Rachael Ray: 30 Minute Meals and $40 a Day
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 11:20 AM
I had a friend who forgot to put flour in her chocolate chip cookies once. It happens to all of us once in a while.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 11:27 AM
It's not a criticism of chefs who pre-chop and -measure. The format of their shows and the foods they prepare dictate this. Just as the format of Rachael's show and food she prepares means that she "shops" her shelves.
I asked for and received a good knife for Christmas because of Rachael Ray. I chop much faster and better having watched her. Actually, the rebirth of my love for cooking is due to her. I've picked up some fantastic tips and even when I'm not making anything she did, I really enjoy the process of just being in the kitchen and preparing something.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 11:42 AM
I think I'll make pasta puttanesca for dinner tonight.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 11:48 AM
I may have to try the puttnesca myself. I love the salad she made in that same episode.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 11:56 AM
Semi OT: Anyone notice how Sara Moulton is always saying how easy her dishes are to make at home, but then she'll invariable say at some point, "Of course, at home, you'll take the time to mix this properly," or something similar. I know it's a necessary TV thing, but it can also be a bit deceptive sometimes.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 12:05 PM
Anyone notice how Sara Moulton is always saying how easy her dishes are to make at home...
And then she'll say she's making a 5-ingredient kielbasa casserole, and my ears perk up because I love kielbasa. And 5-ingredient dishes. But one of the ingredients turns out to be mashed potatoes, with the usual butter, cream and seasonings. I call that a sub-dish, not an ingredient. 5 ingredients? I think not, you lying liar!
So I do give RR props for doing it all, start to finish, in 30 minutes. But I still can't stand her personally, so I'm firmly on the dark side.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 12:09 PM
I think the thing that keeps the recipes on most cooking shows from being "quick and easy" is the ingredients used. Who has time or energy to write down copious lists of obscure ingredients, then search for them in the grocery store aisles? That's one thing about RayRay: she uses common ingredients, ones that we all have heard of, and when she uses something a little more exotic, like pancetta, she'll offer a substitute for those who don't have access to it, like bacon. RayRay also tends to use a core group of ingredients over and over again, like EVOO, pasta, canned beans, chicken breasts, cumin, etc., so that if you just stock your kitchen with these items, you can make lots of dishes with them.
As annoying as she is, she really does do some things right. (I think my mind started to change on RayRay when Sandra Lee appeared, and I saw what RayRay is not).
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 12:35 PM
I think the thing that keeps the recipes on most cooking shows from being "quick and easy" is the ingredients used.
Word, Maybelline. The other day I was watching Martha Stewart, and she was doing this quick-cook recipe that called for some kind of green peppercorns canned in liquid brine (not capers, she used those as well) from France. I said to my sister, it's not quick-cook if I have to go all over town to find the ingredients. Maybe my grocery store has canned green peppercorns and I just haven't noticed.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 12:38 PM
(I think my mind started to change on RayRay when Sandra Lee appeared, and I saw what RayRay is not).
I hear you. Sandra Lee is Sauron's hellspawn, so freakishly evil that Ray Ray seems like a genius by comparison. Sandra Lee has become the Mordor-dark standard by which So Many Will Be Measured.
Edited by DeepRed, Jan 8, 2004 @ 12:39 PM.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 12:42 PM
And it don't look like she is faking it either...
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 12:55 PM
gyc, I think you found my recipe! Oddly, it doesn't seem that that episode aired during the time I'm thinking. I wonder if she really did make passing reference to it while making puttanesca (which continues to sound better and better, BTW).
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 1:00 PM
She is only one level above Sandra for me, which in the grand scheme of tv cooks, still isnt that great.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 5:11 PM
I bought some Lite and Lively yogurt and there is a blue drawing of RR on the back of the tub. Weird. Of course the picture was of her smiling.
Edited by jellywager, Jan 8, 2004 @ 5:12 PM.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 5:29 PM
doesn't all of the labels on RR food look fake?
I was thinking this exact same thing yesterday. Her can of chicken stock had the weirdest looking label on it. I, too, thought of some production assistant in a back room whipping up fake labels on the computer!
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 5:44 PM
I, too, thought of some production assistant in a back room whipping up fake labels on the computer!
That would be the best job ever.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 6:35 PM
doesn't all of the labels on RR food look fake?
Yeah...I'm guessing that TFN doesn't want to give any of the food companies free advertising.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 6:43 PM
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 7:42 PM
Also, who wastes cupboard space storing a million tiny bowls? What other use would they have?
*meekly* ... I do. I like to measure everything out in advance when I cook so I'm not caught off guard trying to hunt down something in the middle of the cooking process.
I guess I'm weird.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 9:02 PM
Edited by keckler, Jan 8, 2004 @ 9:26 PM.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 9:12 PM
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 9:15 PM
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 11:36 PM
Also, it makes me feel like I have my own cooking show.
Big ol' hee to biakbiak! That is hilarious.
I seem to recall an article about the fake labels that said that since RR needs to start from scratch by opening all the packages and chopping everything herself, they need to show her opening the "salad in a sack" or whatever. But they don't want to deal with the big companies who make the brand name stuff.
I must put in a plug here for sets of glass bowls like the one you can get at Crate & Barrel. I got one for my wedding and I never thought I would use all of them, especially the tiny ones, but I do! You'll find all sorts of uses, whether you want to use them during cooking or just in prep and serving like me. Or to put on your own cooking show.
Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 8:30 AM
Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 10:46 AM
If I were the PA working on RR's fake can labels I would go completely apeshit and label everything incorrectly to see if folks would notice (like chicken stack, or canned pees). Or I'd write stupid things like, "your mom said take TWO trips".
Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 11:34 AM
Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 11:55 AM
"Take two trips, bitch. Love, Mom"
"DeLISH DeLISH Relish"
I'm bored today.
Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 7:32 PM
"I-Can't-Bake-But-My-Sister-Can Chocolate Sauce"
Or on the fake bottle of nutmeg:
"Makes-You-Go-Hmm" (though she only uses fresh nutmeg, right? I watch too much Food TV--I covet real nutmeg and one of those little graters)
Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 9:20 PM
About that FHM spread linked waaaaaaay back on page 5. That fourth image? Where she's sitting on the counter with the (presumably freshly washed) colander? There's something dripping down her thigh and on her chin. Yeah, it's supposed to be dishwashing foam or whatever. Nevertheless, EWWWWW!!! And what a thing to imply happened where you prepare food. So unsanitary.
Ray Ray is totally Dr. Hibbert with her inappropriate laughter.
Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 10:14 PM
I know I went out and bought both. I even got that microplane grater she uses to zest lemons. I feel pathetic, but my next step is her knife.
I covet real nutmeg and one of those little graters
I watch too much FNTV too.
How about "YUM-O YAMS" HUH? HUH? Good fake label?
Or how about "I Don't Bake Ginger Snaps"?
Edited by jellywager, Jan 10, 2004 @ 12:50 AM.