I think the second the first leaf hits the ground anywhere in the US an alarm sounds everywhere, and pumpkin flavored everything hits the shelves, the coffee shops, and donut emporia; IT’S PUMPKIN SEASON!  People across the land rejoice. Social media lights up like, well, like a Jack O Lantern. There are plenty of […]

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About one hundred years ago, when I was growing up television food programming included two chefs Julia Child, seen on PBS stations, and Graham Kerr, known as The Galloping Gourmet. I remember my mom being an avid fan of Kerr’s, he was goofy and charismatic, and British, and drank copious amounts of wine. That was […]

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  • October 27, 2014 - 11:03 am

    Michelle - I get what you area saying here! I have watched these shows and mostly I am thinking….what the hell?
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    • October 27, 2014 - 11:49 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Michelle, those are my thoughts exactly! I never thought I’d miss Rachael Ray…ReplyCancel

  • October 27, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    Kendra @ Prepping Parties - Great post! I completely agree. I loved all of the actual cooking shows that were on Food Network about 10 years ago – Cooking Live with Sara Moulton & Emeril … those were the days! Ina Garten is my favorite but she’s a rarity now with the constant competition programming and continual overplaying of Diners, Drive Ins & Dives (I’ve gotten my fill of seeing Guy Fieri chow down on an outrageously constructed burger).ReplyCancel

  • October 27, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    Sarah @ LeftBrainBuddha - I have to admit I LOVE MasterChef — It amazes me the things people can just whip up on the spot (and make pasta from scratch!!) I used to like Hell’s Kitchen but it just got too mean and ego-driven for me ;) I guess I like the competition shows because I watch them more for amazement than to actually learn how to cook — although I do feel like they have helped me be more comfortable with experimenting and trusting my instincts when I cook, because I am — shocker — usually a “follow the recipe” kinda gal!
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  • October 27, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    Criss Roberts - I keep reading that these sort of reality shows are over. If it were only true.ReplyCancel

    • October 30, 2014 - 6:52 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Criss- Indeed!ReplyCancel

  • October 27, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    Kendra Staley - Great post! I completely agree. I loved all of the actual cooking shows that were on Food Network about 10 years ago – Cooking Live with Sara Moulton & Emeril … those were the days! Ina Garten is my favorite but she’s a rarity now with the constant competition programming and continual overplaying of Diners, Drive Ins & Dives (I’ve gotten my fill of seeing Guy Fieri chow down on an outrageously constructed burger). ReplyCancel

  • October 27, 2014 - 11:56 pm

    Tina - Tina B's World - I remember watching Dom DeLuise when I was younger. There was another whose catchphrase was “I gar-on-tee.” I remember watching Julia Child too.
    Everything is a competition now. You can’t earn things based on your own merit. Your have to out-merit a bunch of other people to get recognition. I like Cake Boss and shows like that, although I do love a good “Cupcake War” once in a blue moon.
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    • October 30, 2014 - 6:51 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Tina,
      I remember Dom Deluise, but only vaguely. There are a few shows left that I like, but very few.ReplyCancel

  • October 29, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    Erin Owen - We want YOU to create your own mini show on YouTube to revive the old days! I too have stopped watching Food Network because most of the content seems so contrived. I liked Melissa D’Arabian’s $10 dinners though because I learned really useful tips for cooking good food on a budget for a family.ReplyCancel

    • October 30, 2014 - 6:50 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Erin, I am working on it, watch for the soon to be released “Carve your turkey like a rock star!”>ReplyCancel

  • October 30, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    Peggy Gilbey - Hi Nancy, I very much enjoyed reading this Post the other day but did not have a free second to comment. The evolution of food has been interesting with many camps of folks, those who have made great strides into the awareness and development of eating good food, supporting local sources and on… So many people seem interested in food and cooking and photos- yet I keep running into so many folks who still cannot or do not cook, it begs a question. And then, the Food Network. To me, it almost seems a disassembling of all the great strides that have been made- when people see these programs do they believe that there is a talent in combining strange ingredients? or this rapid cooking- where the food barely gets onto the plate in time- its crazy. I am in your camp and have stopped watching this channel- my former ‘go to’ channel – to unwind, it is disappointing. I do believe the better service is instructional cooking, and it is more interesting. There is plenty to share and I think the Food Network is doing a disservice in their provision of what really in my opinion, amounts to ‘un-reality’ television. Thanks for your insights. Great article. ReplyCancel

It is a shame that boneless-skinless chicken breasts are the go-to chicken for most people, rather than the far superior (in my estimation) bone-in, skin on,chicken thighs. I think there are a number of reasons for this, and none of them have anything to do with flavor. Some people can’t deal with chicken bones (or […]

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  • October 23, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Hi Nancy, Hope you are feeling much improved. We’ve been in the midst of game travel, tailgating, and hosting friends, including the parents of one of our former teammates in from Wales who have just left this morning. (and I’ve been doing quite a lot of cooking the past couple of weeks, and not Posting!) still, thinking of you and hope you are back to yourself. Definitely in your camp on the chicken thighs which provide so much flavor! Chicken breast has its place too, and I do prefer it cubed in Indian dishes with lots of spices. Today’s chicken thigh dish looks great and hope to give it a try! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • October 23, 2014 - 3:20 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Peggy, as always, great to hear from you! I am almost restored to health… Sounds like you’ve been having fun!ReplyCancel

I don’t think there are too many people who enjoy being sick, but sometimes it can signal a moment to stop, and rest and let your body heal. I am way past that moment! I don’t get sick very often, and generally, if and when I do it lasts a few days, and I sleep […]

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  • October 16, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Jennie@Got My Reservations - I would choose Garces. I think Flay might be an arrogant partner. Having had some light vertigo and also some chronic tiredness, I feel your pain. I hope you get better soon! I miss your cooking.ReplyCancel

    • October 16, 2014 - 9:44 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Jennie! I am a bit partial to Garces because of the Philly thing, but I think it would be fun to cook with either one, if I could calm my nerves. I miss my cooking too. My daughter and I plan to try making gnocchi this weekend, so stay tuned!ReplyCancel

  • October 17, 2014 - 12:23 am

    Aussa Lorens - Nancy, I am so sad you are sick. I hope you get better soon– though I am pretty sure you could use this as an excuse to quarantine yourself for a minimum of 21 days. And by “quarantine” I mean PAAAARRRRTAAAAY!ReplyCancel

    • October 20, 2014 - 9:36 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Aussa, not sure how I missed this until today. Thanks for the well wishes, sadly I don’t feel up to much partying, unless it’s a sleepover (or nap-over).ReplyCancel

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