TV and watch comfort food television - Food Network? Who is your favorite chef and why? I understand this is Emeril's last can only get so much mileage out of "Bam!" Do you actually make any of the delicious things they tempt us with? Let's face it, most of us love food!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 2:32 PM

Count me in as a world class food lover! Really, I enjoy most of the Food Network stars even though I rarely actually make anything on the shows.

My favorite food shows are "Top Chef" and "Hell's Kitchen" -- the reality shows. I also enjoy Chef Gordon Ramsey's new show where he visits the kitchens of failing restaurants. The contest show on Food Network where chefs compete to be the next FN star is fun to watch. These shows combine my love of food and reality, mixing them both into a luscious treat.

The Iron Chef competitions are fascinating.

The only chef that I really don't care for is Rocko. His ego overstomps his good lucks and culinary skills.


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 2:52 PM

Gordon Ramsey is the only chef for me! And keep that Rachel Ray person and that treacly southern lady a-way over yonder.

Chyenn  (Level: 200.8 - Posts: 1332)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 2:55 PM

it's hard to chose just one.

Paula Dean is such a hoot. Mouthwatering southern recipes combined with her down-home charm makes her a delight.

i also enjoy the Barefoot Contessa. Ina Garten makes the most sophisticated recipe look easy and i envy her decorating skills.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 2:58 PM

I don't watch anything on TV that has to do with household chores.

Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 2:58 PM

I agree with Chyenn. Paula Deen and Barefoot Contessa.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 3:00 PM

I take it back. Phitzy has a friend on myspace that's my favorite Chef. If you can get Phitz to send you the link, I particularly enjoyed the show about making no bake cookies.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 3:07 PM

Confession: The Food Network, for me, is like buying an exercise video with the intention of working out - turning it on, taking a break, watching the video and saying to myself "I could do that!"

I like watch chefs at work, but I'm more of a "compiler" than a "cook."

"I also like quotation marks."

" "

Rev66  (Level: 86.4 - Posts: 85)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 4:15 PM

I love Barefoot Contessa and envy her her kitchen. I have made many of her recipes.

I have found Alton Brown "Good Eats" to be very informative and enjoyable.

I watch Paula Deen for enjyment but my veins stick shut when I watch her show so there is no telling what will happen if I try her recipes. A tick of butter and a cup of mayo per recipe - NOT!!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 5:25 PM

Omigosh! That was supposed to read "good looks" -- not lucks. Hahahaha!


Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 5:54 PM

For me Paula Deen and Barefoot Contessa are two of my favorites.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 5:59 PM

My wife blocked the Food Channel.

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.1 - Posts: 3769)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 6:05 PM

Several are great. I made an Emeril inspired Cajun turkey for Thanksgiving. Chen Kenichi, Iron Chef Chinese from the original, and far superior to the current Americanized version, was someone from whom I picked up several ideas.

Tmj302  (Level: 53.5 - Posts: 129)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 6:11 PM

I miss Julia Child. She was a hoot. Can't stand Paula Deen - "southern home-cooking" to me does not start with a bag of frozen hashbrowns to make mashed potatoes. And does she have stock in Philadelphia cream cheese?

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 7:15 PM

Paula Deen was the treacly southern lady I was talking about. She gives me the yips. I heard her on Diane Rehm's radio show and the cornpone and molasses were laid on with a trowel. I was born and spent most of my life in the south, and NOBODY is that southern! She's the aural equivalent of Tammy Fay Bakker's makeup.

So I was listening to her relate the highlights of her rags-to-riches story, in hopes of stirring interest in the purchase of her latest book just in time for Christmas. She told how she'd divorced her husband of 27 years for drinking beer on Christmas, then shared the poignant tale of meeting her second husband, after begging Jesus to send her a new love to fill her empty life following the end of a ten-year affair with a married man.

I near 'bout fell outta the car.

Xhoney1  (Level: 75.5 - Posts: 185)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 7:41 PM

I absolutely love Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Show...everything from her main dishes and side dishes, her slow cooker recipes, her desserts, her cocktails, and her tablescapes...I watch her most everyday, she is definitely my favorite

Giada DeLaurentis, Sarah Moulton, and Tyler Florence are also up there in my book.

Geophile  (Level: 157.2 - Posts: 1510)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 9:35 PM

Oh that is too funny, Smoke! I heard Paula talking to a group of ladies, telling them how poor she was and she didn't leave her house for twenty years because of agoraphobia.
Then she said her boys were so cute "I should've pimped them out." I about died of shock. She's the only person who can turn a one syllable word into three...oooyyyyaaal (oil). The "y'all" and the butter really get overdone!

I am surprised that Ina Garten (Contessa) is such a favorite. I absolutely envy her lifestyle and her cooking skills. I've made a few of her dishes and they turned out super.

I thought Rachel would be in the lead. Rachel and her charming voice seem to be quite everywhere these days but not much mention of her here.

How about the really skinny cooks? HOW can one be as thin as Sandra or Giada and eat the way they do? What am I doing wrong?

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 9:55 PM

I love Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa). I used to watch Rachel Ray but the hubby found her stressful. We enjoy Ina because she's so mellow. Guy (my spousal abuse unit) says it's because she's snockered all the time.
PS Spousal abuse unit is one of the many amusing names we call each other. It makes us happy.

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Sun, 9th Dec '07 1:43 PM

There is nobody like Bobby Flay. Classy, great chef, and handsome (in my opinion).

I also enjoy Iron Chef America and Good Eats with Alton Brown.

I do not like Paula Deen at all, but I've never seen Rachel Ray so I can't comment on her.


Sheri Ras.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 9th Dec '07 2:19 PM

What a great question on one of my favortie subjects - food!
Emeril Lagasse & Bobby Flay definitely tops as a favorites -
I always loved watching Julia Child too - used to make bets on who'd get more wine - the chef or the food!

