Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - Does Paula Deen gross anyone else out?




LLV
03-24-2007, 02:55 AM
Paula Deen is a host of a show on Food TV.

And she totally disgusts me.

Like tonight I was just watching Paula's Party and they were frying hot dogs (including the buns) in butter. Whatever floats her boat.

But she's standing there talking about "sucking" the hot dogs to this man that was cooking them and then when she went to eat hers she says, "Oh, I just wanna suck it."

Maybe I'm just a prude, but there's a time and a place for everything and a FOOD show on national television is NOT the time or the place to be making sexually suggestive remarks.

OK, rant over, thank you for listening. But I've got a question - is it just me? Or does this get on anyone else's nerves? I just want to smack the crap out of her.

Whatever the case, it's obvious why she's on very late on Friday nights.


AquaWarlock
03-24-2007, 06:36 AM
surprised that a generally-pleasant nice dame like Paula would try to pull off such a blatantly obvious sexual innuendo.

But yea, thought your thread was about her cooking -- some of which looks delicious, but most of them are utterly disgusting with all the deep-friedness, oil, mayo, shortening, bacon AND butter that she throws into her recipes w/o batting an eye (one time, she even jested about "I can eat cereal with butter!" - the scary thing, my friends and I can't tell if she's actually joking or not.)

rockinrobin
03-24-2007, 07:49 AM
That's funny, my 17 yo DD loves her. She uses a wee bit too much fat for my liking and don't enjoy watching the show. I don't think I would ever consider making ANYTHING she cooks. As far as food and sexual innuendo, many people do think eating is a very sensual experience, so I can see why she threw that in, although it would kinda turn me off as well. Sounds like she might have stepped over the line a tad. She definitely enjoys hers food, my DD's always telling me she doesn't take just one bite of the food, keeps going back for more and more. Sounds like she gets a lot of pleasure from her food.


Tara D
03-24-2007, 09:03 AM
It does freak me out a little how she flirts with the male audience members, especially since she's married! However, I think she has that attitude where people say once you reach the age of 60, you get a sense of freedom to do whatever you want, and to be yourself, no matter what others think!

LLV
03-24-2007, 10:58 AM
She was just out of control last night, LOL. Slurping at these hot dogs and saying she likes to suck them. Gee, I can't imagine what she meant by that, haha!

I just sat there in a slight shock and was like, "Oh no, she did NOT just say that!"

And ok, maybe eating is a sensual experience for some, but I'm not going to get up on national television and talk about sucking weenies. She stuck that thing in her mouth and was like, "Ohhhh, I just want to suck it!"

LOL

It was funny, but a little repulsive at the same time.

Suzanne 3FC
03-24-2007, 11:35 AM
I find her extremely annoying, lol. I live in the south and we really do say y'all, but she says y'all more times in a 30 minute show than we say in 6 months! Everyone I know says that they also can't stand to watch her, partly because of all the y'all'ing, partly because the food is so fatty that it's yucky. I suspect her producers encourage her to say it so frequently, assuming everyone else expects it.

Even worse - Sandra Lee :eek:

LLV
03-24-2007, 12:02 PM
I find her extremely annoying, lol.

Good, I'm glad I'm not alone!


I live in the south and we really do say y'all, but she says y'all more times in a 30 minute show than we say in 6 months! Everyone I know says that they also can't stand to watch her, partly because of all the y'all'ing, partly because the food is so fatty that it's yucky.

Oh it's just awful. I don't know how she eats like that. And encourages it. Ick! Like last night, I couldn't believe they were not only frying hot dogs in butter, but they were frying the buns as well, LOL.

But like I said, whatever floats her boat.

Even worse - Sandra Lee :eek:

I don't believe I've ever watched her.

LLV
03-24-2007, 12:13 PM
I just went to the Food TV site and looked up Paula Deen recipes and I'm laughing my butt off here.

Bacon-wrapped breadsticks? Fried creamed corn? Fried greens beans? Deep-fried refrigerator biscuits?

Okay, I'm picking out all of the bad stuff, but I honestly believe this woman will fry anything. Including hot dogs! :joker:

No offense, Paula, but if you're going to make love to a hot dog in front of thousands of people, keep the gross comments to yourself. That was a VERY bad visual.

Suzanne 3FC
03-24-2007, 12:23 PM
I don't believe I've ever watched her.

Well if you ever find yourself in a situation where you have a box of Bisquick, a tube of frosting, and a bottle of vodka and don't have a clue what to fix for dinner, watch Sandra Lee ;) Seriously, she takes highly processed packaged mixes and adds a few canned items (I don't think I've ever seen anything fresh) and creates semi-homemade meals. Then she always ends with a recipe for some cocktail. Anthony Bourdain, who I not-so-secretly pine over, said this about Sandra Lee
Pure evil. This frightening **** Spawn of Kathie Lee and Betty Crocker seems on a mission to kill her fans, one meal at a time.
http://blog.ruhlman.com/2007/02/guest_blogging_.html for his full review.

Check out this forum (http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showforum=743) devoted to Sandra Lee bashing. The sheer number of posts will make you dizzy. How does she stay on the air? :?: Ok, she must have some fans, and I really hope I haven't offended anyone. I'm sure there are plenty of people that don't care for Bourdain, either, lol. :crazy:

lizziness
03-24-2007, 02:03 PM
Seriously, I read that blog when it first came out and even if you LOVE the food network chefs... Bourdain's assessments are pretty dead on. But I'm partial because Bourdain is my favorite person ever. :D

hubby calls Sandra Lee and the the Everyday Italian chef "the bobble heads" and sadly that is about right.

Somehow when Nigella Lawson says she wants to suck something it's sexy without being disgusting, but when Paula Deen does it .. GAG!

athenac
03-24-2007, 04:03 PM
Paula does freak me out sometimes with her sexual connotations, but I can't help but watch her or anything on the food network for that matter. Although I would probably never cook anything that Paula or Sandra Lee makes, I still watch them.

Lissiness: I agree with you about Nigella. I watched her Chefography the other day, and she said something like that she's not trying to be sexy, that's just the way she is.

Clover2007
03-24-2007, 04:05 PM
Too funny! I was going to comment on Nigella - she is definitely sensual. I didn't see that particular episode of Paula Deen but have been grossed out by her on occasion. She cannot pull off sexy or sensual and she should stop trying!

I like the Surreal Gourmet, Bob Blumer. He made Jello in a fishbowl and put in fish gummies. Have you guys seen his show?

LLV
03-24-2007, 04:30 PM
What is the name of Sandra Lee's show?

drake3272004
03-24-2007, 04:34 PM
I just love Paula Dean because of her spirit! I would also probably be grossed out by her making sexual comments, but if you check her background out, as a person she is an inspiration. (at least to a social phobic like me) This women was so agoraphic that she never left her home, food became a comfort for her and even though most of it is fattening beyond all belief, the girl can cook! :)
And now look at her!!!!!!!!! You would have never thought that she had an anxiety disorder!

Kamily828
03-24-2007, 05:03 PM
What is the name of Sandra Lee's show?

Its called Semi-Homemade. I dont care for her.

The Soup has showed clips of Paula's sexual innuendos on their show lately. I like Paula. She uses way too much butter and fat in her cooking, but hey thats how we do it in the south. Everything has to be deep fried or smothered in gravy.

Speaking of Paula flirting, did anyone catch the finale of "The Next Food Network Star 2" when Paula was on it? She was rubbing all over Reggie (I think that was his name) and flirting big time. I was like OK Paula..leave him alone and let him cook already!

I like Anthony Bourdain. He tells it like it is. I wish he would take on the role of full time judge on Top Chef.

LLV
03-24-2007, 05:56 PM
Its called Semi-Homemade. I dont care for her.

