Sunday, June 29, 2008

Chefs

I like to experiment with food. However, I would not want to be a chef. It just seems like making the same thing over and over would take the fun out of cooking, especially under the intense pressure that they have to deal with on a day to day basis.

We got cable a few weeks ago for the first time in our marriage, and it's actually worked out pretty well. We mostly watch the shows we've recorded on our DVR. I like some of the Food Network shows a lot. Others...not so much. I think you either love Rachael Ray or you can't stand her. I find myself falling into the latter category, although at first I liked her. The funny thing is, it's not really even her personality, although it can be a little grating. It's her recipes. Now, I am ALL about taking shortcuts. But I find again and again that she'll have some well-known recipe that she's doing her take on, and she's taken shortcuts to the point of it not really resembling the original dish at all in the end. You should read the reviews of some of her recipes on the Food Network site...peeps get MAD at her! "This is NOT [insert dish name here]!!" Like I said, I do like shortcuts, but she just takes it too far, IMHO.

I do like Bobby Flay and Mario Batali, though. And Emeril's recipes are growing on me, since it's his banana bread I've been eating, and I just made some awesome pico de gallo from a recipe of his. I don't think I can watch him, though. Just like Braden can't watch Paula ("HEY YA'LL, LET'S MAKE THE MOST FATTENING DISH EVAH!") Deen. :)

Well, I was going to write more, but Jenna's currently testing me by standing up on the couch, and I'm also hungry. Ta-ta for now.

5 comments:

Ryan said...

I like bobby flay too, he did a show on uvm's campus earlier this year which was pretty neat.

And I definitely read somewhere (I think it was USN&WR) that 'chef' was one of the 5 most overrated careers ever because it's totally not what you would think -- and you've nailed the reason on the head. It's not this wonderful fun time in the kitchen experimenting and making new and exotic foods; it's basically making the same stupid recipe a hundred times a day, every day. And that can get old fast, I see easily.

Ryan said...

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_bt/episode/0,2857,FOOD_26696_55019,00.html

That was the episode I referred to; but frankly I don't think it's really fair that he "won" -- a lot of the attraction of Bove's is that you can get truly Awesome italian food for next to NOTHING. So economy is huge there, not so much the taste (though it is, as I said, Awesome)

Ker said...

Yeah, I agree with you on all points. I'd much rather experiment in my own kitchen than be making the same thing over and over. And when my kids want the same thing over and over...I'll do it, but it'll be *boring*! :)

Were you actually there for the throwdown in question?

Looks like you were holding out on me last time I was in VT. You owe me a date to Bove's! :)

Ryan said...

I personally have never actually been to Bove's...but I know where it is, so consider it a date!

annahannah said...

no wonder you are hungry...you just posted about food.