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Posted Jan 16, 2004 @ 11:01 PM

I read that their pronunciation made them "idjits" and I just smile. Though, to be fair, there are variations even in how one would pronounce the phonetic spellings here. Maybe they were more "mootadell" idjits.


Sorry Elphaba--I made that "idjits" remark! I certainly didn't mean that your family is comprised of idiots. It sounded like people were unanimously saying that "mootzarell" was the wrong pronunciation, and I made a flip statement to ask what the proper pronunciation was. I'm the idjit here. I apologize.

I also wholeheartedly agree with your statement that most people who pronounce words in non-American ways do so because that's how they learned the word first, and why would they go out of their way to mispronounce it? I agree that that's probably true of RayRay, as well. I was trying to get at that with my Velveeta comment, but again, I think it came off as more flip than serious. Too much flip, not enough clarity in my communication!
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Posted Jan 17, 2004 @ 10:11 AM

The RealJanBrady, I wasn't the least bit offended by "idjits." I understand your point. Sometimes people do sound like "idjits" but I don't think it's always that they're getting the accent "wrong" (there are regionals variations that people aren't always familiar with) or putting it on. When LBH tosses in an Italian pronunciation, it sounds natural to me, but that she's cosciously doing it. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but what I mean is I think she'll pointedly use the Italian pronunciation to show the viewers how the word is pronounced in the accent of her family.

As far as RR's coming and going, since she grew up in a household in which she would likely have learned both pronunciations (her Sicilian grandfather lived with them and she often talks about him cooking this or that, and quotes him), I don't find it odd that she would use both. I don't think that's slipping. I moved from Boston to Florida as a child, and now Florida back to Boston. I say the same words differently at times (we think we're figuring out why I do it, which is kind of cool).
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Posted Jan 17, 2004 @ 5:05 PM

For the love of god, WHY! A LBH marathon tomorrow morning. Parents place your television sets far away from your television screens, you don't want to frighten the children.
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Posted Jan 18, 2004 @ 10:20 AM

So last night, I fell asleep with the TV on like I normally do, what did I awake to? LBH!! Holy crap, that wasn't cool.

Parents place your television sets far away from your television screens, you don't want to frighten the children.

Hee!

Edited by masterlurker, Jan 18, 2004 @ 10:21 AM.

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Posted Jan 20, 2004 @ 8:43 AM

Saw the comfort foods episode with the veal milanese, chocolate cakes and whatever that pasta was with the bernaise sauce and proscuitto. It all looked good and the only thing that really annoyed me (I'm getting used to her head and the porno lighting) were the claws.

Seriously, she describes her foods or aromas and she makes these claw hands. It's scarier than the disportionately sized head - which runs in the family because I think I saw her brother at the end of a different episode. The guy looked an awful lot like her if it wasn't.
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Posted Jan 20, 2004 @ 9:53 AM

YES, the claws! I knew there was something I wanted to post about on Saturday, but I couldn't remember what it was. My boyfriend correctly pointed out that the claws are like Billy Mays' (Oxi-Clean shiller) pointing: incessant. Everytime she made the claw, I cringed. It didn't make me want to try the food, which did look really good.
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Posted Jan 20, 2004 @ 11:27 AM

Oh, good - so it's not just me.

Her Veal Milanese, which she said was a lot like Wiener Schnitzel, looked good. I do the dish the exact same way, using pork (a breakfast pork chop works well, and I pound it thinner), but instead of squeezing lemon juice over the cooked cutlet, I marinate the meat in lemon juice for a bit. I guess you could go either way. I went to all that trouble for my mil, who then ask me if it was chicken fried steak. sigh.
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Posted Jan 24, 2004 @ 2:51 PM

They've just re-played the panini episode, and I think I'm gonna go out and get me some Nutella...and damn, those strawberry paninis looked yummy.

I also wonder about her eating habits, like does she eat at all?!? She must just taste little bites or something all day and those are her meals. Or maybe she's a genetic miracle. While traveling in Italy a few years ago I noticed that Italian women come in two sizes: tiny and large. All the younger women are quite small, and the older women tended to be larger. Perhaps the pasta caught up with them.

I think the head is a combination of bad camera-angles, and a bigger noggin...which makes her look kinda freaky on camera. Are there any film majors out there who can tell?
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Posted Jan 25, 2004 @ 1:06 PM

I watched last week's comfort foods episode too. Definitely tasty-looking stuff. What amused me most was seeing LBH's girlfriends at the end. I'm guessing they were her sorority sisters or from her high school clique. Could their compliments about her food have been any less heartfelt?
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Posted Feb 8, 2004 @ 4:41 PM

I made the meal from the dinner and a movie show. Very easy and very good. The recipes weren't exactly trendsetting - I've seen many recipes like them. But at the time I needed something to make for a crowd and that worked. The balsalmic-dijon chicken was yummy and the potatoes were, well roasted potatoes with herbs - always tasty.