Thanks :)

MariaMaria
03-24-2007, 06:57 PM
Bourdain's assessments are pretty dead on. But I'm partial because Bourdain is my favorite person ever.

hubby calls Sandra Lee and the the Everyday Italian chef "the bobble heads" and sadly that is about right.

Funny how male chefs always come off better than female in men's criticism.

Also funny that male chef's bodies and sizes (and ages) don't get the same attention that women's do.

Tee hee!

lizziness
03-24-2007, 07:18 PM
i watched the Nigella chefography too, and I love her even more now.

I don't know about that, I think that Tyler Florence has chubbed out quite a bit over the last year or so.

I don't know, none of the famous male chefs are all that sexy either, in my opinion. Maybe Jaime Oliver if only I could understand what the **** he was saying. *LOL* It's true though, I definately judge the women more - I'm usually either thinking "Yeah, right, like that skinny girl eats ANY of the food she is making" or I think "wow, you're eating too much of the food you're making" But I'm just judgmental.

As for Bourdain, I do find him oddly and disgustingly appealing. I don't know if sexy would fit it, but appealing and interesting if nothing else.

EZMONEY
03-24-2007, 08:04 PM
I just went to the Food TV site and looked up Paula Deen recipes and I'm laughing my butt off here.

Bacon-wrapped breadsticks? Fried creamed corn? Fried greens beans? Deep-fried refrigerator biscuits?

Okay, I'm picking out all of the bad stuff, but I honestly believe this woman will fry anything. Including hot dogs! :joker:

Maybe we should try to get AL GORE to drop his global warming fiasco and !STOP! PAULA DEAN! For our safety ;)

.


hubby calls Sandra Lee and the the Everyday Italian chef "the bobble heads" and sadly that is about right.

It isn't their heads that interst me ;)

!


Also funny that male chef's bodies and sizes (and ages) don't get the same attention that women's do.

Didn't know there were male chefs on th food network :D


Now you gals ALL know "sex" sells on TV...be easy ;)

RebaR
03-24-2007, 08:53 PM
I've watched Paula's Party before and a little surprised at some of her comments...but I find the program entertaining and funny. ;) Have I ever used one of her recipes-:stir: not sure because they are so loaded with fat... :rollpin: but being from the South, and less than 100 miles from where she originated (Albany GA)... I know that many people in the south cook like that..:hungry: . I've been guilty of it in the past the myself....And Gary's right- sex sells- even on cooking shows! My friend's dad commented recently how the women on these shows, Racheal Ray, Giada etc... are showing more and more cleavage.... if they do that to attract the men, what's wrong with Paula flirting with some men?

Kamily828
03-24-2007, 09:05 PM
The Soup has showed clips of Paula's sexual innuendos on their show lately.

It wasnt The Soup. It was The Daily Buzz. I need to get my shows straight. :dizzy:

KylieH
03-24-2007, 10:07 PM
Well if you ever find yourself in a situation where you have a box of Bisquick, a tube of frosting, and a bottle of vodka and don't have a clue what to fix for dinner, watch Sandra Lee ;) Seriously, she takes highly processed packaged mixes and adds a few canned items (I don't think I've ever seen anything fresh) and creates semi-homemade meals. Then she always ends with a recipe for some cocktail. Anthony Bourdain, who I not-so-secretly pine over, said this about Sandra Lee

http://blog.ruhlman.com/2007/02/guest_blogging_.html for his full review.

Check out this forum (http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showforum=743) devoted to Sandra Lee bashing. The sheer number of posts will make you dizzy. How does she stay on the air? :?: Ok, she must have some fans, and I really hope I haven't offended anyone. I'm sure there are plenty of people that don't care for Bourdain, either, lol. :crazy:


Suzanne 3FC, you're so on the money with Sandra Lee! My DH and I call her Betty Crocker on lithium. She's totally evil.

While I don't watch Paula much, I am very impressed by what she's done. She was 42, recently divorced, with two teenage boys, and basically agoraphobic, when she decided to start her own catering business with two hundred dollars. After a few years, she opened a restaurant, then came the books and show and all that. I respect anyone who turns their life around like that...even if I wouldn't eat anything she makes!!

LLV
03-26-2007, 01:15 PM
Maybe we should try to get AL GORE to drop his global warming fiasco and !STOP! PAULA DEAN! For our safety

She's evil and must be destroyed!

LOL

sweet_talker
03-26-2007, 02:53 PM
I think Paula is hilarious! I don't really take her show seriously. I've only caught it a couple times, but the first time I watched it, she was talking about her husband doesn't eat vegetables...And how they'd be having dinner and eat everything but pass on the salad because he was "on a diet" :lol:

She also said that because he doesn't like vegetables...she rolls them up in puff pastry. She made spinach puff stuff. :rofl: ridiculous!!

I don't agree with her methods all the time, but I don't live in the South, and have never been there and really don't know what it's like. I like how she's down to earth and friendly, and she actually eats her food!!!!!!!!

I wouldn't really make any of the food I see made on the Food Network, except if I'm splurging like making a dessert for a party or something. On a lot of the shows I enjoy the most, the way they cook has too much fat, oil, or sugar for me to ever want to add it to my regular diet.

midwife
03-26-2007, 03:19 PM
I actually learned a lot from Rachael Ray. I had no clue how to time cooking so that dishes would be done at the same time. I never even knew how to make soup that wasn't from a can. (Pathetic, huh?). Now I take my basic knowledge and change things up to be a bit healthier. Tonight I am broiling salmon. That never would have happened pre-30 minute meals.

I admire Paula for how she pulled herself up by her bootstraps and found personal and professional success. I have not seen the show LLV saw, though.

I love Alton Brown and have learned a ton from Good Eats.

I also liked Surreal Gourmet.

It amazes me Sandra Lee is still on the air. Sometimes I look at her recipes just for the grossout factor. (like a wreck, you can't look away!)

mandalinn82
03-26-2007, 03:23 PM
Oh my goodness.

Sandra Lee is evil. no one should create a "semi-homemade wedding". Ever. :shudder:. Oh, she is gross.

re: Paula - have any of you ever seen one of her "heart healthy" meals? Basically, they include a vegetable - nothing else. Bazillions of calories. Disgusting.

According to a friend of mine, Everyday Italian is pretty much filmed using the same techniques as softcore pornography...the music, the lighting, the camera angles...

And on Nigella Lawson - she is the creator of the worst recipe I have literally ever had, and now I can't watch her. Clementine cake...lets just say that the base of the cake was ground almonds, egg yolks, and whole clementines, boiled in the skins and pureed. Yes, pureed. With the skins. It was like chunky bitter pith custard. Seriously, SERIOUSLY evil recipe.

mandalinn82
03-26-2007, 03:29 PM
My future FIL is obsessed with what he calls "train wreck recipes". He has to make them. Thats how we got stuck eating the clementine cake. He just...can't...look away.

If I could spend a week cooking with 1 food network chef - it'd be Alton. I have basically structured my wedding registry to be full of Alton-approved products. His measuring cups and spoons, his thermometers, etc.

sugarlove
03-26-2007, 04:24 PM
I can't STAND Sandra Lee...don't even get me started. That ain't food.

Paula Deen gets on my nerves, and none of her recipes sound that good to me. She's famous for a bread pudding that uses Krispy Kreme doughnuts - ick. I spend some time on a chefs board where the recipe was tried a few times, and it always got horrible reviews - people noted it was even more sickly-sweet than it sounded, which I can't even imagine. I just don't see the point in adding so much extra fat to food? What's wrong with bread - even something like brioche or challah can come in at fewer calories and fat than a Krispy Kreme, and would likely taste a heck of a lot better. Even at my heaviest I didn't like to eat that way, all grease and sugar.

