• Food Network Star: Season 8

    This weekend marks the premiere of Season 8 of “Food Network Star” – and I know what you’re thinking.                                                                     Source: blog.foodnetwork.com via Food Network on Pinterest There have been eight seasons? Yes, yes there have – dating back to 2005, actually. Some past winners you may remember, others you may be thinking, “Where are they now?” The show itself has morphed throughout the years, most recently having contestants do things that feel disconnected from hosting a…

  • Bryan Voltaggio’s TV Pilot: Obessed with Everything Food

    As if Chef Voltaggio didn’t already have enough on his plate (pun intended), Bryan’s new show “Obsessed with Everything Food” premieres February 7, 2012 at 8:00pm on MPT – that’s next Tuesday! The pilot episode’s focus is on everything local – from watching Bryan work his magic at VOLT and the art of craft beer at Flying Dog, to Maryland staples like fruity, syrupy snoballs and steamed blue crabs. It was filmed as a launching point for a future series that plans to follow Bryan across the United States in search of “discovering everything food.” This foodie is excited….

  • Tyler Florence Tapered Jeans

    3 Reasons Why “The Great Food Truck Race” Is Better This Year

    I’m mostly watching The Great Food Truck Race on Food Network this season, and although I’d like to say I’m totally into it, I’m not. But, it has potential…and it is better than last year’s season. Here’s why: 1. Tyler Florence decided to wear jeans that aren’t absurdly ‘jeggings-esque’ tight  that fit. And who better to do that fashion faux-pas from the 2010 season justice then our friends at Food Network Humor: 2. They’ve introduced blogger input in 2011! Meet The Chubby Vegetarian, whose job it was to judge the output in Memphis, TN, after the food trucks got a big surprise – no meat allowed! Love the local blogger support!…

  • "MasterChef" on Fox

    MasterChef — Yep, I Watched. What’s With The Hair, People?

    I spent most Tuesdays this summer watching the show MasterChef, where home chefs compete to become a Gordon Ramsey-dubbed “culinary master” for a large chunk of change, and a cookbook deal. The show was okay – interesting enough to hold my attention most Tuesday nights, but not dynamic enough to keep me from flipping around during commercials, like last night when the What Not To Wear season premiere aired at the same time. I do have a pet peeve though. And, it’s not just MasterChef, it’s with nearly all the cooking competitions on TV and especially Food Network. What’s with the long hair? It’s flowing, it’s swinging around, it’s sweaty,…

  • Extreme Chef = #FoodNetworkFail

    What happens when you mix three professional chefs with dull knives, dust storms, giant sub-zero rooms with ice floors, and kicking cows? Extreme Chef, that’s what. Maybe I simply didn’t pay attention during the promos, or perhaps the show didn’t deliver as promised. But, any way you slice it, the show just. plain. sucks. Top Chef mixed with danger, it is not. What’s the point of cooking in a room of ice? Why would you have a challenge that includes hovering over a stove during a fake hailstorm in the middle of a suburban neighborhood? Dull knives. Dull knives??? Although, maybe a dull knife is a good idea when part…

  • The Food Network Humor Site

    Warning: If you don’t watch Food Network, you may not be crying from laughter like me. I love when I find a gem of a website, one that I can’t believe I’ve never stumbled upon before. Today’s find? Food Network Humor If you’re an obsessive a Food Network watcher like me, you’ll die laughing at the endless spot-on commentary on the FNH website. Take these FNH gems, for example: LOL!! – You have to see the full series. I was dying when I stumbled upon their site. The humor here is endless. ENDLESS, people! SO much so, I may have to highlight their highlights on a weekly basis. Update: Like what you see? Check out…

  • My Father's Daughter, by Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth’s Cookbook

    “In the last 10 years or so, cooking has become my main ancillary passion in life.” While I, too, enjoy cooking – and it has become a passion of mine within the past 10 years – this quote is not mine. It’s Gwyneth’s. You know…Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress, turned singer, turned dancer, turned…domestic goddess and cook extraordinaire? Yup. I stumbled across an article on Independent.ie the other day that talked about Gwyneth releasing her much anticipated cookbook (first announced nearly two years ago): My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness. Initially I scoffed. Really Gwyneth? A cookbook? I’ll never buy that. But then I read the article, and…

  • What's up with infomercials, anyway—by the way, have you tried the Perfect Brownie Pan?

    Perfect Brownie Pan

    What’s up with infomercials, anyway—by the way, have you tried the Perfect Brownie Pan? I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This post may contain affiliate links. Infomercial-style advertisers are geniuses. It’s amazing how you can get sucked into one of their commercials, the equivalent of a “B” movie, and actually consider buying one of their products after thirty seconds of airtime. In your heart you know it’s a waste of money, but maybe, just maybe, this time the product will be amazing just like they say.…