Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My obsession with the Food Network

I was first introduced to the Food Network by my ex-boyfriend's mother. She is a great cook and if there was no football on, she'd often be watching cooking shows. I used to watch her cook and then steal her tricks when cooking for T. I still think of her often when I cook. She is more of a Paula Deen type of cook, she loves butter and heavy cream. She also introduced me to wine in a box, but that's another blog post entirely...

It's only been the past year or so that I've been watching TFN regularly. By "regularly" I mean that whenever you turn on any of the tv's in my house, it will inevitably be tuned to that channel. Some of my favorites are Paula Deen(read her book, it's very inspiring!), Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Guy Fieri.. I like most of the FN chefs, but lately I've developed a special love for the one and only Alton Brown.



When I saw Good Eats for the first time, I thought Alton was just annoying. But then I started watching the show for the content rather than his over-use of the "ah" phrase and I realized that Good Eats is actually the perfect show for me. I am one of those people that needs to know how things work. Alton not only shows you how to cook things the right way, he shows you WHY you need to cook things that way. I wish I had known 20 years ago that I love the science of things so much. I would've paid a lot more attention in school. I also probably would've been a nutrition major in college. Last night I saw an episode about popovers and it was fascinating. I love learning about how foods work with each other. A lot of this comes from gluten-intolerance and trying to figure out how gluten works so that one day I might be able to come up with the perfect gluten-free recipes for breads, cakes, pies, etc.

People often ask me how I can watch the Food Network so much without a. going crazy with hunger and b. going crazy because I can't eat most of the stuff they make. Funny thing is, watching it doesn't make me hungry usually, and if it does I just shut it off and go get something to eat! As far as being gluten-free is concerned, well for one thing, not all of the foods they cook are glutenous, and two - if they are, I like to think of ways I can make the recipes gluten-free. I just love food and love getting new ideas and tips from the chefs. If there's one thing in this world that we all have in common, it's that we all need to eat. Food brings us together and that's why I enjoy watching Food Network. It's probably the happiest channel on tv, not even the Cartoon Network is this much fun. I just wish I had more time and money to try all these recipes out! Not to mention the metabolism of a 5 year old...

Happy Hump Day!

3 comments:

The Good Eatah said...

Oh how I can relate!

So, in order to have some "noise" around the house when I'm at work, I leave on the tv for Henry and it is almost always tuned to the Food Network. Partly because it's the channel I watch most, but also because I think it's the best option; the hosts are often talking directly into the camera which means Henry feels like he's getting some attention. Or at least that's what I tell myself ;)

Can't wait for kickboxing tonight!

jacobithegreat said...

I love Good Eats!!
I will say, though, that he has gotten more annoying than he used to be.

Cynthia said...

I love TFN, my favorite is Iron Chef. I am more partial to Bobby Flay as far as the chefs go,