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Pioneer Woman

She's talented, amusing, and good marketer, but...that grating voice. I don't think I'd like to be hearing that on a regular basis.

Mar 13, 2014
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Did anyone see "The Profit" show; A. Stein episode?

I can't answer your question, but I want to say how much I enjoy The Profit. It is "must see" for me.

Mar 08, 2014
lscanlon in Food Media & News

What's Your Favorite Non-Cable Cooking Show? Hubby Cancelled Cable.

Thank god my wife never refers to me as "hubby." Fortunately, she dislikes the term as much as I do.

Feb 23, 2014
lscanlon in Food Media & News

The adulteration of Italian olive oil is an interesting treatment of this subject from the NYT. Unfortunately, it doesn't tell you how to avoid the adulterated oils. Buy Spanish oil instead? It doesn't say.

Mo Rocca--My Apologies for Finding You So Annoying!

From what I've seen, Bobby doesn't win these throwdowns very often. They're more entertainment than anything.

50 States, 50 Sandwiches -- Zagat

Zagat nominates a specific sandwich for each state, plus DC, and tells which restaurant gives the best rendition. Your comments?

Nov 22, 2013
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star 7/21/13 - Spoilers

I agree with Njchicaa. I can't imagine getting hooked on a show starring any of the contestants, except maybe Rodney. I like how unpredictable he is. Yes, he's hard to understand sometimes, but I'm sure FN could get him some speech training if he won. I used to think Stacy was the clear favorite, but it's clear now that she doesn't have much of a personality.

Jul 23, 2013
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Chef Todd Mohr

I watch a few of Chef Todd's videos and found them interesting. Thanks for the tip.

Jul 20, 2013
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Menus without prices?

Back in the '60s, some fancy restaurants had two versions of their menu: one with prices (for the men) and another without prices (for the women). Does any place still do this, do you know?

Leo in Maryland

Dec 08, 2012
lscanlon in Not About Food

Next Iron chef [spoiler]

Why do we need another "Next Iron Chef" competition? They hardly ever use the latest new chef, Jose Garces.

Oct 04, 2010
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Smart money on who gets kicked off Next Food Network Star tonight (July 18)? [Spoilers]

A few seasons ago, at about the same point as we are here, Bobby Flay said to the other judges, "Can't we just send them all home and start over with a new group?" That would apply here, I think. I can't imagine tuning in to a show starring any one of these people.

Jul 20, 2010
lscanlon in Food Media & News

No "Next Food Network Star" this past weekend

I record the episodes and watch on Monday, but I had no recording this week. Whassup?

Jul 06, 2010
lscanlon in Food Media & News

TNFNS: Season 6, Episode 4 (Spoiler Alert!)

It seems like every season there's someone who says they think maybe they shouldn't be there. It was Herb this season.

I think this season will come down to Aria or Aarti, with Aarti winning it. The judges love Aria, but (like some other posters) I'm getting tired of her schtick.

I can't get rid of this duplication!!!

Jun 29, 2010
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - 6-20 episode - with spoilers

I'm pulling for Aarti, too, because I can actually imagine myself tuning in to watch a show with her. Very glad to see Daffy Dzintra leave; she just creeped me out.

Jun 23, 2010
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Julie and Julia

I enjoyed the movie quite a lot. I'm now reading the book, but after 130 pages, I'm about to put it down. Julie is writing more about herself than her Julia project. Yawn.

Apr 08, 2010
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Cook's Illustrated 'Editor's Choice'

I got one of their "America's Test Kitchen -- Recipes That Work" emails yesterday, and one of the videos wouldn't play. The website said it was available with the "TV on Demand" option. These people are getting waaaay too money-hungry to suit me.


Feb 06, 2010
lscanlon in Food Media & News

What is your favorite Food TV show?

Iron Chef America and Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives.

On PBS, any of Jacques Pepin's series. I learn something from him with almost every show I watch.

Feb 03, 2010
lscanlon in Food Media & News

With Gourmet discontinued by Conde Nast, what's your favorite cooking mag?

Cook's Illustrated, no two ways about it.

Dec 24, 2009
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Next Iron Chef Finale - Spoilers

I suspect that Garces was chosen over Mehta for his more gregarious personality. Chef Mehta comes across as more reserved. All of the current Iron Chefs ( Morimoto is a possible exception) are very outgoing, and FN feels this makes for better television, I expect.

