Tuesday, April 17, 2007


My kids watched their first cooking show today. Many of the moms I admire use cooking shows as a form of entertainment and education for their kiddos. I don't know why I hadn't thought of introducing them to the wonders of the Food Network before.

We have enjoyed roving around Mars with the Discovery Channel and have survived some of the scariest storms on the Weather Channel, but for some reason, the Food Network never popped into my head long enough to move my hand to the remote. Although, I have often thought that The Professor would get a kick out of Alton Brown! We might have to hunt down his show next.

Today was Rachael Ray Day.

I had planned to make her Harvest Turkey Burgers tonight for dinner (still sneaking those veggies in any way I can) and I thought it might be fun for them to watch her show. She was making Veal Meatball and Broccoli Rabe Stoup. They actually said it looked good. They even said they would eat it if I made it! The children were most excited when she encouraged parents to let the children help roll the meatballs. Oh, and they really liked the Turkey Burgers. (Didn't even notice the green stuff inside.)

Of course, the reviews weren't all good for Miss Rachael. Sunshine thinks she talks too much! Husband agrees. Sometimes you just can't help but take a breath for the woman. But hey...if she gets my kids to try new things... she is welcome in my house anytime! And please bring Alton!


  1. LOL! My Lucy can't watch her anymore because, "Mommy, Rachael Ray talks too loudly." I totally agree - but some of her soups are really good. There was a turkey chili that was awesome. It sounds like your dinner was a great success. I'm glad you all are feeling better.

  2. I can't really sit and watch her either -- something about her grates on me. But, I do love so many of the awesome shows on the Food Network!

  3. Lol, Matilda! I agree about the talking - actually it's all the hand gestures I find distracting.

    My boys love Alton Brown, by the way - a very fun show. Of course our favorite is Ina!

    Great post! Thanks for the kind mention. :)

  4. My kids love Ray Ray (as they call her), as well as many of the other chefs (they have their favs and not- favs). Watching mostly reinforces how much they love food! I'm glad you discovered the fun.

  5. Okay, you ladies are making me want to get cable! Hmmm....I wonder if the shows are on DVD.....

    What a great learning opportunity!

  6. I know that some of Alton Brown's show Good Eats are on DVD but he is a very fast talker and might be harder for the little ones to understand.

  7. I love the Food Network. My kids will ask to watch the "cook dinner" show. We are Rachael Ray fans around here, but enjoy several other shows as well. The turkey chili is very yummy--a winter staple in our house now.

  8. Okay, I really like Rachel Ray. I think she's cute in a really annoying but endearing sort of way! (But she totally bugs my husband!)

    Would you believe that one year we prepared an entire Thanksgiving dinner from Rachel Ray recipes? "Yum-O"!

    And last year for Christmas I gave my younger brother one of her DVDs...he was thrilled!

    My kids do love watching Food Network, though, particularly Emeril and any of the Challenges!


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