Why Food Network is so Addictive
It is more than just cooking
Years ago I knew nothing about Food Network. It was on a visit to my sister’s house when I heard her say the famous line “Let the meat rest.” I thought she was saying it because she wanted to take a break from cooking. It was then my sister told me about a channel called Food Network. One of the tips she learned was that you should never cut the meat immediately after taking it off the heat of a grill or oven when you do all the juices that make the meat tender end up on the cutting board.
I never knew there was a network devoted to food. Being a lover of food and liking to cook I tuned in to see what it was all about. Once I did I became a huge fan and now I tune in daily to be entertained and along the way I learn things too.
Here are the reasons this network is so addictive:
GREAT PERSONALITIES - Food Network has some great people that make you tune in each week. Their personalities will have you coming back for more. Here are some of the best:
You have the Southern Charmer Paula Deen who invites you to Savannah her hometown to create Southern dishes and share her kitchen with friends and family. You learn and laugh with her at the same time. She has a few shows on the network one is Paula’s Best Dishes and the other is Paula’s Hometown Cooking.
Rachel Ray this girl cooks as fast as she can talk. She gives you ideas on how to cook a fast meal after working a long day, or how to pull together a meal you can share with friends. It is also nice to hear how much she loves her family especially her mother. She is best known for her 30 Minute Meals show. She makes you feel at ease in the kitchen. She prepares foods that can be found in your kitchen and that can be made in a short amount of time. That is important when you are working all week and don’t want to take all night preparing a meal.
Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond she is new to the network and got her start appearing on Paul Deen’s show. She lives out on a ranch and has a husband, and four kids. Her meals are hearty and folksy. She has to make those stick to your ribs meals for her hard working family. She has a laid back style and you always want to tune in to see what she is up to next.
Guy Fieri he got his start as winner of The Next Food Network Star. You knew he had that charisma and that he would have a bright future. He knows his way around a kitchen and covers a lot of territory in his half hour. He has the motorcycle rider look of heavy jewelry, tattoos, and crazy hair. He has a cooking show with Guy’s Big Bite and the show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives he travels the road going where the locals know the best food can be found.
Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten seems like a person you would like to be friends with. She is always cooking meals for her husband Geoffrey and her many friends. You see the people she is the closest to by their appearances on her show. She cooks all kinds of food ranging from French, Italian, American. Who wouldn’t want to hang out in The Hamptons with this classy lady?
The Neelys the husband and wife cooking team of Pat and Gina Neely take us to their home in Memphis where we learn how to barbeque with Pat and we learn how to do all kinds of cuisine from Southern to Mexican. They have a great rapport with each other and they know how to make great tasting food. Their show is called Down Home with the Neelys.
Tricia Yearwood she is a new comer to the Network and a pleasant surprise. She is a down home girl from Georgia who likes to cook and spend time with her family and friends. Each week she cooks up a meal of country favorites with relatives, band mates, or friends. She also has a great sense of humor. Her show is called Tricia’s Southern Kitchen.
COMPETITIONS - if you have a love for reality television and games in particular you will love this network. There are many shows that test the endurance of the chefs.
Cupcake Wars bakers in teams compete to win the competition by baking cupcakes out of various ingredients that one might not think of in a dessert. At the end there are 2 teams left to create a stand to display their creations and the one with the best display and the tastiest cupcakes wins $10,000 and the chance to show their cupcakes at an event.
Chopped in this show chefs must open the baskets in front of them in three rounds appetizers, entrée, and dessert. One person is chopped after each dish, with two chefs battling at the dessert round to win the $10,000 and bragging rights. It is amazing what the chefs can create in a short amount of time and with some of the difficult ingredients they are given. It makes you wonder if I were in their shoes could I create something that was as wonderful.
Iron Chef America two renownedchefs battle for an hour making appetizers, entrees, and desserts. They have to plate creatively, they have to cook something totally unexpected and make it taste good. It is neat to watch the masters battle it out and see who dish reigns supreme. If you can win on this show you deserve the Iron Chef title. It is a hard battle.
Sweet Genius is a show where bakers compete in making the most original desserts. They are judged by Ron Ben-Israel a master pastry chef. The bakers have to be on their toes because they are given a theme, a mystery ingredient, and they have to impress Ron in order to get to the next round. When it is over they win $10,000 and the right to be a Sweet Genius. Anyone who can make it through the tough obstacles he sets up for them deserves the money and the title.
SHOWS THAT DEAL WITH RESTAURANTS- these shows take you into the world of restaurants in different ways.
Restaurant Impossible Robert Irvine is given a mission impossible task of turning around a failing restaurant in a few days’ time. You will be amazed at how he can redecorate, shake up the kitchen, and snap the owners back into reality. This guy seems to thrive with working against the clock. He is an angel to many of the people he has saved from financial ruin.
Diners Drive-Ins and DivesGuy Fieri takes us around the country dropping in on restaurants that people write and in and rave about. Guy is fun and he gets a kick out of all the people he meets and the great food he gets to eat. You will wish you could ride shotgun.
THE FOOD - the main draw to the show is, of course, the food. Food Network helps you when a holiday is coming up. Weeks before Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, they will air episodes that will give you ideas for your menu and remind you of what you need to do to make the perfect meal. Each week there may be a theme that weaves around to the shows being aired. It could be about barbeque, it could be about seafood, Italian, or Mexican. Food Network will always come up with new tips, and no need to write down the recipes just go to their web site at foodnetwork.com and you will find all the recipes you need.
Food Network is additive because there is always something to be learned. It is also a show to watch to spend time with the chefs who bring you into their worlds and make you feel welcome. It is a place to watch the game show or a place to plan what you might want for dinner that night. You finish the shows feeling like you have been entertained. You will feel relaxed and you also will subconsciously remember what you have learned. The shows will expand your horizons and in time you may feel like you have become a much better cook. Enjoy!