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Leave Guy Fieri alone: Why he has nothing to do with the Food Network’s decline

Food Network was fun in the beginning when David Rosengarten had his show. Um..that game show with Cissy Whats-her-name, "Ready, Steady, Cook" Jim O'Donnell's visits in his RV was a front runner to Triple D, if you ask me--and O'Donnell was the most charming host. What about "The Best Of"? THAT was an interesting show. Two Hot Tomales; How to Boil Water; Good Eats; Tyler Florence;...even Rachael Ray's EARLY days were much better before she became "Rache". Yes..and even Paula Deen's early days showed her as more of a genteel southern mom rather than the cartoonish caricature she became. FN had more shows about "Cooking"..Barefoot Contessa for one. Giada wasn't as annoying in her early shows as she is now with the over-pronouncing of Italian words and that accent-Oy!
I'll tell you when Fieri won Next FN Star, I was pretty happy--but even he eventually became a cartoonish buffoon.
It is very rarely that I watch FN these days. They need to change the name of the network to "Food Contest Network". It's tired and old. I watch Cooking Channel and PBS/Create these days. More interesting.

about 2 hours ago
jarona in Food Media & News
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Older/Vintage Kitchenaid Mixer Users - Get a Solid State Version or Not?

I don't know what would be considered vintage, but last year, my old faithful KA died after 30 years of continuous use. I got a new one last year and it's just fine.

Sep 10, 2014
jarona in Cookware

Why is that Kids Competition with Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri on Food Network and not Nickelodeon?

Pardon me for being a curmudgeon on this but I caught this show by chance while channel surfing..and as bad as FN is these days, this show makes it worse. But seriously, do THAT many people REALLY want to see another food competition--and one with kids no less? I dunno. FN really needs to be flushed off for good. It has reached the lowest point. Too bad because years ago FN was good and had potential.

A kids food competition should be aired on Nickelodeon or Disney. JMHO!

Sep 10, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

The Chew---a few years later.

Since I am at work when The Chew is aired, I don't get to watch it often. The few times I did watch it, I enjoyed it. The Chew Crew has a nice chemistry.

Sep 10, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

Anyone else enjoying Create TV?

Although the shows are all repeats, it's better than the Food Network..and..I get my Rick Steves fix!

Sep 10, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

Consumer Reports Investigates Exploding Pyrex

http://www.frenchentree.com/living-in...

An article I wrote. Click on the ink. I THINK I may have posted the actual incident some time ago, but couldn't find it.

Its a good visual of how pyrex and any glass will explode!

Sep 10, 2014
jarona in Cookware

I Cannot Believe I Used to Find Mo Rocca Annoying. What Happened?

IKR??? He really has matured!

Aug 08, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

The view from the kitchen window

LOL. She has this "box" that hangs from one of the windows. My hand to god--there is a box with a pig's leg..ie. cured ham.. Un-freakin-believeable. I'm in awe. complete awe!

Aug 08, 2014
jarona in Not About Food
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The view from the kitchen window

Great, great view! I'm jealous:)

Aug 08, 2014
jarona in Not About Food

The view from the kitchen window

This is the view from my "second" home in Paris. My Frenchman's aunt's kitchen. I do a lot of cooking there and never tire of the rooftops.
My own view. It overlooks our deck. I would rather view the Paris rooftops!

I Cannot Believe I Used to Find Mo Rocca Annoying. What Happened?

Was a time that I could not tolerate Mo Rocca. Seriously. I thought he was so incredibly annoying. Then something happened. While channel surfing, I started to watch "My Grandmother's Ravioli". Mo Rocca suddenly became less annoying and so...so..so charming!!! How could I have been so judgemental.
Gotta say, I'm now hooked on this show. I love it. I love the way he interacts with the older moms--it's really sweet.
Makes me wish I was a grannie! Glad there is another season, too. When I'm wrong, I'm wrong, I misjudged. He isn't annoying!

Aug 08, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

A better idea for Dunkin Donuts

DD coffee, as well as WaWa coffee are both atrocious. It isn't coffee at all. It is watered-down, airline coffee. I'll take Starbucks anyday!

Jul 27, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

Any C'Hound Baby Boomers?

Before moving to Long Island in the early '60's, in Ozone Park Queens, I can remember: Blackout cake from Ebingers. Jolly Roger Ice Cream truck in the summer, as well as Mr. Softee. .and I also remember the mobile amusement rides. The whip was my favorite. Let's see..another big deal was going to this neighborhood candy store named "cookies" and getting egg creams at the fountain followed by paper dolls if I was a good girl. Also..on I believe it may have been Rockaway Blvd., a hot dog place with amusement park rides named "The Big Bow Wow"

Jul 21, 2014
jarona in Not About Food

Best cheap tea?

Red Rose and Lipton. End of story:)

Jul 21, 2014
jarona in General Topics

Wegmans going downhill

Yeah..and I'm tired of not being able to find "non" organic veg. Why? 'Cause of the pricing. $1.49 for one little zuchinni? I think not! I'm going to head over to "Produce Junction" instead. Everyone tells me it's great!

Jul 20, 2014
jarona in Chains

Finally got resos for Bibou--is it really that great?

Oh man, now I'm really getting excited. I'm looking forward to the pied cochon...along with a great bottle of wine!!

