And the winner is: Giada De Laurentiis

I don't know if anyone is surprised here, but the very lovely, very Italian chef, Giada De Laurentiis has stomped the competition in the latest poll.  Who is the hottest female chef?  40% of you who voted said you love Giada's low cut shirts and fancy measuring cups.

The winner wasn't much of a surprise to me, but the race for second was a heated one.  Nigella Lawson and Paula Deen battled it out for the silver.  I stopped the poll at an even 200 votes and Nigella, my favorite female, beat the silver haired southerner by one vote.  Better luck next year Paula. 

Surprisingly, not that many people voted for Sandra Lee.  I recieved a few e-mails about this topic and a lot of you felt she tried too hard to be sexy or that she was a little too Stepford Wife for you.  I can see that.  No arguments here.

Here's how the results broke down:

  1. Giada De Laurentiis: 79 votes (40% of the total).  Gotta love those low cut tops.

  2. Nigella Lawson:  39 votes (20% of the total)  See, curves can be sexy, too!

  3. Paula Deen:  38 votes (19% of the total)  Hey, y'all!  This proves that grandmas can be hot!

  4. Rachael Ray: 24 votes (12% of the total)  EV uh-oh! Maybe she should cook something sexier than a burger.

  5. Sandra Lee: 18 votes (9% of the total)  Maybe matching your wardrobe to the table is more creepy than sexy, and a little too high maintenance.

  6. Ellie Krieger: 2 votes (1% of the total)  I don't know that enough people know who this is.  Try again next year.

Disagree with the votes?  Feel free to comment. 


Get to know your favorite Food Network chef with Chefography week

How did Rachael Ray take over our TVs?  Who taught Paula Deen to use all that butter?  Who put the "BAM" in Emeril's sauce?  Tune in this week to the Food Network for Chefography week to find out all the answers about your favorite chefs.

  • Rachael Ray's chefography airs March 23rd @ 8pm ET/PT and March 24th @ 9pm ET/PT

  • Bobby Flay's chefography airs March 23rd @ 9pm ET/PT

  • Ina Garten's chefography airs March 25th @ 2pm ET/PT

  • Nigella Lawson's chefography airs March 21th @ 8pm ET/PT and March 25th @ 3pm ET/PT

  • Paula Deen's chefography airs March 20th @ 8pm ET/PT and March 24th @ 7pm ET/PT

  • Sandra Lee's chefography airs March 20th @ 9pm ET/PT and March 24 @ 10pm ET/PT

  • Tyler Florence's chefography airs March 21th @ 9pm ET/PT and March 25 @ 6pm ET/PT

  • Giada DeLaurentiis' chefography airs March 22th @ 8pm ET/PT and March 25 @ 4pm ET/PT

  • Emeril Lagasse's chefography airs March 24 @ 8pm ET/PT

  • Mario Batalli's chefography airs March 22th @ 9pm ET/PT and March 25 @ 5pm ET/PT

Maybe next time they do Chefography week, they'll delve into Alton Brown's past.  I'd really like to see how he came up with all those cooky gadgets.  Until then, I'll have to settle with the chefs above.  I think I'm ok with that.


Yet another article about the love-hate relationship people have with Rachael Ray

I swore I wasn't going to post any more articles about this subject for a while, but with some of the quotes that Patricia Talorico from the Gannett News Service found, I just couldn't resist this one.

We all know that you either love or hate Rachael Ray.  You can even love her one day and hate her the next.  That's the beauty of this cook.  The other beauty is the fact that she doesn't take herself seriously and even if you laugh at her, she still laughs, too.

All this we know.  What we don't know, or at least what I didn't, was what Martha Stewart has to say about this loud, cheery chef that is taking her audience away.  Talorico writes:

"In a November 2006 Business Week article, (Martha) Stewart grumbled that Ray's daily show, which premiered last September, 'is much less appealing than her Food Network show. It's very disjointed and loud, and I don't learn anything,' Stewart says."

Talorico also illustrates that, "Ray's show averages 2.3 million viewers - or 46 percent more than Stewart's, based on Nielsen Media Research."  So perhaps Stewart's comment is merley fueled on by jealousy.  Who knows?

This was an interesting article to read.  It also goes in to some blog comments about Ray, which aren't very nice.  I'll let you click on over to the article itself to read those little tidbits.

