Food Network has been the background noise in my house for a long time.
But lately I find myself losing patience with the shows that used to be appointment TV.
Case in point: Chopped, hosted by Ted Allen.
I can’t count the number of hours I have lost watching this program. When weekend marathons come on, my previous plans fall away. This food competition has had a spot on my DVR list since I purchased the technology.
Yet now I find myself hitting fast-forward, impatient for it to be finished. The format has become too familiar, the judges’ comments tired, the visiting chefs look-a-likes.
(And by this point, even I have a pretty good idea what to do with the basket ingredients, no matter how weird.)
I’m not the only one — Jesse David Fox at Vulture has had his own Food Network burn out. It’s an interesting read.
Take a look.
Posted in Blogs, Commentary, Cooking, Entertainment, Food, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged appointment TV, background noise, blogs, burn out, chefs, chop it off, Chopped, Chopped marathon, commentary, cooking, cooking competition, DVR, entertainment, fast forward, food competition, Food Network, Humor, Jesse David Fox, judges, life, reality, review, Ted Allen, Television, TV, Vulture
My niece dressed as Martha Stewart at her office for Halloween this year. An essential part of her costume?
I realized when she posted a pic that I hadn’t worn an apron in years and have only owned one in my entire life — an apron that I made in my home economics class in high school.
It looked much like the one at left, except mine was constructed out of blue denim.
It featured Snoopy and Woodstock and the dog bowl, too…and I think one of them was holding a sign — appliqued, you understand.
I got an ‘A’ for my sewing job…and I think I could probably still pull it off today.
Not sure my cooking skills would make the same grade.
Posted in Animals, Comics, Cooking, Crafts, Holiday, Humor, Life
Tagged animals, applique, apron, comics, cooking, cooking skills, crafts, denim, dog bowl, grade A, Halloween, Halloween costume, high school, Holiday, home economics class, Humor, life, Martha Stewart, niece, sewing, Snoopy, something's cooking, Woodstock
Kids today have it SO GOOD.
Case in point: Charlotte, the daughter of my friends Amy and Chris.
Charlotte requested an Angry Birds-themed cake for her birthday. Did Amy pick up the phone, call a bakery and order the aforementioned birdie birthday baked good?
She made the entire cast of fierce, feathered friends in fondant. All by HERSELF.
Charlotte is one lucky little girl.
And Amy is rockin’ creative!
Posted in Animals, Children, Cooking, Design, Foods, Friends, Games, Humor, Life
Tagged Angry Birds, animals, baked good, bakery, birthday cake, birthdays, children, cooking, creative, design, feathered friends, fondant, Foods, friends, games, Humor, kids, life, shoot the moon
Well, I did it. I bought a whole watermelon at the store.
And now I have five pounds of regret in my refrigerator.
I usually spring for the over-priced containers of pre-sliced melon. I know they are gouging me, but it’s convenient…and I can eat that much.
Sure, that monstrosity in my frig was a bargain, but once I cut it — I’m gonna have to eat it all…or end up throwing half of it way.
Guess what I’m having for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next few days?
Posted in Commentary, Cooking, Food, Green, Health, Humor, Life, Nature
Tagged commentary, convenience, cooking, food, fruit, green, Health, Humor, life, melon balls, nature, refrigerator, regret, watermelon
I saw this on TV — more than once — during a Saturday movie matinee.
I searched online for more information, and finally went for it when I saw it was also sold at Bed Bath & Beyond. Funnier still…
The sucker really works.
The TV ads for the Stone Wave Ceramic Cooker promised omelets without butter or margarine in a minute-and-a-half. The chimney in the lid is the secret — it steams the food.
It comes with a recipe book for apple crisp, mashed sweet potatoes, french onion soup — a whole menu of dishes that require minimal oils or butter and are ready in a matter of minutes.
Based on the cheese omelet I had for dinner tonight, I am very pleased with my investment –
$10 well spent.
Posted in Advertising, Commentary, Cooking, Food, Humor, Internet, Life, Shopping, Television
Tagged advertising, apple crisp, Bed Bath & Beyond, butter, cheese, commentary, cooking, food, french onion soup, Humor, Internet, it really works, life, margarine, omelet, potato, recipe book, Saturday matinee, shopping, steamed food, Stone Wave Ceramic Cooker, Television, TV
When Hurricane Sandy devastated portions of New York and New Jersey last October, my Upper West Side neighborhood didn’t even lose power.
To say we were lucky doesn’t even cover it.
That’s why I am excited to have the opportunity to participate in National Dine Out Day – to eat out at one of the many restaurants that are donating a percentage of today’s sales to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
And the great thing is…you can, too! Restaurant chains across the country — in practically every state — are taking part. Check the list to see if there is a participating location near you, and dine out to make a difference!
If your state didn’t make the list, you can still donate to the cause here.
Posted in Cooking, Food, Life, Love, Restaurants, Weather
Tagged cooking, donations, food, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, Jersey Strong, life, love, National Dine Out Day, New Jersey, New York, restaurant chains, restaurants, Upper West Side, weather
Do you find it so stressful to shop, cook and clean dishes that you would rather not eat all?
Rob Rhinehart does.
He’s a software engineer in Atlanta who found it hard to find time for all food-related activities.
But he did find time to research what nutrients his body needs to survive and created Soylent, a drink mixture of vitamins and minerals.
Now he drinks Soylent for 90 percent of his meals. He doesn’t find the nutrition drink boring and has actually lost the taste for other foods…although he does say in his blog that he still enjoys sushi.
I’m guessing his taste buds have surrendered…
Or just don’t have the strength to complain.
Posted in Blog, Commentary, Cooking, Food, Health, Humor, Internet, Life, Philosophy
Tagged Atlanta, blog, clean dishes, commentary, cook, cooking, food, food shop, Health, Humor, Internet, life, no accounting for taste, nutrients, nutrition drink, philosophy, Rob Rhinehart, Soylent, sushi, taste buds
This is in Times Square in 10 days. And, yes, I bought my ticket.
Posted in Cooking, Entertainment, Food, Humor, Life, Restaurants, Travel
Tagged bacon, bacon bash II, cooking, entertainment, food, Humor, iadventure.com, life, New York City, NYC, oink, pig, restaurants, Times Square, Travel