Sunday, October 11, 2009

I LOVE cooking shows!

For a while I was on a Rachael Ray kick but she uses ingredients that aren't too common for my pantry so I took a hiatus but still continued to watch her 30 minute meals. I even invested in a few of the 30 minute meal cookbooks. Yum-O! :) However, most of the 30 minute meals I prepared were about an HOUR and 30 minutes! :) Still, they were delicious!

So now I'm a big follower of my friend Melissa with her $10 Dollar Dinners! :) Yea Melissa! I'm so proud of her for following her dream of being the Next Food Network Star! I wish she was given a higher budget -- even $20 dinners would be a little better. Most people I know would feel VERY comfortable and still feel like it was a bargain feeding a family of four on $20. Hey Food Network, are you listening?!

Another guy I like is Guy from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I just wish it wasn't so much as just watching other people make stuff that I'll never get to eat. He travels the country over going to diners, drive-ins and dives to find unique fare. Generally, he's right on the money with the places he finds! Like I said, however, it's highly unlikely that I'll visit 99% of the places he goes.

So, what's a girl to do? Tune in to Paula Deen of course! :) Although her "yauuuuul" (pronounced ya'll in Texas) can sometimes grate on my nerves along with the way she says PEA-cans instead of puh-kahns, I can completely overlook that becuase the food she prepares not only looks delicious, it's HOME COOKING with ingredients most everyone has in their pantry and/or fridge. I've got so many of her shows bookmarked and saved or marked "keep until I delete" that I fear I may run out of Ti-Vo space! I'm on a mission now to get on my paperback swap account and get lots of her cookbooks!

I just wish I had the time to do them all! :) Who doesn't love a cook that believes everything is better with butter?! Ha!


MaryC said...

Have you seen Emeril Green on Discovery? Awesome show. I have used several of his recipes and they turned out great.
I too, love cooking shows because I love to cook. If only the kitchen would clean itself up, IYKWIM.

chksngr said...

I'm an Ina Garten fan...I have two of her cookbooks as well as Michael Chiarello. BUT my favorite cooking show of all time is Everyday Food. I LOVE how simple and easy the recipes are and how fresh they all taste...I know, its a Martha Stewart program, but its not really Martha Stewart-ish....I got the cookbooks "Real Food Fast" by them...FABULOUS...and I love the magazine too...its like a Reader's Digest of food.