Jul 20, 2014
jarona in Philadelphia

Finally got resos for Bibou--is it really that great?

Four times. That's good enough for me! We usually go to Spring Mill Café but this time around we are looking forward to Bibou. Definitely will bring some good wine!! Thanks for your feedback--it is greatly appreciated!

Jul 20, 2014
jarona in Philadelphia

Finally got resos for Bibou--is it really that great?

I'm just curious. We're taking my daughter there for her birthday (25h). She has a pretty sophisticated palate (and I certainly do not mean that in a snotty way--it's hard to say that I guess without sounding snotty, but seriously.I don't mean it that way). She has learned to appreciate good food as she takes clients out to dine and lives in NYC..add to that, I've always cooked an extensive variation of different dishes..My S.O. is a Frenchman so I'm wondering how he will like Bibou as well. Any feedback will be surely welcomed!

Jul 20, 2014
jarona in Philadelphia

salty restaurant food in the US compared to europe?

I think people can get a general feel if food is over-salty.

Jul 20, 2014
jarona in General Topics

salty restaurant food in the US compared to europe?

Just returned from three weeks in France..and one of the reasons I love the food there is because it isn't over-salted the way food is here. Another reason is that the desserts aren't overly sweet the way they are here. It's funny, the company I work for usually has catered dinners for the Board meetings. Last week the caterer delivered a "meat" dish, that not only looked disgusting, but, when I tasted it, was pure salt. I'm talking it was saltier than a salt lick. I called the caterer and had them take the item off the invoice because it was inedible. Same thing at Parc in Philly. I love that place but last time we were there, I could not eat my food because it was so salty.

Jul 20, 2014
jarona in General Topics

Wegmans going downhill

We just moved to Phoenixville from Wayne. As such, the Collegeville Weg's is now my "home" Wegman's. My regular used to be the KOP Wegmans. I do NOT like the Collegeville store at all. The layout is far better at KOP..and the Collegeville store's layout makes no sense--not to mention they never have Tabouli mix when I want it. Started going back to KOP on my way back from work.
I hope Wegman's isn't oversaturating itself the way ACME did.

Jul 20, 2014
jarona in Chains

My Aplogies, but I Need to Vent About America's Test Kitchen

Bingo! The information from ATK is very good, and I've gotten some great tips but it IS the business practices. Total turn off!

Jul 20, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

My Love for Marshmallow Fluff and Peanut Butter has never ended...

..so last week I made a chocolate malt cake--I needed marshmallows to make a filling but I lazied out and when with Marshmallow Fluff. Granted, I hadn't had Fluff since I was pregnant with my youngest child--that was 24 years ago. However, Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Fluff got me through three pregnancies--the cravings were epic.
As I kid, I loved Fluffernutter sandwiches ...as a pregnant woman, I craved them as well. As an empty-nester watching my carbs, I just stuck a spoon into the peanut butter..then double-dipped into the fluff and just enjoyed myself.
Anyone got any food cravings that resurfaced in a slightly different way over the years? I'm nosey!

Apr 30, 2014
jarona in General Topics

Is anyone else appalled by "Worst Cooks in America?"

Trish---right?????? Right????? Talk about trainwrecks of shows...........:)

Apr 18, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

What is your favorite store bought cookie ?

Oreos. Oreos with a cold glass of milk = heaven
Second, those windmill cookies.

Apr 18, 2014
jarona in General Topics

Is anyone else appalled by "Worst Cooks in America?"

It's true. One of my sibs, who knows I love to cook, sent me a link to the original casting of "The Taste". I was asked to audition at the NY audition. I made the first cut, then the second cut and made it to the last 100 finalists. After I saw that first episode of "The Taste" I was jumping up and down for joy that I hadn't made the cut to the actual show. Since then, I've been bombarded with many casting emails that I just delete.

Apr 18, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

Is anyone else appalled by "Worst Cooks in America?"

"I think what frustrates me is that they don't seem entirely interested in learning to cook, so much as they are really quite interested in being on television."

Ding. Ding. Ding!!! You win the prize Mattwarner! I remember watching this horrific show the first season--and one of the "worst" cooks was this "quirky" woman with glasses and looked very nerdy..well, it turned out she has been on a few "reality" shows and I believe she had a little class at the Learning Annex--I'm not sure though.
While I do realize that there are many "bad" cooks out there, it mostly has to do with laziness and just a general dislike for cooking. These people auditioned for this show and just wanna be on tv so if they are suffering humiliation--they secretly crave it!

Apr 18, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News

Things you like slightly burned or burnt?

French fries. The more well-done the better.

Apr 16, 2014
jarona in General Topics

What foods give you heartburn?

Tomato sauce..actually many foods with tomato
Sometimes coffee
Cheerios--the biggest culprit with me
Oatmeal
Bananas
Bagels..
Wine..any kind

Margaritas

When I was pregnant I had heartburn for 9 months..The heartburn was so bad that I knew I was pregnant with my third child due to heartburn--that was the first sign before anything else.

Apr 14, 2014
jarona in Not About Food
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Food Network Magazine. Misspelled Item on Cover---Really?

Really??????????????????????????????????????

Apr 13, 2014
jarona in Food Media & News