Wednesday, January 6, 2010

You are NOT a cooking show

If you've read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love all things food. Cooking food. Eating food. Reading about food. Watching food.

Chad thought my family was crazy when we first started dating for the insane amount of Food Network... or really any food show... that we watch.

Here are a few of my faves:
"Top Chef" (Bravo TV) - oooooh how I heart you Top Chef. I mourn when seasons end.
"Chopped" (Food Network) - they have to make dishes based on three or four random ingredients. Very interesting.
"No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain" (Travel Channel) - A. Bourdain is a badass. He ate chicken sushi while in Japan. Enough said.

"Barefoot Contessa" (Food Network) - okay maybe the whole talking about Jeffrey all the time is annoying, but homegirl can COOK. Plus I love her kitchen. I wish she would let me come stay with her for a month.

Okay - sorry. This post was not supposed to be about shows I like. It's about a show I caught on TV the other morning.

It's called "Five Ingredient Fix" on Food Network.

What it really should be called is "Cooking for Dummies." The episode I watched before I got so annoyed I had to turn the TV off she made SCRAMBLED EGGS. Really? A cooking show for scrambled eggs? I mean - I get it. There isn't much you can cook with less than five ingredients. But everything she made was just common sense. French toast - bread, milk, egg, cinnamon, butter. If you put those ingredients in front of a 5-year-old they could probably figure it out on their own.

In other words - it is a waste of time. Sorry Claire Robinson. At least you're pretty. Which is perhaps the only reason they let you have your own show on a COOKING network. Kind of like Sandra Lee. Any person that uses Cheez Whiz as a sauce for pasta loses any credibility with me.


  1. What's wrong with "Cooking for Dummies?" I'll admit I like her show. Sure she's easy on the eyes, but I like the idea too. I'm new to cooking, so it's still kind of intimidating. Showing me easy things that only take 5 ingredients to make is encouraging. Some of the stuff she makes looks pretty tasty to me.

    I've never seen the breakfast episode though. I probably would have turned that one off too.

  2. I guess my issue with the show was that it was presented as: "Claire Robinson combines her passions for food and television in 5 Ingredient Fix, a new Food Network series featuring deliciously eclectic recipes made with five ingredients or fewer."

    I see nothing eclectic about scrambled eggs. So if they were to present it as a show for the novice home cook (a la: "Cooking for Dummies") I'd be fine with it.

    But I'm glad she's teaching you a thing or two, Lewis! Maybe I just caught a bad episode. Cooking is a great pastime - I hope you enjoy it and try some of my recipes from MPLT!