Say what you will about Giada (does she really need to wear those low-cut tops in the kitchen?), but her recipes are GREAT! I've worn out my copy of "Everyday Italian"....everything I've cooked from it was a success, and so many of the recipes are either already OK calorie-wise, or easily adaptable. They also fit in pretty well with whole foods eating - lots of emphasis on fresh ingredients and simple preparation.

MariaMaria
03-26-2007, 04:44 PM
Giada does NOT sound, look, or act like she actually makes them or that she has any place in the kitchen.

How odd that you think this. She attended Le Cordon Bleu.

Exactly what size does a woman chef on TV need to be not to be gross but to be assumed competent?

sugarlove
03-26-2007, 04:59 PM
I think the Everyday Italian cookbook could be good, but Giada does NOT sound, look, or act like she actually makes them or that she has any place in the kitchen. Her stories seem fake and she doesn't dress like someone in a kitchen and rarely indulges in one bite of "her" creations. All that said, I bet there's some good recipes in the book. :p

The not tasting thing doesn't bug me a bit - before Food Network, PBS was the only place to get cooking shows (many of which were/are still the best, IMO), and professional chefs on those shows rarely, if ever, tasted their food just for the program. The tasting and "yummos!" are a fairly recent advent, and I could take it or leave it - if I can't taste the food for myself, it's pretty meaningless anyway.

Giada did indeed attend the Cordon Bleu, and worked at Spago for a long time (as well as other notable restaurants) - I do believe she's the real deal, although the packaging may not fit the perception of a pro chef. Keep in mind that Food Network's new focus is capturing the male demographic (20-40), and that accounts for a lot of the "look" of many of their shows now.

There are things about her as a host that drive me bonkers, and I don't like to watch the show much for that reason (goes for most FN programming these days, but I digress). The books, though, are great - primarily because, as you mentioned, there are some really great recipes...and they WORK! (always a plus in my book). :)

mandalinn82
03-26-2007, 05:18 PM
Yeah - I think its the porn-esque filming style and music choices that take away a bit of Giada's credibility. Her recipes are sound, though - she just comes across a little strangely onscreen due to the filming.

I have no problem with the fact that she is slim...just don't understand the "chef as sex symbol" thing that has been going on lately...plus she is definitely not the "type" of most of the guys I hang around with in that demographic, so I get sort of confused.

mariposita
03-26-2007, 10:07 PM
My daughters and I watch Paula for the laughs--she's so over the top and spunky that it's great entertainment. We try to guess what she's going to put butter on next. They gagged when we saw her put a huge chunk of butter on spaghetti with tomato sauce and mix it all together.

As for Giada, we call her "bighead" around here. Her head is definitely outsized, sort of like Nancy Reagan's was. Her husband is a designer for Anthropologie, which I think explains the wardrobe. The Giada cranberry disaster, where she actually tastes something, is documented here:

http://www.tvgasm.com/archives/food_network/001570.php

I love watching just about anything on food network.

Ann

NemesisClaws
03-26-2007, 11:44 PM
Giada's food are excellent! Seriously, I am in the process of buying her cookbooks because every receipe downloaded from the Food Network website on her has been so good. And yes, she does taste her own food on the air. She just tends to take a very small portion of it. I think she's one of those that subscribes to the mini-meals a day kinda thing. Whatever works for her.

As for Paula Deen, her original show format, before she moved it over to her new house in later seasons, were actually quite entertaining and didn't show all this sex talk that she now seems to be doing. I'm not crazy about her cooking, because as others have said, it's just too much butter, calories and fat, but I love her as a person though!

lessofsarahtolove
03-28-2007, 02:29 AM
I doubt I'm going to change any minds here, but I had to just sound in here to say that I think Giada rocks! I lived in Italy for several years in my twenties, and that's where I first learned to cook. (I went on later to graduate from a culinary college back here in the states, where I studied professional cooking and was surrounded by -- and taught by -- plenty of female chefs.) Giada's family is Italian (not Italian-American) -- and is actually a very prominent and famous family in Italy (she moved here when she was a kid.) If you know how Italians cook, you'll know by watching her cook that she grew up cooking in the Italian way. Also watch that Christmas special she did a few years ago with Mario Batali and see her cooking with her mother and sister and aunt and others to see how they cook together. The way she cooks Italian food is just like Italians cook in households all over Italy -- both her recipes and cooking methods are 100% authentic.

I couldn't care less about the size of her head in relation to the rest of her body, or the size of her waist or breasts or anything else for that matter. I care about the quality of her cooking, her ability to articulate her methods, and the ease of application to my own style and preferences. On each of these I score her high, high, HIGH! And I see her tasting her food all the time -- I don't get what you guys are talking about! She doesn't mouw through big mouthfuls, but then it seems that she not only cooks like Italian women, but eats and looks like a lot of them, too! Italian women stay slender by staying away from processed food, eating their food in small portions and living active lifestyles -- I daresay that's what Giada does as well.

Just as there are plenty of different ways to express ourselves as women, there are plenty of different ways for a female chef to "carry herself." The fact that she was a recognized and lauded [by finer food publications as well as her peers] female chef for years in an industry which has historically chewed women up and spit them out if they couldn't pull much more than their weight -- and that she did it in some of our country's finest restaurants, no less! -- tells us that she's a chef who has earned the respect of her peers for the quality of her food and simply "carries herself" as she sees fit. As for the lighting and camera angles, etc., well that's TV! I know I don't have to tell any of you that it's not the first time they've worked the female sex appeal angle to maximize viewership, and God knows it won't be the last -- but this chef is more than that!

Obviously we're all free to have our own opinions and turn the channel whenever we choose, but I think the perceptions around Giada speak more to assumptions about what female chefs supposedly look and act like, and less to this woman's capabilities or professional legitimacy. I find it interesting that the folks here who don't particularly admire Giada commented primarily on her appearance and demeanor rather than her skills in the kitchen. It wasn't very long ago that you rarely saw female chefs on TV (aside from notable exceptions like Julia Child and Marcella Hazan and a couple of others,) and you'd be hard pressed to find a female executive chef or sous chef in the kitchen of any high profile restaurant. I think we should celebrate seeing women on TV in this role instead of picking them apart. And what about the FOOD??

Alright, sorry for the :soap: -- I just wish we women supported one another more -- and I freaking love Giada's food and think she's absolutely great at what she does. :yes:

sugarlove
03-28-2007, 03:07 AM
:bravo: Sarah! I totally agree!

(and did you know that she's got a new book coming out at the beginning of April?? It's called "Everyday Pasta", if I recall correctly, and is available on pre-order through Amazon ;) )

sweet_talker
03-28-2007, 03:32 AM
I've deleted my posts because I really don't care one way or the other about Giada and feel like this is getting to be more confrontational than I want. :shrug:

LLV
03-28-2007, 08:54 AM
Alright, sorry for the :soap: -- I just wish we women supported one another more -- and I freaking love Giada's food and think she's absolutely great at what she does. :yes:

Sweetie, this isn't a women's rights movement, we're talking about food shows ;)

If I'm not particularly fond of someone and the way they conduct themselves, then oh well. I don't care if they're male, female or primate.

And who the heck is Giada?

Editing to add: I went and looked up who Giada is. I think I've seen her before a couple of times, but I've never really sat down and watched her show.

I'll have to watch Sandra Lee sometime just to see what everyone is talking about.

And I agree that Paula Deen can be entertaining. In a "I need something to laugh my butt off at" sort of way, LOL.

Is that really me
03-28-2007, 09:37 AM
Yeah - I think its the porn-esque filming style and music choices that take away a bit of Giada's credibility. Her recipes are sound, though - she just comes across a little strangely onscreen due to the filming.

Porn-esque filming style???. Aaah, give me a break. The extreme close-ups are food focused, not boob focused! :D (So some boobage sometimes gets filmed. If you've got it, flaunt it.) Nothing is taking away her credibility. Her recipes look good; try them. If you like them, great. If not, turn the channel.


