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Monday, August 03, 2009

What's Cookin'?

I didn't make it to San Francisco. Boo!

On the plus side, I am feeling a little bit better. Good enough to (gasp) cook tonight after I came home from work. And, if I say so myself, dinner was pretty good. Here is the "recipe", should you feel inclined to try it yourself:

Cacciatore sauce from Trader Joe's (thank God for pre-made sauces)
Whole wheat corkscrew pasta
Frozen peas
Pre-cooked shrimp

So, yeah, basically all you do is cook the pasta, and while you're doing that, simmer the sauce and add the frozen peas and pre-cooked shrimp. Then add the cooked pasta, stirring it into the sauce. Put however much you want into a bowl, add some crumbled feta, and you're done! In half an hour, tops.

You can tell I'm running really low on blog ideas, can't you?

But speaking of cooking, I read an interesting article on about the irony of the fact that cooking shows are super popular, yet people don't really cook that much anymore. I found it interesting, because frankly, while I don't go out of my way to watch cooking shows, if I happen to be in a place where other people are watching (say, the conference room in our office at lunchtime, for example), I do get kind of enthralled. Which is weird, because I don't cook. I mean, unless you count what I did tonight (throwing pre-made, pre-cooked things together) cooking.

Anyway, I thought I'd pose the question: do any of you enjoy watching cooking shows? If so, which ones? And have you ever tried to actually cook any of the recipes that were demonstrated on a show? If so, was it a terrible mistake?


  • At 10:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    There was a time that I was hooked on the cooking show genre but, in the last couple of years that has waned much.

    I began to see a pattern with all the chefs/cooks. It got to the point that I began to criticize certain techniques and ingredients sometimes.

    Also, watching anyone doing a dessert was a big turn-off for me. I've always deemed that to be unappealing. Sugar, eggs, milk and here we are.....AGAIN. Plus, in my book, dessert is not food. I'm sure such a statement offends some lower classes that routinely eat Frosted Flakes for dinner.

    What has recently piqued my fancy profoundly are travel programs linked to food and good times like Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations", Adam Richman's "Man Versus Food", Andrew Zimmern's "Bizarre Foods" and a bevy of themed others that are all part of the Travel Network.

    I have found better insight to preparing food from watching other cultures prepare theirs' and Bourdain is a master of explaining anything deemed to be a departure for his North American audience.


  • At 11:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love Rachel Ray...I've actually made several of the dishes I've seen on the show...and they've turned out DELICIOUS! One has become a favorite of my husband's.

  • At 5:13 PM , Blogger Beth said...

    I used to faithfully watch an Italian American chef on PBS back when I went to community college. My sister and I would watch PBS on Saturday mornings--like cartoons for kids!--and we loved Nick Stellino. He always had great stories about growing up and how his grandmother used to make stuff, etc. He made it look simple and easy too, but not in a Rachel Ray sort of way. :)

    I've never really tried cooking stuff demonstrated on cooking shows, mostly because the ingredients tend to be expensive and I don't have the patience for all the little steps. However, I still love cooking when I have the time. I've never been a huge cook, but I can follow a recipe for sure. Growing up, we never ate pre-made, pre-cooked stuff because we could never find that in Africa, so I'm used to everything being cooked from scratch.

  • At 7:30 PM , Anonymous Carl G. said...

    It wasn't on TV, but I think the best ever "cooking show" is a movie titled Babette's Feast. The preparation, presentation and consumption of good food is portrayed in a richly multilayered and deeply nuanced foray into the overt and covert meanings and possible interpretations of culinary art.

  • At 8:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I loved Babet's Feast! And...Frosted Flakes are a delicious dessert!
    How can you enjoy the complicated, if you can't enjoy the simple.
    Not that my kids will eat Frosted Flakes...but I maintain that they are a little insane.

  • At 8:26 AM , Blogger JerryNJ said...

    "Like Watrer For Chocolate" is also a fine motion picture. Its book, however, details the food aspect of the story significantly better.

    Note of interest for the hollywood and the culinary aficionado, "Julie & Julia" will soon be in theaters near you.

    BTW, a short video here of the lower classes enjoying Frosted Flakes as a meal:


  • At 10:37 AM , Blogger grackyfrogg said...

    i love dessert. love love love it.

    Babette's Feast is a good story. i haven't seen the movie, though. actually, come to think of it, i don't think i've read the story! i've just read summaries of it in books that talk about the story so they can illustrate some other point! how funny.

    i was watching Giada the other day with one of my roommates, and i have to say, i kinda want to try my hand at a couple of her recipes. i know, it's pretty shocking. i mean, honestly, who AM i anymore?

    maybe chemotherapy's effects were more than just hair deep.


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