Nov 27, 2009
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Kenny Mayne: Worst Iron Chef America judge ever?

If you have one or two judges who don't really know food, are the results of the competition meaningful? I don't think so.

Oct 15, 2009
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Kenny Mayne: Worst Iron Chef America judge ever?

I resent the fact that Food Network has been regularly using non-food people (semi-celebrities and other "personalities") as judges on Iron Chef America. It seems that in recent shows, two of the three judges are non-food people. Most of these people don't have much to say, which is just as well, but on this week's episode -- Battle Berries with Flay vs. Daisley Gordon -- one of the judges was ESPN's Kenny Mayne, who proved to be a bigger idiot than I've ever seen in Kitchen Stadium. Mr. Mayne had no idea what he was talking about, even though the ingredients were nothing exotic. At one point, he even refused to taste a poached egg that was part of a dish. He was simply awful.


Oct 13, 2009
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Parish Cafe

My wife and I were in Boston over the weekend and had a great lunch at the Parish Cafe. I had Sean's Meatloaf Club ($12.75), which was accompanied by mashed potatoes with gravy. My wife had Sean's Simple Chicken ($14.50), which is a version of chicken picatta; it's served over garlic mashed potatoes and baby spinach. Both dishes were wonderful. We ate at the bar and were well served by the bartenders. Parish Cafe will be a must on our next trip to Boston.

Sep 21, 2009
lscanlon in Greater Boston Area

Hey Amazon, lay offa me! Purchase-driven ad annoyance

They ARE master marketers. I don't mind their suggestions. Sometime they suggest something I actually want.

Sep 13, 2009
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Most Reliable Restaurant Review Site Outside of Chowhound?

I live in the Washington, DC, area and rely on the reader reviews from They also have an "Intrepid Traveler" section containing reviews of restaurants elsewhere. It's an excellent site.

Aug 29, 2009
lscanlon in Food Media & News

$10 meals - did I miss anything?

I wasn't overly impressed with any particular contestant on this season of NFNS, so for me, Melissa was as good as any. I was quite impressed with her show. She was at ease, articulate, entertaining, and interesting. I'll watch again.

Aug 10, 2009
lscanlon in Food Media & News

TNFNS final spoilers

I don't think the Ingredient Smuggler concept is "solid" at all. Maybe for PBS, but not for Food Network. FN doesn't air shows for foodies who might hunt down harissa; its shows are mostly intended for people who have a casual interest in cooking, but mainly want to be entertained.

Aug 04, 2009
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

When I was 11 or 12 years old, by best friend and I used to bicycle to his grandma's place, which took us a good 45 minutes, She always served us bologna and ketchup sandwiches, which she called "brownie" sandwiches. I never understood the name, but I still whip up a brownie sandwich occasionally.

Aug 01, 2009
lscanlon in Home Cooking

TNFNS #8 (spoiler)

Two comments:

If this group that the contestants were cooking for was so "elite," what were the Neelys doing there?

So Jeffrey spent $317 for his ingredients. What did the other two spend? Unless the contestants had to supply the wine (not mentioned), I can't see how you'd spent $1,000 in what appeared to be an ordinary market. Bobby Flay said Jeffrey should have buried his risotto in lobsters. Okay, that would have upped the checkout total, but neither Debbie nor Melissa did that.

P,S., My money is on Melissa.

Jul 27, 2009
lscanlon in Food Media & News

Cooks Illustrated

I've subscribed to Cook's Illustrated for several years, and I think it's the best cooking magazine on the market. (I also subscribe to Cook's Country, which I consider almost as good as CI.)

Earlier this year, I took out a subscription to their website,, not knowing quite what to expect from it. (Cook's Country has a separate website.) As it turns out, I love it! The website contains all the recipes, taste tests, and equipment tests ever printed in the magazine, and their search engine is very efficient. When the time comes, I plan to let the CI subscription lapse and just go with the website.


Jul 21, 2009
lscanlon in Food Media & News

TNFNS week 7 (spoiler)

I agree with you completely, Patti. I'll be very surprised if Debbie doesn't win this whole thing. And that might not be all that bad. I can imagine myself watching her show a lot easier than I can watching Mrs. Home Cook and Dull Jeffrey. When you get right down to it, none of the contestants in this season's TNFNS have/had star quality.

Jul 20, 2009
lscanlon in Food Media & News