My daughters and I watch Paula for the laughs--she's so over the top and spunky that it's great entertainment. We try to guess what she's going to put butter on next. They gagged when we saw her put a huge chunk of butter on spaghetti with tomato sauce and mix it all together.

Paula is a little too "southern" for me (oh stop, ya'll are thinking the same thing.;) ) But so what, I check out some of her recipes if I think they look good. Too much fat? So reduce it; change it. Cooking isn't a science. Her "MY Friend Flicker" pie (it's a Snickers pie) is wonderful. Gobs of calories, but wonderful!!

As for Giada, we call her "bighead" around here. Her head is definitely outsized, sort of like Nancy Reagan's was.

Yeah, I noticed that too. She could fill in for Vanna White! :D But hey, non of us are perfect!


"Maybe we should try to get AL GORE to drop his global warming fiasco and !STOP! PAULA DEAN! "

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Jo

kaplods
03-28-2007, 03:34 PM
I had to post, because I was just channel surfing and came across Paula adding an entire stick of butter to a corn chowder that already had large amounts of butter, flour, half and half, and montery jack cheese.

I don't have a problem with the over the top food (and personality), as there's a place for even this kind of eating in a healthy diet (say once or twice a YEAR), but I don't understand why she isn't MUCH bigger (say bigger than me). I've never eaten (or desired to eat) like that in my life. I do not believe everything is better with a pound of butter added (though my mother did add a half stick to every vegetable, when I was a kid. Funny thing is I've always preferred even canned veggies without the added "slime".)

If she really eats like this, she has to have the metabolism of a humming bird. Yes, she's plump, but you'd expect her to have seven chins, and be on her third bypass surgery.

I agree that most of her dishes can be drastically fat-reduced and still have great flavor, and I think it's hilarious to see what she's going to add butter or mayonaise to. You can't help but feel you're eating healthy, no matter what your diet, after watching her. The only time I was actually sickened was when I watched her BBQ show. I love BBQ, and when she showed a "white bbq sauce, I nearly hurled." SHe had grilled a quarter of a chicken, and when it was done, dropped it into a huge bowl of "white bbq sauce" (basically a ranch dressing or garlic flavored mayo), before putting it on the plate.

Blech! My husband occasionally uses ranch dressing as a "dipping sauce," for chicken, but I bet this was at least 1/4 cup or more of mayo on a small chicken quarter.

Bikini Dreader
03-28-2007, 03:50 PM
I find her cooking pretty revolting. I also can't imagine cooking anything made by Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa). It all looks delicious but I can't justify the fat and calories. I still watch the shows though.

mandalinn82
03-28-2007, 04:29 PM
Ina's recipes are easily adaptable, though - they work with very little oil in most cases, though sometimes they can't be adapted. Paula's recipes are so based in fat that they can't even be adapted.

athenac
03-28-2007, 04:32 PM
I'm not going to lie. It annoys me a little bit that a petite woman like Giada or even her mom, can eat pretty much all the things they want and still look at good as they do. But then I realize that everyone's body is different and handle foods different ways. I read an article on Giada awhile back and she says that she has her mom to thank for her weight because of her fast metabolism. She says she loves to eat anything, but she eats six small meals a day and indulges a little.

zenor77
03-28-2007, 05:13 PM
As for Bourdain, I do find him oddly and disgustingly appealing. I don't know if sexy would fit it, but appealing and interesting if nothing else.


I call him sexy! I think it's the bad boy attitude that does it for me! It even comes across in his books.

Oh, and I think Alton Brown is great. Sexy too in a geeky sort of way. ;)

I don't care for Paula's recipes (I just can't cook that way.) She can be entertaining though. As to the comment about her being on late at night, I thought she was on at 4pm. At least she used to be? I haven't had cable for awhile.

Does anyone remember the episode where she made bread pudding out of Krispy Cream donuts? I just about died! She added cream and sweetened condensed milk to it (I think there was a can of fruit cocktail involved too.) Sounds like enough sugar and fat to make anyone go into a coma.

sweet_talker
03-28-2007, 05:47 PM
I just watched an episode of her making grits with Jimmy Carter haha

KO
03-28-2007, 06:26 PM
Just my 2 cents LOVE Alton Love Ina gaarten I'm cool with Paula Tho I don't like her live show SANDRA LEE IS EVIL!
I made Paula's Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving slimmed it down a bit I use LF cream cheese it was delish it was also not something you could eat all the time
I made Ina's Creamed Spinach and it was too DIE FOR! and if you ate it every day you would!

RocknRoll
03-28-2007, 07:29 PM
I've seen her be 'naughty' on television but its pure humour. I love Paula Deen to death and I would love to meet the woman! Now I have never had one of her recipes but I have made light versions of a few and they are really good!

Say what you want but i believe Paula is hilarious

LLV
03-28-2007, 07:32 PM
I'm not going to lie. It annoys me a little bit that a petite woman like Giada or even her mom, can eat pretty much all the things they want and still look at good as they do. But then I realize that everyone's body is different and handle foods different ways. I read an article on Giada awhile back and she says that she has her mom to thank for her weight because of her fast metabolism. She says she loves to eat anything, but she eats six small meals a day and indulges a little.

Any of us can eat anything. It's just a matter of eating those things in moderation. I could eat fried chicken every day if I wanted to, as long as I don't go over my calorie limit.

Lovewater
03-31-2007, 12:00 AM
Paula can definitely get a little flirty at times, but I think that's what makes Paula, Paula! Everyone's sense of humor is different. But, I totally understand how some remarks she makes can give you that ugh factor :barf:

MugCanDoIt
08-30-2007, 01:49 PM
I love her food, but I can't believe she isn't 700 lbs already.

GatorgalstuckinGA
08-30-2007, 06:06 PM
i'm from savannah...and know a lot about paula..her food is typical southern fried...as for her deminor...she is rude and crude as it gets in real life. In person she is one of the dirties minded persons...makes many sailors blush. She hides it a lot on tv...but i've know many who work for her that say behind the crowds and tv she is unbelievably rude and crude. Some may take offense...others who cares. Some ppl are more conservative and others more liberal. So it really does depend on your views in life. Personally her cooking does nothing for me. Not a fan of fat butter and more fat and butter. Her food is good southern food and i've eaten at her place to only feel as if my skin pours are oozing grease for weeks. But personally i'm not entertained by her show. I preferr anthony boudain or other shows. Now don't get me wrong..i love a lot of the food network cooks like bobby flay and racheal ray (yes i know shes a bit annoying at times..but she is fun). But paula does nothing for me. Maybe its because living in savannah for so long, i'm turned off the the millions of people that drive just to eat at her resturant and stand in line for hours for a meal. Don't think she's that good. But that's just my opinion.

Spinymouse
08-30-2007, 06:32 PM
I have a guess that the Food Network coaches their show hosts to play up certain signature traits and quirks, like Emeril's "BAM" and Rachael's "YUM-O" and probably Paula's exaggerated "Y'alls." Maybe they encourage her sexual innuendos as well. Anyway, one thing is for certain: Sandra Lee needs a new coach.

p.s. changed my avatar to add athletic shoes, indicating I'm actually exercising now!

Stepping Out
08-30-2007, 09:28 PM
I'm not a big fan of Paula or her cooking, but evidentally she has plenty of fans. I was in Savannah on a day when it was 100 degrees in the shade :flame:, and there was a block long line to get into 'Lady and Sons' (her restaurant)..and they weren't opening for another 2 hours! :dizzy:

Wildfyre
08-31-2007, 02:48 AM
She grinds on my nerves a lot. I think a lot of it is the fact that I'm from the South and, well, she makes us look bad! She has to put a half-dozen "yall"s into every sentence, deep fry everything, then drown it in mayo, butter, float a little bacon grease on top, and then fry it AGAIN.