One thing that irks me is when you have these dinner party meals with no veggies. Maybe I'm just a veggie freak but I always end up having to add a big salad or something because I can't let it go and just have meat and starch.
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Posted Feb 8, 2004 @ 7:36 PM

The commercials for the Chocolate show she is hosting (sorry, I didn't catch the name of the show)drives me batty. First, does she even eat chocolate? She is really tiny. The end shot is what gets me. Her enormous head takes up the whole screen as she claws a chocolate towards her mouth and we get the eye closed ummmmmmm look. ICKY.
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Posted Feb 8, 2004 @ 8:31 PM

Those commercials freak me out, because she kind of looks like and reminds me of Eve from Angel, what with the freakish skinniness and supposed sexiness.
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Posted Feb 9, 2004 @ 8:47 AM

Giada did a chocolate show and the main thing that still bugs is the eye closin' look of ecstasy. Otherwise, I must be getting used to her. I now must run to the therapist. At least this isn't SemiHomemade....
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Posted Feb 9, 2004 @ 12:27 PM

I have to admit this show has become a guilty pleasure of mine. I think it's because watching her is relaxing (big head and all), or maybe it's the food-porn way the show is filmed...seriously, if I had a stressful day I go to video-on-demand and watch and episode. Feel much better when I'm done.

Maybe I'm just a veggie freak but I always end up having to add a big salad or something because I can't let it go and just have meat and starch.


Me too. Which I think is funny considering how much I hated all form of veggies as a kid. I have turned into my mother.

Edited by michelec, Feb 9, 2004 @ 12:28 PM.

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Posted Feb 9, 2004 @ 1:09 PM

eye closin' look of ecstasy

Only Nigella can do this properly. Mmmm.

What has LBH been doing as the so-called host of "Chocolate Obsession Week" aside from those squicky commercials?
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Posted Feb 11, 2004 @ 10:13 AM

Going back to Giada and her relation to Dino DeLaurentiis. My sister received her new Teen Vogue, and lo and behold....Giada's 2 cousins (the ones featured on her show for the Nutella panini) were at the Paris couture cotillion. THOSE 2 (Carolyna and whasshername) are in fact, the daughters of Dino (as interviewd by Teen Vogue) . good job, old boy. ;-) yeesh. Giada must be his niece.

Edited by ItalianKiss, Feb 11, 2004 @ 10:14 AM.

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Posted Feb 11, 2004 @ 11:46 AM

My sister was determined to find out their relationship so she Googled and found this article in the Seattle Times about Food Network chefs. The article mentions that LBH is Dino's granddaughter. The mention is towards the bottom if you don't want to read the entire thing.

Edited by VaVaVoom, Feb 11, 2004 @ 11:46 AM.

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Posted Feb 11, 2004 @ 12:00 PM

LBH is Dino's granddaughter

THOSE 2 (Carolyna and whasshername) are in fact, the daughters of Dino


So then the two girls are Giada's aunts? Hee! I guess the show didn't want to go into it and deemed them "cousins."
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Posted Feb 11, 2004 @ 12:34 PM

I thought I was the only one that got grossed out by her commercial! Does anyone else notice that when she takes a bite and closes her eyes in that orgasmic (yuck) manner, that she goes crosseyed?
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Posted Feb 11, 2004 @ 3:29 PM

Yes! I wasn't bugged out by her lollipop syndrome head so much as the fact that she opens her eyes really very wide whenever she tastes something, over-pronounces an Italian word, or tries to be sexy.

Her food looks good though and is about at my level of difficulty. I did think it was strange that her tiramisu recipe didn't have any alcohol in it - I've never had it without. Also the women at the end seemed like they were pulled out of the production office or something - I just didn't get a desert party vibe.
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Posted Feb 11, 2004 @ 3:49 PM

What bothered me about her dessert party was that she was going over the recipes with everyone. Why cant she just do a little segment at the end telling us and then a segment where everyone is eating. No way has any hostess including myself doled out the ingredients list when people are eating the food. That is just weird. I have asked or been asked after the dish for the recipe or "what was in that?" but to talk about it during a party, just seems off to me.
She seems off to me and her "friends" never seem like they are her friends. Like Hoola said, they seemed like FN staff that were bribed into doing this with a Friday off offer from the boss.
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Posted Feb 22, 2004 @ 12:54 PM

Did you guys see Saturday's episode when Giada went to the firehouse? When she was telling them what they were eating she said "Mootz-a-ella" in her overexaggerated Italian accent they all looked at her like she was crazy. She then relented and pronounced Mozzarella like a normal person. She laughed like "Okay I know that is so pretentious". She seemed like she knows it bugs people I wonder if this will change the way she says stuff. She probably won't, but maybe when she has dinner with her "friends" one of them will give her the skunk eye and she'll start to say things normally.
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Posted Feb 22, 2004 @ 3:01 PM

The mozzeralla exchange was hilarious!

