Given that the show is based in sort of a cartoon-ish way (which is another huge turn-off) makes me wonder if the Nickelodeon influence is at play here.
There are a few times when I'm craving slaw and I'll go to the broccoli slaw because for a single person, it's cheaper than buying broccoli and whole heads of red and green cabbage that will eventually go bad. And I do not want the Dole brand and I figure that the broccoli stalks might add a bit of extra nutrition. (Sometimes, Semi-Ho is sort of OK...) However, it needs a really good dressing to stand up to the flavor, like something ginger-sesame based. Raw is fine, but I cannot imagine it cooked.
I think that when Lisa used it as a substitute for spaghetti, she was sort of trying to incorporate "suspend your disbelief," but it didn't work.
midge, don't feel alone. I've purchased Laughing Cow or Baby Bell when I want to have something around for cheese and crackers. I've even tried it before (hand in head) to substitute Brie in a dish by Giada and it was awful. While it is nice and spready on crackers, there is something about the consistency that doesn't bode well to melting.
Edited by grisgris, Feb 12, 2011 @ 11:23 PM.