To me, her show seems more geared toward entertainment than towards actually wanting people to cook her recipes.

My fiancee and his family are from Alabama and have lots of family in Savannah, and they're all say that the food at her restaurant is grossly overrated and the service is terrible.

Leenie
09-04-2007, 10:40 AM
I LOVE Paula LOLOL and when she's behaving naughty with an audience member...well that just cracks me up. She's not the healthiest cook thats a given but I admire her success.

;)

LondonJulz
09-04-2007, 02:38 PM
I don't know, none of the famous male chefs are all that sexy either, in my opinion.
How about Curtis from "Take Home Chef" on TLC..... he's pretty dang cute, in my opinion.... :D


I doubt I'm going to change any minds here, but I had to just sound in here to say that I think Giada rocks!

I am in complete agreement! I love watching her show. And I have yet to see an episode where she DOESN'T sample what she's made...

I am a fan of Paula.... I think she's hilarious!! I don't think I'd ever cook what she has cooked, seeing how as I'm trying to LOSE weight, and I don't see how she hasn't kicked over from a heart attack yet - but, to each his own, I suppose. My parents have been to Savannah and eaten at "The Lady and Sons" and said it was worth the wait. I think she's been through a lot in her life - and she's probably a little more carefree these days because of what she has overcome...I'd probably be the same way if I went from rags to mega-riches! No more burdens on my shoulders, able to provide for my family without limits, yes... I'd be a little high on life.

I liked Alton Brown until I saw him on The Next Big Food Network Star.... he just seemed like a HUGE jerk, so I can't watch him anymore and enjoy it.

I actually like to watch The Food Network while I work out (is that weird?). Maybe seeing all the fatty food, makes me feel fat, and helps me work out harder? lol.

K8-EEE
09-06-2007, 10:46 AM
Yikes! Never seen her except on magazine covers.....I've seen her recipes and they seem pretty awful, she just makes everything as fattening and unhealthy as possible and calls herself a gourmet, is what it looks like to me.

Sucking hotdogs is bad enough -- but frying them in butter is the real sin! BLECH!

kaplods
09-06-2007, 11:56 AM
I think there's a place for even obnoxiously unhealthy food. She can't even eat this way all of the time or she would weigh 800 lbs. I think she's funny, but I think that reflects my background. I have a master's degree in psychology and worked in very professional environments, but my family background is lower middle class, and they all are very blunt and "earthy" (and still finds racy jokes and poo jokes funny).

ennay
09-06-2007, 11:58 AM
She reminds me of the Sobe life water ads...."fried onions, fried potatoes, fried butter"

If the woman could take a stick of butter, wrap it in butter and deep fry it in butter she would.

Spinymouse
09-07-2007, 12:25 AM
Deep-fried butter!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think there is a country-western song in that!!!!

lizziness
09-07-2007, 12:31 AM
aww.. but i wanted bacon wrapped deep fried butter. DARN! :)


ooh.. i forgot about Curtis he is adorable too.

gailr42
09-07-2007, 12:33 AM
The forum that Suzanne mentioned back at the beginning is one of my favorites! It is number two after this one on my list.

There is lots of funny stuff on there about Sandra Lee aka SLop. :lol:. They call Giada "LBH" - stands for Little Big Head. :lol:

I like Ina Garten a lot. I keep wishing that she would show up here. I think her extreme overweightness is affecting her health. Obviously, she eats.

I know all about Giada's stellar background, but for some reason (I admit - it can't be logical) I just cannot stand her. Part of it is that I don't see why when she is so smart and talented she has to have her boobs hanging out all the time. In a way, she is sending a message that a woman can't make it on her talent. Boobs is where it's at.

I don't watch the show because her pronunciation, enunciation, diction, and her boobs annoy me too much. I am seriously probably just jealous. That is the only reason I can think of for me to have such strong feelings about someone on tv.

gailr42
09-07-2007, 12:36 AM
Deep-fried butter!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think there is a country-western song in that!!!!
:lol: :lol: :lol:

CLCSC145
09-07-2007, 12:43 AM
The grossest thing I ever saw Paula cook is green beans with new potatoes. Here's her recipe with the horrifying parts bolded:

Green Beans with New Potatoes
Ingredients:

3 pounds fresh green beans
pound salt pork, sliced
cup bacon grease (pour this into a jar and keep on hand in the refrigerator to use as needed)
2 cups chicken broth plus more if needed (canned is fine)
2 to 3 teaspoons House Seasoning
12 small red potatoes, or more
1 onion, cut into slivers

Directions:

Remove ends from the beans. Snap the beans in two, place into a colander, wash, and she aside to drain. Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron Dutch oven, lightly brown the salt pork in the bacon grease over medium heat, turning often, for approximately 10 minutes. Toss the green beans into the pot, stirring them with a wooden spoon to coat well with the pork fat. Add the stock and House Seasoning. Cook over medium-low heat, covered tightly, for approximately 30 minutes, or until the beans are half done. While the beans are cooking, peel a center strip from each new potato with a potato peeler. At the end of 30 minutes, add the potatoes and onion to the beans; add cup more broth if needed. Cook, covered tightly, until the potatoes are tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes, periodically checking the pot to make sure a small amount of liquid remains. When the potatoes are tender, tilt the lid slightly, off to the side of the pot, and continue to cook until the green beans are wilted, approximately 15 minutes.

What did the poor green beans ever do to her?!? What self-respecting green bean hasn't wilted after being cooked in salt pork and bacon grease for an hour?!! Who would think to cook green beans for and hour and 15 minutes?! I have to believe there is NOTHIN' green about those beans at the end of her torture.

gailr42
09-07-2007, 12:46 AM
:lol: :lol: Snort, gasp! You guys are killing me.

kaplods
09-07-2007, 12:59 AM
I love the idea of Semi-Homemade, but Sandra Lee doesn't carry it off well. Most of the stuff she makes over would have been better off left alone. Case in point, she made an apple pie napoleon by crushing up an apple pie (crust and all) layering it with puff pastry, pudding or whipped cream and some godawful caramel sauce. Um, if you're so pressed for time and kitchen skills, why wouldn't you just serve the apple pie.

mandalinn82
09-07-2007, 01:02 AM
Oh man. I hate sandra lee. HATE HATE HATE. I may have already said this in this thread. But it bears saying again.

ITS NOT HARD TO ENTERTAIN WITH REAL FOOD!

I'm gonna put a vomit warning on this next part...

Maybe Paula and Sandra should do a show together. They'd take a store bought angel food cake and cut it into chunks, then dredge in a seasoning packet and wrap in bacon, then throw INto some butter for a good deep fry. Then Snadra would find "bacon extract" and pour some into a tub of whipped topping (so it tastes "homemade"), and frost the little bitelets.

Then, after they were cooked, Snadra and Paula would whip up a Rum, Butter, and Bacon Grease "Martini" (5 parts rum 1/2 part butter 1/2 part grease) and serve them as a garnish!

Now I have visions of the "Paula's Kountry Kitchen" tablescape in my head.

baffled111
09-07-2007, 02:11 AM
LOL. That green bean/bacon fat thing is disgusting! Although I have to admit that one of my favorite dinner party dishes is coq au vin. I begin by browning my floured chicken in bacon drippings...It's yummy though, I swear. :)

I know all about Giada's stellar background, but for some reason (I admit - it can't be logical) I just cannot stand her. Part of it is that I don't see why when she is so smart and talented she has to have her boobs hanging out all the time. In a way, she is sending a message that a woman can't make it on her talent. Boobs is where it's at.