We love Iron Chef and I think my grandparents could kick Mario Batali's behind!
The competitions show on the elaborate cakes are always fun and interesting - the Halloween cake competition this year was amazing!

Even though Top Chef is on Bravo and I am not big on reality TV - we love that show too - it is very interesting to see the different things that people come up with for the same ingredients.

I know many people view food as just the fuel one has to consume to live - not me!

Cooking has always been a part of my life - My Texas grandmother was a great meat & potatoes cook - her homemade rolls simply could not be beat - and then when my Dad married my Mom when I was 9 (step - but I consider her MY MOM) - and brought South Louisiana Cajun Cooking into my life - that was it...spice IS life! Our family is all about "family and food" - preparing a meal is a family event - and always fun...and I'm even had to become a distributor for what I consider the best spices in the world to "feed" my habit of having everything available at my fingertips LOL!

Even my kids are in on it - when my son was 10 years old - he actually beat me in a chili contest - for those that ARE cooks - he added cinnamon plus a few other different ingredients - it was just the thing! And on the top of their Christmas wish list is "Ratatouille" - go figure

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sun, 9th Dec '07 8:06 PM

Unfortunately, I have the privilege of watching the Food Network. I'm going to make this short, so all I can say is that "If the recipes and cholesterol don't kill you, you will go broke buying the junk they put on the table." Paula Dean and her butter or some Size 4 putting booze in anything, including herself as she cooks. It is a ridiculous channel and I am glad that my mother and all the other women before her don't have to see what a kitchen can turn into.

Pocahontas1951  (Level: 55.4 - Posts: 172)
Sun, 9th Dec '07 8:16 PM

Alton Brown is my favorite and my husband enjoys watching him too and has asked for his book for Christmas. He is informative and funny.

Geophile  (Level: 157.2 - Posts: 1510)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 1:02 AM

Bill - your comments are priceless!

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 6:46 AM

We watched the holiday cake challenge last night. Obviously there is no way in the world that any typical person could do anything that was put together and presented for this challenge - but it was truly amazing to me to see what was done.

We also watched the Bobby Flay throwdown with gingerbread houses - The Mary Todd Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln House was adorable.

Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 11:26 AM

Paula Deen is not a chef, but a cook. There is a difference!! I like her because she is herself. I was sorry to see Mario Batali leave in September and I really hate to see Emeril leave tomorrow, but we will still have the re runs. All the chefs on the Food Network do a wonderful job and I watch all of them, regardless if I like them or not. Although, Gordon Ramsay, who is not on the network, is a very colorful fellow with his shows, Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. I really like to watch those on Fox Reality and the BBC.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 3:56 PM

Not on the food network, but because of my induction into cajun life, I enjoyed the shows and the humor of Justin Wilson

Essie - I know you may not have heard of him because of being up north - but he was a truly enjoyable character - way before the Food network!

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 686)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 5:36 PM

I dont' get the food network, (I wish I did) - but on Saturday afternoon on PBS, they have a few cooking shows and I like to watch them. They give out good tips and I find them relaxing - and maybe I find inspiration as well (and hunger)LOL! I
enjoy America's Test Kitchen - reruns of Julia's Kitchen, Jacques Pepin, and a few Italian and Asian ones too.


Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 6:15 PM

Kaelin, JW was one of my favorites also. He used everyday ingredients and didn't bother with formalities. I really enjoy the Cajun influence although I have had to give up some of the spicier dishes. Miss those corny jokes of his too. Paul Prudhomme is another favorite. I still use his "fast" method of making a roue.

Bigbird  (Level: 236.2 - Posts: 3300)
Tue, 11th Dec '07 10:56 PM

I too enjoy Alton Brown, but I also love Giada deLaurentis. I think she is genuine, and truly loves what she is doing. It is a pleasure to watch her. Now, if I only had her figure, and could eat all that Nutella that she downs...


Mindmonkey  (Level: 268.4 - Posts: 295)
Wed, 12th Dec '07 8:20 PM

Alton Brown is great. I really liked his "on the road" shows the last two summers. Whenever I see Giada's show about spending a weekend somewhere, I think she's be just a heck of a lot of fun on a date. Her Italian cooking show is really interesting too.

Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6037)
Wed, 12th Dec '07 8:26 PM

I use to love Justin Wilson and really miss his shows! I also like Emeril at times depending on what he is cooking.


Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 12th Dec '07 8:41 PM

Justin Wilson was such a hoot! He introduced many of us to Cajun cooking, and for that I am forever grateful. Basically, he taught us that almost all recipes require garlic, onion (can you ever forget his pronunciation?), something hot and spicy (usually Tabasco sauce), green pepper and white wine. We were never certain if more of the wine went into the dish or into the cook. What a character! I'm certain that he and Paul Prudhomme did more to further Louisiana style cooking than any other chefs, including Emeril -- who I also like very much.

Vive la Justin! (Yes, I know he's long gone...but his influence lives on)


Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Wed, 12th Dec '07 9:20 PM

I used to sit with my grandfather & listen to the Justin Wilson comedy LP's (remember those !?!) - he was a VERY funny man

ON (with the o going on a bit) - YUUUUUUN

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 12th Dec '07 9:28 PM

You nailed it, Kaelin!


Tuzilla  (Level: 131.1 - Posts: 3769)
Thu, 13th Dec '07 9:41 AM

I really liked him, and his recipes where excellent. I have made a few. However, I have had 3 or 4 acquaintances for Louisiana say that his accent was phony...they frequently caught him making errors in the dialect. It was no real biggie to them, or me, because his food was great. It was just an amusing side bar item...same goes for Paula Deen and her overdone accent and great food.

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