Rachael Ray: 30 Minute Meals and $40 a Day
Posted Jun 15, 2011 @ 5:38 PM
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Edited by tinalou09, May 6, 2012 @ 1:44 AM.
Posted May 7, 2012 @ 5:18 PM
It would shock me if it was, because it's a cash cow for FN. Go figure.
Has 30 Minute Meals been cancelled?
I'm not a fan of RayRay's, more so because of her personality than her recipes (though they don't do much for me either, but at least she cooks w/ fresh ingredients & no seasoning packets. Ahem). I was interested in the Week In A Day show, because I thought that given more time, the types of meals she'd make would be different, because she had no time constraints. I find, however, that she makes essentially the same stuff she makes on 30 Minute Meals- lots of macaroni, Mexican, & quick-cooked meats. I thought we'd see more braises, & more complicated (not hard, but not 30 minute) meals. Also, while I couldn't stand Robin Miller, her concept of transforming the leftovers from one meal into a different 2nd meal is great, & right up RayRay's alley, not to mention perfect for this show concept. Also, the show is 1 hour long, so I expect to see a higher grade of recipe or meal plan. I find it very disappointing overall.
Posted Jun 20, 2012 @ 1:07 AM
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Posted Jun 20, 2012 @ 8:42 PM
I religiously watch A Week In a Day too. But I must admit, some days I need a slightly quicker meal to cook...plus I have watched 30 minute meals so long it is a hard habit. LOL
Posted Jun 21, 2012 @ 7:34 AM
I love how she always does one meatless meal for Week in a Day. I've never tried a bad recipe from her.
Posted Jun 21, 2012 @ 8:29 PM
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Posted Aug 12, 2012 @ 11:06 PM
I am ok with RR now that she has calmed back down (she was overly frenetic several years back). I can't say that I have made many of her recipes, although many of the week-in-a-day recipes look more appealing to me than the 30 minute ones. With the latter - too many "burgers" that were always to big. In fact, that is my biggest issue with RR - her portion size ranges between too large and _way_ too large.
The episode run this morning still had her trying to promote her own language - that stupid stoup term. She needs to let that go.
Posted Oct 14, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Edited by tinalou09, Oct 14, 2012 @ 7:31 PM.
Posted Oct 19, 2012 @ 4:55 PM
I like Rachael, I'm glad to know other people still do too. I've made many of her recipes and haven't really had a bad one yet either. A favorite is her mexican lasagna with pico de gallo rice, and her chicken satay stir-fry with orange scented jasmine rice. I really like a Week in a Day as well and watch it every Sunday.
Posted Oct 19, 2012 @ 7:55 PM
I love A Week in a Day but if 30 Minutes is gone, I will be sad. That is the show that first hooked me into FoodTV before reality and competitions shows took over.
Posted Oct 21, 2012 @ 1:44 AM
I know her main demographic is white, suburban housewives in their 50's...well, I'm white.
Before she became manic, I actually bought a couple of her 30MM books. If you knew what you were doing, you could make the stuff edible. What's interesting is the complete disconnect from her attempts to be "healthy" on this show vs. the triple-layered sour cream, guac, salsa fritatta mess she claimed as her own on the talkshow last week. Thank God it was impossible to figure out how to eat because it would send your cholesterol through the roof. And not in a good way.
FWIW, her "running" isn't helping. I'm built like her and too bad, so sad, she has to clean up the DiET before she loses weight. As we age, it's more about diet and exercise than genetics. She needs to start practicing what she "preaches" to get tax exemptions. Then sit back and watch the $$$$$ roll in on QVC as she makes millions shilling really bad cookware (I'd freak out if my stove caught fire because flakes of color from the cookware started falling off).
Posted Oct 21, 2012 @ 7:23 AM
I am white, age 50, live in the suburbs, and am married, and I can't stand her. I do have a job, so maybe that's it? :)
I know her main demographic is white, suburban housewives in their 50's...well, I'm white.
I used to watch $40/Day and liked that because it wasn't just all her and I really like the travel/restaurant shows. But that's gone now.
I watched 30MM back at the beginning, but the food never looked very good and her manic personality became such a turn-off. I remember one episode in particular that I forced myself to watch all the way through because it was somehow tied in to a visit she had made to Nova Scotia and we had just been there. She told the exact same story about four different times at warp speed and I remember wondering why she didn't just tell the story once at a normal speed? That was probably the last episode I watched the whole way through. I also posted in this thread a couple of years ago at Christmas time because I saw part of an episode where she made guacamole, drizzled it with pomegranate syrup, then served it atop sweet potato pancakes! What??? That is disgusting in so many ways, I can't count them all.
This new show -- five separate meals cooked on one day and eaten almost a week later -- I have no idea who that is supposed to appeal to. I watched one time because I could not believe that was really going to be the concept. It was, so I didn't watch anymore.
Edited by vera charles, Oct 21, 2012 @ 7:24 AM.