I don't mean to pick on you Gail, BUT: Giarda annoys me too, and I don't like to watch her show, but I do want to take umbrage with the notion that women can't be smart and talented AND have great boobs and show them off. I don't think great boobs say much about intelligence either way, and I think we'd all be better off if we women would stop making those kinds of judgments. It's bad enough that men do it! Basically, I think that if you're smart and interesting, you might as well show off a great cleavage if you have one. It's not like a few inches of cleavage on display affects your IQ...

baffled111
09-07-2007, 02:15 AM
Maybe Paula and Sandra should do a show together. They'd take a store bought angel food cake and cut it into chunks, then dredge in a seasoning packet and wrap in bacon, then throw Into some butter for a good deep fry. Then Sandra would find "bacon extract" and pour some into a tub of whipped topping (so it tastes "homemade"), and frost the little bitelets.

LOL. Amanda, you have crossed a line! That's disgusting!

I always become irate when I read a recipe at Cooking Light that begins with '1 12oz package of pre-sliced mushrooms' and etc. Is it really so bloody hard to slice a few mushrooms? Really? Sandra and the rest make it sound as though cooking 'from scratch' is this radical and complicated way of approaching food. They just contribute to our disconnect from our bodies and the natural world. I don't like it. Harumph!

kaplods
09-07-2007, 02:31 AM
Although I make a lot of things from scratch (even breads and tortillas), I also do use "semi-homeade" techniques too. I've used more than my fair share of canned tomato and cream of mushroom soup.

My problem with Sandra's idea of "semi-homemade" is to destroy something premade, and turn it into some creepy concoction (with an alcohol chaser, of course), or to use prepackaged products to create a dish that is more complicated and takes more time than it would have to make something better from scratch. Heck, one day she made lollipops. The semihomemade part was flavoirng them with koolaid flavorings I believe. Um, making hard candy isn't something I would suggest for a kitchen newbie. Yeah, lets start with something that will burn the flesh from your arms if you spill.

And if her show isn't aimed for kitchen newbies, or people who want to save time in the kitchen, what's the point of semi-homemade - just to say that your food used to be different food?

mandalinn82
09-07-2007, 03:10 AM
Canned products definitely have a place in my kitchen. Seasoning packets too. And heaven knows I don't make my own angel food cake.

But I don't a) jazz up with 50 different ingredients, b) make menus that involve half of three different seasoning packets and six different slow-cookers, or c) make food that is nasty to fulfill some irritating ratio of 70% storebought and 30% homemade...like adding canned pears to fresh pears. YOU ALREADY BOUGHT, PEELED, and CUT the pears. Why add the canned ones??

I also don't name my recipes based on what is really popular...like serving every drink in a martini glass and calling it a whatever-tini, or serving HOT WINE COOKED WITH BRANDY, SPICES, AND FRUIT in a slow-cooker and calling it "hot sangria". Its not sangria. Its mulled wine.

mandalinn82
09-07-2007, 03:35 AM
Thats the point, Colleen...her premise is that semi homemade is faster (and cheaper, she says) - but its neither.

mariposita
09-07-2007, 07:31 AM
lol Gailr42, we have always just called Giada TBH here, The BigHead.

I recently read a description of Sandra Lee as "Ann Coulter in an apron.":rofl:

kaplods
09-07-2007, 08:46 AM
Have you seen the ads for the new show Simply Delicioso. Ingrid Hoffmann, the star, is already being called the Latin Giada.

My husband and I were cracking up after seeing the closeup of her chest, with a "follow the dancing boobage" effect of a pendant hanging between the boobs, bouncing from one boob to the other and back again. It made Giada's cleavage seem demure. My husband sees this and shouts "what the heck is moving around in her cleavage?!" He thought it looked like a rabbit's foot or a dead mouse or something. We were laughing so hard, tears were rolling down our faces.

kaplods
09-07-2007, 08:52 AM
Oh and I don't think hubby used the word "cleavage."

Spinymouse
09-07-2007, 09:00 AM
Well since we are going down this road ---
i have a male friend who has an idea that Sandra Lee, the queen of matching dress and decor, should do a Clear/Nothing theme. She wears nothing. Her kitchen is stripped of curtains and towels. You can see out the window. The countertops and bowls are clear glass. She makes jellyfish, clear gelatin and vodka.

kaplods
09-07-2007, 09:04 AM
Oh that's too funny, I'll have to tell hubby! He HATES Sandra Lee with a scary passion. He calls her the drunk Stepford Wife.

gailr42
09-07-2007, 10:50 AM
Someone brought a version of that bean and bacon thing to a work pot luck. Everyone was raving about how that dish was "real" cooking. Hmmm..... We are talking southern California here, not the deep south. Anyway, it is not my thing. Poor little beans were tortured into mush swiming in grease.

Cindy V
09-07-2007, 08:28 PM
I watched Paula on Ellen last nite-making bread pudding with Krispy Kreme donuts-ugh!She was taking bites of the donuts then spitting them into the bowl-I was verrry disgusted!

Suzanne 3FC
09-07-2007, 08:39 PM
Spitting them out? :eek:

I'll never see that, because I refuse to watch her. I think everyone in the South turns the channel as soon as her theme song comes on.

Leenie
09-07-2007, 09:21 PM
Ohhh you girls are R-O-U-G-H :lol3: I love Paula and I like Sarah :shrug:
I watched Sarah's biography one day, she practically raised herself and I admire her for her success as well as Paula's. Two struggling women who succeeded in life *KUDOS* to them.

KylieH
09-08-2007, 12:31 AM
Sandra Lee's "recipes" gross me out! If you doubt it, Google "Sandra Lee" and "Kwanzaa Cake" for fun to see what I mean.

Spoiler Alert: who would put corn nuts and pop corn on an angel food cake much less apple pie filling???

I'm with Kaplod's husband: drunken Stepford wife!

kaplods
09-08-2007, 01:22 AM
http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showforum=743

The Sandra bashing site Suzanne linked to earlier in this thread was such a hoot. I was just about wetting myself.

The sad thing is that the "semi-homemade" concept is a good one, but if she has to WRECK perfectly good food to make something stomache-churning, she's lacking in imagination and it's time for the show to end.

The reason the show is so fun to mock is that she neither saves time, money, nor effort and to make it worse, the food that results seems more inedible than simply eating the prepackaged food in the first place.

On the "bashing" site, one poster points out - why on earth would you make a dish combining fresh pears with canned pears. If you're already doing the peeling, coring, and slicing - why would you bother with mushy, icky canned pears.

Another of her concoctions uses cheap grocery store caviar (which is absolutely horrendous, why use it at all?) Caviar lovers are going to know the difference, and those not familiar with caviar are not going to be fans of this BELIEVE ME. In college, a bunch of us decided to try caviar and bought a jar of the stuff she used in her show. OMG it was so foul smelling we couldn't even get it to our mouths to taste it (and you'll have to take my word for it, but there aren't many foods I won't at least try). Later, when I tasted decent caviar, I finally understood what the fuss was about. Heck, I even like the greek tarama and taramosalata which is CARP caviar and only about 5.00 for an 8 oz jar, so she could have even used an ok tasting cheap caviar.

It is funny to see someone tell you to take something cheap, and kind of boring, but perfectly functional, and turn it into something complicated, expensive, and no better than the unadulterated version (at best).

When I think of how many GREAT recipes she could make under the semi-homemade guidelines, I wonder what the heck she is thinking, and all I can come up with is she put the cocktail together first, and worked on the rest of the show while drinking a pitcher of it. Maybe someone should buy her one of those rotisserie chicken cookbooks.

lizziness
09-08-2007, 02:00 PM
heh - we are mean but hilarious.
My main problem with Sandra Lee is that - nobody freaking redecorates their house to throw a party! Why are her recipes lacking?! Because she had to spend her time and money on the tablescape, new curtains, matching bowls, matching outfit, and 7 bottles of booze! Sounds more like she's doing a show on the art of distracting your guests from the terrible half-assed foods to me.

