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Reviewed Double Potato and Halloumi Bake
"Nigella hit a home run with this easy, peasy recipe. Just throw the ingredients in the baking pan and roast away while you unwind from your day. Though the Halloumi is a bit expensive, its worth a try if you've never had it. Think salty mozzarella that browns instead of melting. I am making this tonight with some vegetarian sausages instead and so""
Reviewed Baked Macaroni and Cheese
"I double this recipe for a crafting party and it is a glorious beast! Make sure to use the sharpest, best Cheddar you can. I used 1 teaspoon of onion powder instead of the minced onion and it worked just fine. I also used tradition seasoned bread crumbs for lack of good Panko in the grocery store (don't buy Safeway's Panko!). Highly recommended!"
Hello. I'm a vegetarian (and I DO understand! Thank you very much, obnoxious commercial for Meat and Potatoes (this blogger shares my feelings exactly: http://katywidrick.com/2011/03/15/vegetarians-just-dont-get-it/ ). I'm from the Bay Area and I am a food network addict but would love it if Nigella was played much more, as she is my absolute favorite and I feel that she is underused by Food Network (big mistake). Recipes I've tried and love recently include Alton Brown's Good Eats Baked Macaroni and Cheese. It is divine. I doubled the recipe for a crafting party and it is a glorious beast to behold!
Food Network Personalities I Love:
Nigella Lawson: Perfection in every way. She is unpretentious. She uses a reasonable balance of fresh and prepared ingredients and makes delcious but fuss-free food. She makes you want to cook, which is what Food Network is all about. It doesn't hurt that she is absolutley gorgeous (as a gay man I say this with the utmost respect) and has a winningly passionate personality. She isn't cloyingly sweet and bubbly, nor is she overly serious. In short, I love her.
Giada DeLaurentis: A little annoying but knows her stuff. I am fascinated by her perfect manicure ("Bubble Bath" by O.P.I.) and clean, white, beach-housey kitchen (which I know is not her actual house). I also love a good peeehnne paaahhhsta recipe! "Nowwwww..."
Alton Brown: Says "Uh" a little too much for my taste but I love the original format of Good Eats. Its good to have solid recipes presented for classic dishes.
Tyler Florence: Sexy, a bay area resident, and knows good comfort food.
Ina Garten: The definition of guilty pleasure. How bad could that be? She uses good vanilla and turns up the volume for her gayest of gay friends. Jeffrey loves her and I love her too.
Food Network Personalities that I Hate:
Sandra Lee: Is Food Network playing a joke on us? Its not April Fools Day every day now, is it? This woman is deplorable. She is a drunk with bad taste that cooks from cans. I can only assume that she is still on the air because of ratings which says very little for America's taste in TV. Do people watch her because she is a train wreck and they can't look away? I don't know but I can. I immediatley turn off Food Network when I hear her drawn out "Sooooo Delicioussss" poison the soundwaves of my home. She is certainly not respectable and in my opinion she is a tragic component in what is wrong with Food Network. I could go on but I won't.
Emeril Lagasse: He used to be obnoxiously over-played but Food Network has really cut back on his airtime. I am very grateful. Theres only so many "Bam!"s one can tolerate.
Rachel Ray: Admittedly, I have spent more time than I care to admit watching 30 Minute Meals for lack of better programming. The hand gesturing, the giggles, the overused cutesy but not so cutesy names she gives things: Sammies, Stoups, EVOO... Really, Rach? Lay off the caffeine (or speed). She is strangely watchable, if not repetitive. I suppose thats why she had done so well. I don't hate her, but I'll never love her.
Everyone else I feel less passionate about. I do wish they would give the original Iron Chef some airtime again and I am not a big fan of the timed competition shows like Chopped or Cupcake Wars, but oh well.
All in all, I love Food Network for better or worse.