I noticed that she has this crazy, maniacal grin on her face every time she explains an ingredient's purpose.

"And the cheese will get nice and brown and bubbly in the oven" (*GRIN*)

"The 'ree-co-tha' adds a nice, smooth texture to the filling" (*GRIN*)

"The parsley adds a clean, fresh taste" (*GRIN*)

And the camera is always all up in her face when she is smiling. It's distracting. Her show is pretty good though.
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Posted Feb 23, 2004 @ 6:28 PM

When she was telling them what they were eating she said "Mootz-a-ella" in her overexaggerated Italian accent they all looked at her like she was crazy.


I saw this today! See, this is what I was talking about a couple pages ago. Its so out of place, I would have made fun of her too. I think I may have to find out where that firehouse was and write that guy a thank you note for doing that.

It struck me as very odd the way she stuffed that manicotti, why didnt she use a pastry bag? It would have been so much easier, did I miss an explination of why she made it so difficult on herself? Or was it just more of her hand obsession.

Also, what is her cutting board made out of. The way her knife sounds on it reminds me of those slate stones people have in their walkways. It cant be marble because it isnt shiny, but it has to be some kind of stone substance. Anyone have any guesses?

ETA: Sharina, I noticed the maniac grin today too, its like she paid alot of money for those teeth whitening sessions and she wants to get her moneys worth by flashing all of them.

Also, she took that damn food processor apart piece by piece again today. Why, why does she do this? I know she knows it bugs me. She's mocking me.

Edited by KateQD, Feb 23, 2004 @ 6:33 PM.

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Posted Feb 23, 2004 @ 8:14 PM

I noticed that she has this crazy, maniacal grin on her face every time she explains an ingredient's purpose.


Glad it wasn't just me! I never really noticed the mugging before--must've been distracted by the big head--but this ep, it seemed like every sentence was punctuated with a big ol' toothy grin. What the frell?
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Posted Feb 24, 2004 @ 12:29 PM

What bothered me about the stuffed pasta ep. was she used homemade sauce for the recipes. She did not show us how to make this sauce, she just told us to use our favorite jar sauce. Well, I do not have a favorite jar sauce, they are all retched. I've tried cheap ones and expensive ones and they all suck. Jewel (a store in the Mid-West) used to have a hot and spicy store brand that they do not make any more.
I have tried to make homemade sauce and they always taste tinny, canned tomatoes. Does anyone have any suggestions? RR had a 15 min. marinara sauce and I did not like that either.
When my husband saw LBH he said that she looks v.happy. I said I'd be happy to if I had her job.
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Posted Feb 24, 2004 @ 1:36 PM

Those chocolate marathon commercials bugged me as well. She was all "I love chocolate, yada, yada, so that must be why FN asked me to host this marathon" and I kept thinking, "No, they asked you to do it because everyone thinks you are a big weirdo and they want to make people like you!"

Yes, her head is gigantic, and I guess I always thought it was because the camera was mounted (or held) too high. Along that same line, she totally reminds me of Stephanie Tanner from "Full House" with the way she tilts her head back and sticks out her chin when talking to us. Again, like the camera is too high or something. But then again, she is the worst at it when she's sitting on the couch and the camera seems to be at a better angle. Check out some Full House reruns and check out the pre-teen Stephanie chin thing.
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Posted Feb 24, 2004 @ 2:21 PM

I couldn't figure out why I had never noticed the fast-action, big close-up smile before. Scary stuff.

PS. I covet her pasta baking dish.
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Posted Feb 24, 2004 @ 2:49 PM

I'm going to be laughing at your post the whole day, sharina! You've got it down pat!
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Posted Mar 1, 2004 @ 5:29 PM

Hey guys, I was just wondering if anyone has made one of Giada's dishes? They look good enough, but you can never tell.

I saw her today making a pine nut custard tart. She used dry beans as pie weights. She said they were no good after using them and said you should always discard them. I wanted to know if you could reuse them again as pie weights or if they would maybe spoil if you kept them. Does anyone know? I hope this isn't a stupid question. I just thought it seemed a bit wasteful to buy a bag of beans everytime you baked a pie.
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