As for Giada - I have no reason to dislike her. I even watch her show sometimes on the weekends. She just rubs me the wrong way.I do find myself wondering why she can't make lighter fare foods and wondering just how much of her own food she will actually eat, how long she works out, are those giant bouncing globes the cameramen keep zooming in on real or not... I find all these things distracting from the show itself.

As for the green bean recipe - my family has been making a similar one for years. I thought my moms was kinda gross so I lightened it. It really can be quite delicious. Mom would brown off a package bacon, dump in the green beans and a bunch of water and proceed to cook for hours upon hours.
In my fixed up version I brown a couple of slices of bacon, pull them out & wipe out the pan (still some flavor and a little bit of fat but not a ton of it), saute onions & mushrooms, add the beans and enough water to create some steam and cook until they are tender. I serve by sprinkling a bit of the bacon on top (for the mom's cooking memory without the onslaught of grease and fat). It really is quite delicious - if you don't cook the poor beans to death and use an entire hog to flavor it all with. The worst part about the traditional recipe is the bacon that was crisped has been stewing in the water with the beans for 4 hours and has become bloated, water logged chunks of mush- not yummy.

kaplods
09-08-2007, 02:32 PM
http://forums.nicoclub.com/zerothread?id=270772&postid=2869202

Anthony Bourdain's comments on the food network stars is hilarious. The link Suzanne gave earlier isn't working, but with a little googling I found it.

His comments about Giada really hit home when he describes her reaction to food - "appropriately orgasmic eye-closing and moaning" which disturbs me about her. I think she's gorgeous, can really cook (though usually stuff too high in carb and calories for me to eat), and while her boobs are an unnecessary distraction (just once I'd like to see her in a turtleneck, or hey even a boatneck, just for kicks), but the moaning, liplicking and eyeclosing creep me out. It feels like maybe I should change the channel and let her be alone with the food. Besides, as a self-confessed absolute food whore (I LOVE, with an unholy passion, everything about food - the smell, the feel, the taste) --- if I can control my enthusiasm for food without succumbing to such sensual, if not sexual, ecstacy (at least in front of an audience) why can't she?

wisher
09-08-2007, 03:26 PM
I used to love Paula Dean's show (the original one, not the one with the live audience) but don't watch it much anymore because all the butter, cream and so on that she cooks with is soooo tempting!

On a side note her sons are so very, very attractive! I love watching the shows where they are guests ;)

mom2fivesweeties
09-09-2007, 12:15 AM
Maybe Paula's audience is mostly us older gals! I read her book and like a previous post, she had extreme agoraphobia. I have social anxiety disorder and to think she has come this far, it's inspiring to me. As far as the sexual inuendos, she can keep them to herself - ugh - I am surprised at the young audience she does attract though - and as far as Jamie and Bobby, her sons, yep they are not bad to look at, that's for sure.

I always asked my dh why Giada is half dressed on the top for cooking and he just laughs - I guess it's the only way she'd get the male audience - :o

samra1962
09-09-2007, 08:08 AM
I admit I will never cook like Paula Deen again, however I greatly admire all she has accomplished and she seems so nice! Her sons are not too shabby to watch either!!!!!!

kaw
09-11-2007, 02:11 PM
I know this will date me, but before Food TV etc the only cooking shows were on PBS. One was with Mollie Katzen, the vegetarian chef and cookbook author of "Moosewood Restaurant" fame and arguably one of the first modern restaurant/TV cross-over celebrities.

At any rate, Katzen was cooking something -- soup, I think -- that involved a bay leaf. She took it out just before serving, which is perfectly normal. What I didn't expect, though, is that when she removed the bay leaf, she commented that the bay leaf had "shot its wad."

I don't even think she realized what she had said. It was clearly just a phrase to her, but I would have thought the editors would have noticed and cut it, low-budget production though it was. Or, maybe they noticed and left it in because of how incongruous it is see this middle-aged "granola" making a healthy vegetarian soup and talking about something shooting its wad.

Kim

shananigans
09-11-2007, 02:35 PM
I came across her show for the first time a couple weeks ago. She was making something called "Cheesey Ham and Banana Casserole". It had buttered white bread, ham, eggs, potato chips, cheese, cream, bacon (I am not making this up), about the only ingredient she used that I would eat was the bananas. :lol: She then went on to fry a peanut butter and banana sandwich in copious amounts of butter.

kaplods
09-11-2007, 02:41 PM
I remember hearing the ham and banana part of the casserole title, while channel surfing, and I just about hurled. By the way, I'm not one to easily hurl at the name of foods, as I would probably even try some of the bug dishes Andrew Zimmern features on his show Bizarre Food. However, in college, we had a food service that for some reason loved to serve meat cooked with fruit, Bleghhhh.

I'm not just talking ham either, although ham was the worst culprit (not only the ubiquitis pineapple, but canned peaches and fruit cocktail also showed up). Salisbury steaks, pork chops, and even fish fillets would end up on the cafeteria line, cooked in several species of canned fruits. Thankfully, there was always at least 2 entrees to choose from, and dry cereal if even that was inedible.

ChadsMate
09-11-2007, 03:44 PM
I absolutely cannot watch Paula Deen. The straw that broke this camel's back was her bread pudding -- cream, eggs, sugar and Krispy Kreme donuts. Ugh. I know she's trying to be funny but when she tastes things and rolls her eyes and licks her lips, it just kinda grosses me out. I'll stick to Giada and Mario and Alton.

mandalinn82
09-11-2007, 03:57 PM
My mom actually made that Krispy Kreme bread pudding for my grandfather. The man has a HUGE sweet tooth and is skinny as a rail. Anyway, I had one bite. It was so rich that was literally ALL I could eat of it. It was tasty, though, just SOOO rich.

SkinnyBy36
09-11-2007, 04:06 PM
I love watching Paula Deen only because I cant believe people still cook the way she does. The woman covers her oven fried potatoes in mayo before cooking! Who does that?? And the topper was a meatloaf sandwich on white bread and mayo on each slice. Talk about clogging an artery! I think I have a love/hate thing for her. Love her personality, hate her cooking.

K8-EEE
09-11-2007, 04:07 PM
I have to admit, I've only seen this lady on the cover of magazines (hers?) at the store....

But my mom told me something that literally gagged me!! She said that on her TV show -- this woman made the most horrific fattening mac & cheese possible, then put it in the fridge, cut it in squares, WRAPPED IT IN BACON AND DEEP FRIED IT!!!

BLECH!!!!!!!!!

LondonJulz
09-19-2007, 06:03 PM
On a side note her sons are so very, very attractive! I love watching the shows where they are guests ;)

Um.... yes to this one! Although, I caught a new episode a few weeks back and it seems as if Jaime has put on some pounds since getting married..... maybe Miss Paula doesn't REALLY cook that bad outside of the show and his new bride has fattened him up....
But, I think that Bobby is def. the better looking of the 2 :drool:

I admit I will never cook like Paula Deen again, however I greatly admire all she has accomplished and she seems so nice! Her sons are not too shabby to watch either!!!!!!

I second this....

I love watching Paula Deen only because I cant believe people still cook the way she does. The woman covers her oven fried potatoes in mayo before cooking! Who does that?? And the topper was a meatloaf sandwich on white bread and mayo on each slice. Talk about clogging an artery! I think I have a love/hate thing for her. Love her personality, hate her cooking.