Posted Oct 21, 2012 @ 8:00 AM
Posted Oct 21, 2012 @ 11:07 AM
My main complaint with Rachel's recipes on either show is that the portion size is way too large, unless your whole family is digging ditches all day.
Posted Oct 21, 2012 @ 12:30 PM
I just watched the end of this week's episode. She dumped about 2 cups of bechemel sauce (or in her world, "bch") and probably two cups of fontina - not a low fat cheese - over a squash "laaagne." Sure, I don't like squash much, but that's not the way to hide it from kids, which is a concept she hangs her hat on these days. Sure, they get their "veg" (stealing from the Brits), but at the cost of butter, white flour, white pasta and an assload of cheese?
No thanks. I'll just eat the lasagna I make; I'll sub lean meats and cheeses, and use whole grain pasta and NO "bech," just some meat sauce to coat the bottom of the pan.
If I want and easy "veg" casserole, eggplant parm is not nearly as complicated.
Still looking for room, especially with her bakeware, some of which is rounded, some squared off. I guess you have to cover those ill-designed things (how on earth does one have room to store them?) with plastic directly over and down into the sides of the food. Covering the entire pan lets into too much air and is basically counterintuitive in its design, since you end up covering the grip ends, of which she's so proud.
Sorry, you'd have to pay me to buy her cookware and dinner ware (I heard her braying on QVC the other day and stopped for a few minutes to see what she was shilling this time). The latter, with its raised sides, would chip in a heartbeat.
Sorry, the woman is playing people like a violin. She's a liar and a kiss-ass whose stories change to suit her demographics.
Posted Oct 21, 2012 @ 2:41 PM
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Posted Oct 21, 2012 @ 7:31 PM
I always thought that the casserole dishes with the low sides would be goofy in real life, she's always overfilling them (which works on TV, lets you see what is in the solid vessel).
Me too. A few weeks ago I was examining one at some outlet store and got to see just how low the sides are. She's done a fairly extreme play on a style of casserole that was popular in the 50s and 60s, except those were well designed and had edges that were high enough to prevent food from leaking in the oven.
And don't get me started on those stupid oval saute pans and stock pots she has...
Posted Oct 22, 2012 @ 11:58 AM
I would argue she appeals to everyone/anyone with the 30MM concept, including young people just starting out on their own and working folks. I'm 30 and drew pretty heavily from her first two cookbooks when I was in college because they were simple, fairly inexpensive, and quick to throw together.
I know her main demographic is white, suburban housewives in their 50's..
This new show -- five separate meals cooked on one day and eaten almost a week later -- I have no idea who that is supposed to appeal to.
As for Week in a Day, my guess is that she's aiming at working parents or anyone with a hectic workweek who'd like to spend a few hours on one day rather than an hour or so every night in the kitchen. There are a lot of websites that cater to this group, and many of them throw together freezer meals, crockpot "kits", and ready-to-bake casseroles, but unlike Rachael they rely heavily on "cream of" soups and spice packets. I feel like the show could be better executed, perhaps with more re-use of main ingredients to use up leftovers and reduce the grocery costs, but I will give her credit for using fresh ingredients instead of prepackaged convenience foods.
Posted Oct 22, 2012 @ 2:10 PM
She does appear to be playing to a selected demographic, IMHO.
Posted Oct 22, 2012 @ 4:39 PM
Posted Oct 22, 2012 @ 6:04 PM
IIRC, we tried a recipe pulled online many years ago. We make terrific stock-based, vegetable soups (with homemade stock). This was pumpkin or squash and was awful - bland and blech. One of the worst things we've ever had and vowed to avoid any recipes with her name on them.
Does she actually write recipes or have them ghost-written? Anyone know for sure? She probably claims to but then they all do - lol.
Edited by diydude, Oct 22, 2012 @ 6:06 PM.
Posted Oct 23, 2012 @ 7:26 AM
Posted Oct 23, 2012 @ 10:17 AM
That said, it didn't take long for me to tire of her. She just didn't seem to bring anything new to the table. And there were things I found ridiculous - like when she started selling kitchen stuff, people were actually buying her "garbage bowl" that she used on the show. Really???? The syndicated show, the magazine, the redundant cookbooks, ridiculous kitchenware - too much. I also read a few places (not that it means it's true, anybody can make something up and put it on line) where she seemed to be too big for her britches - not very nice when she wasn't on camera. Example, she and her husband pushing themselves past people to get to the head of the security screening line at an airport - if she's that important, why is she flying commercial? She has plenty of money to pay for a private charter. I have no time for people who think too much of thenmselves. She has nothing to offer me that would make me watch anything she's on, or spend money on anything she's shilling.
The one good thing I'll say about her - she seems to have gotten some people into the kitchen and cooking who were otherwise intimidated to cook, and I think that's a good thing.
Edited by chessiegal, Oct 23, 2012 @ 10:18 AM.