Yep.... Love her personality - hate her cooking, couldn't have said it better!

kaplods
09-19-2007, 06:19 PM
To her credit, I saw the mac and cheese episode, or at least the first one, as I don't remember bacon, and the recipe was sent in by a viewer. She had the girl in the audience, and asked incredulously, "you really eat this, it's not a joke, right?" Or something to that effect. The girl confirmed it. I had also had deep fried macaroni and cheese twice (well, each time a very small triangle of the stuff), once each at two different restaurants. They're supposed to be tiny, bar food nibbles, not the big hunk she fried (that she didn't know that, kind of reinforced to me that it wasn't familiar to her).

lipidful
09-20-2007, 11:04 AM
You're all so funny in your descriptions and characterizations :devil:
I like most of the Food Network personalities for the most part with a couple of exceptions:
Sandra Lee - The food she makes is downright SCARY! I can't even watch the show.
Emeril - I used to like him but he has become SO annoying I can't tolerate him either and those little high pitched noises he makes when he's adding something to the dish. UGH!!!!!! :(
There are little annoying things about the other ones, but they're not bad enough to keep me from watching, and I suspect the Food Network encourages them to emphasize these characteristics.
I'd have to say Giada's show is my favorite, even though I cringe when she says something like "spighITTi" LOL
Ina Garten is a little mellow, but it's a nice change from the hyper personalities of the other hosts. Paula Deen-I do like her personality and I watch purely for entertainment. I don't think I'd EVER eat/prepare anything she makes. In fact, I don't really cook much anyway-Food Network is kind of a good thing to resort to when nothing else is on! ;)

NemesisClaws
09-22-2007, 10:47 PM
Since I'm on a calorie counting diet, I was so beyond thrilled when I spied Juan-Carlos Cruz's cookbook out at the library! He used to have a show on the Food Network called Calorie Commando, and I wish they would bring it back. (Can't do the dvd's from that show as there are no subtitles for the deaf)

Amy8888
10-01-2007, 01:00 PM
I find her extremely annoying, lol. I live in the south and we really do say y'all, but she says y'all more times in a 30 minute show than we say in 6 months! Everyone I know says that they also can't stand to watch her, partly because of all the y'all'ing, partly because the food is so fatty that it's yucky. I suspect her producers encourage her to say it so frequently, assuming everyone else expects it.

Even worse - Sandra Lee :eek:

ITA, I mostly can't stand to watch her because of the way she talks. She doesn't seem too sanitary when she cooks, licking her fingers and stuff. And Sandra Lee totally doesn't belong anywhere near food. Well, based on what she produces, I guess she isn't really anywhere near food.

Spinymouse
10-01-2007, 01:20 PM
I recently saw Paula make some baked dish with rice in it and a few bits of some kind of vegetable, which she mixed with a cup of mayonnaise and a cup of sour cream, and put a pie crust over it, and implied that it was healthy because of those little bits of vegetables. I think she said it was a good way to sneak vegetables into your kids' diets.

lizziness
10-01-2007, 11:38 PM
i can't imagine feeding her food to children. :) yikes. We watched her show the other day - she was doing sandwiches... and one of them was this sandwich that was piled with all the deep fried appetizers you'd normally order ... chicken strips, mozzarella sticks, etc... on a sub with a ton of mayo and some lettuce and tomato (for looks). It was so disgusting and yet a small part of me thought - if no one was looking i'd totally try that. hah.

I loved the Calorie Commando show because he showed people how to reasonably modify yummy favorites into less bad for you still yummy favorites. I didn't know there was a cook book, i will have to look for it.

kaplods
10-02-2007, 12:17 AM
I LOVE mayonaise, butter, and bacon, and can easily overdo, so my idea of a reasonable amount of any of these is more than generous. So I find it so shocking that some of her food horrifies me. I mean, even if you weren't on Alli or xenical, I would think there'd be some gastro-intestinal effects from all of that grease.

She must really hate vegetables though, because she made this dish once with absolutely wonderful fresh asparagus (even when I wasn't dieting, I ate them steamed without butter) and made this horrendous sauce to poor over them or dip the asparagus into. I'm not sure I remember accurately, but think it had bacon, heavy cream or sour cream, mayonaise and butter in the sauce (I guarantee it had three of the four). I thought there can't be any way she tasted the vegetable at all, Blech.

mandalinn82
10-02-2007, 12:42 AM
Sandra is all about getting vegetables INto kids. Sometimes with alcohol-based sauces. Or perhaps a spaghetti seasoning packet.

Oh she seriously makes me so nauseous.

baffled111
10-02-2007, 11:30 AM
i can't imagine feeding her food to children. :) yikes. We watched her show the other day - she was doing sandwiches... and one of them was this sandwich that was piled with all the deep fried appetizers you'd normally order ... chicken strips, mozzarella sticks, etc... on a sub with a ton of mayo and some lettuce and tomato (for looks). It was so disgusting and yet a small part of me thought - if no one was looking i'd totally try that. hah.


In the town where I went to grad school, there is an institution called "grease trucks"--basically what they sound like. They all sell these insane sandwiches--you can get a sandwich with gyro meat, onion rings and mozzarella sticks, for example, or meatballs, chicken fingers and french fries. They are absolutely revolting, BUT, when you're coming home from the bars late at night, they hold a certain attraction. Definitely only for eating while inebriated though. I don't think I'd survive a sober encounter with any of those sandwiches. :)

veggielover
10-03-2007, 03:06 PM
I just love Paula Dean because of her spirit! I would also probably be grossed out by her making sexual comments, but if you check her background out, as a person she is an inspiration. (at least to a social phobic like me) This women was so agoraphic that she never left her home, food became a comfort for her and even though most of it is fattening beyond all belief, the girl can cook! :)
And now look at her!!!!!!!!! You would have never thought that she had an anxiety disorder!

I second this, even if everyone else seems grossed by her. I read her story line in her cookbooks and this woman is hysterical. Although I've never made anything she made (not in my flavor, her foods aren't) I still like her show.

If you watch Paula's home cooking instead of Paula's Party, she's not as loud-mouth and she's barely sexual. She's just a down-home type of gal and I appreciate that. It's very unpretentious to me. Just like Rachel Ray.

Now Giada De Laurentiis? Talk about Pretentious. Everything I've made from her recipes don't live up to Italian. "Gourmet Frou Frou" is alright, but when made by her I'd much rather take a recipe by Paula.

Still I like Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa the most.

veggielover
10-03-2007, 03:16 PM
One of Paula's frequent comments are "I'm yo' cook, not yo' nurse". That being said, I don't think she cares that her food is bad for health in large quantities...

I mean, seriously, if everyone here is disgusted by butter and grease, the show obviously wasn't made for people considering healthy choices. I feel like everyone's entitled to their own tastes, and a friend of mine LOVES Sandra Lee, so its kinda okay for her to "be near food" if someone else likes her tastes. I hate to be a complete buzz kill but in a society where I'm forced to live with the possibilty of french fries being slapped with a warning from the surgeon general and the ban of trans fats (oh this is **** to pie crust lovers), I'm really not passionate about food choices anymore. There's an odd spectrum from morbidly obese people who blame Mcdonald's for their weight and then self-righteous eco-organic sustainable-local-farm vegans who think they know the world, I'm so pro-consumer choice freedom that I just don't even see the point in caring about other people's tastes. There's GOT to be people out their that love the shows Food Network puts on, otherwise they wouldn't air it if it wasn't in demand. Succulent roasts are definitely more appealing to me than dried wasa crackers and sour yogurt, even though I eat both of these. It's the fried, roasts, baked goods that make it to TV. Mot people won't sacrifice tastes and that's when Paula Deen would come in...

SoulBliss
10-03-2007, 03:23 PM
There's an odd spectrum from morbidly obese people who blame Mcdonald's for their weight and then self-righteous eco-organic sustainable-local-farm vegans who think they know the world, I'm so pro-consumer choice freedom that I just don't even see the point in caring about other people's tastes.

:lol: Hey, what about the "Eco-organic sustainable-local-farm-vegans" who are "morbidly obese" ? :raises hand: Just what do you think we think we know about the world that we don't actually know? ;)
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