There's also some news about a restaurant in the works, which will feature, what else...burgers.

Check it out, and let me know what you think.  The article is called Rachael Ray has plenty of fans - and detractors .


Rachael Ray immortalized in wax

Special thanks to Stephanie from for this post.

According to Stephanie, Food Network's quick cooking chef has been made into a wax figurine for Madame Tussauds New York.  Check out her site for the photos,

In my opinion, they both look fake, but the smile is spot on accurate.  I think the sculptor was a little kind in the weight department.  That is one skinny wax figurine.  I like how Rachael seems normal size, but I guess if I was made into a wax figure for all the world to see, I would ask the artist to slim me down as well.


I want Nigella Lawson's cutting board!

And you can have it if you'd like. I've had a lot of e-mails asking me where to buy the products they see their favorite TV chef's using when they cook their dishes. Luckily, the Food Network places a lot of the products that you see online for purchase. Check out for things like:

Rachael Ray's Anolon 5-Qt. Covered Oval Saute Pan

Michael Chiarello's Cocorico Chicken Roaster

and of course Nigella Lawson's Mezzaluna Board in Beech

There are many other cookware categories that you can browse from. Emeril has his own page at the store. The items can be sorted any way you like, as in by chef, by category, or by show. There are also many many cookbooks to choose from if you'd like those sorts of things.


Rachael Ray does $40 a Day in Laguna Beach

beachOK, folks, this isn't my favorite show, but for the first time, Rachael Ray decided to take her $40 a Day show to my neck of the woods.  Last Friday, I caught the Laguna Beach, California episode.  I had actually just gone to Laguna Beach a couple of weekends before, and the weekend before that.  In case you're confused, I live in beautiful, yet slightly pretentious Orange County, and I was excited to see where Rachael would end up eating in Laguna Beach.  The place is covered in cafes and I usually end up eating at Pomodoro or BJ's Pizza.  I'm not that adventurous when it comes to eating out, nor do I like spending tons of money on something I could have made myself for considerably less. 

I was intrigued by the little market Rachael found in the Zinc Cafe.  But sadly, she ordered a disgusting eggplant sandwich for lunch.  The cafe seemed neat, anyway.  So neat, it might actually have enticed me to give the little market a try the next time I'm in town.

I have to admit, that Laguna Beach isn't my favorite beach down here in Southern California.  It's a little too small, and the shopping that Rachael mentioned may be plentiful, but a bit pricey.  The art galleries are beautiful and fun to wander around in.  In fact the Wyman Gallery is a hop, skip, and a jump away from where Ray was meandering.  He used to be my favorite artist when I was growing up.

I'm still not a fan of the show, but this episode got me a lot closer.


And the winner is: Rachael Ray's fast and fun Valentine's Day

The results are in, and it looks like most of you spent your Valentine's Day the Rachael Ray way!  With fast, fun recipes and a laid back style, it's easy to see why so many of you chose this method of celebration as opposed to the elaborate Martha Stewart way of entertaining. 

Did any of you try to cook a Rachael Ray meal for you honey?  Which one was it and how did it turn out?


What's your Valentine's Day style? Rachael Ray or Martha Stewart?

heartAssociated Press reporter, J.M. Hirsch, poses this interesting question in an article on  If you need help deciding what kind of Valentine's Day you would like to have, take a gander at Hirsch's comparisons.  Maybe you're a Martha.  If you'd like to spend your evening "elegant and involved," cuddled up watching "Out of Africa or the 1940 version of Pride and Prejudice," then the stern, slightly scary lifestyle guru is your pick.  If you'd like to spend your evening "fast and fun" watching "Casablanca or When Harry Met Sally," then Rachael Ray's your girl.

Hirsch also gives you possible menu choices for each of they styles that he outlines.  If you picked Martha, you'd be in the kitchen for a very long time making a very extravagant meal.  Her menu includes, Parmesan Cheese Souffle, Pistachio Souffles with Soft Chocolate Centers, and Creme Anglaise. This menu takes approximatley 2 hours and 45 minutes to prepare.

If you pick Rachael, you get a very quick, slightly cheaper menu.  On this menu we have Cognac-Sauced Pepper Steaks, Caramelized Onion-Dressed Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts, and Chocolate Cups with Whipped Cream for dessert.  This menu only takes about 20 minutes to prepare.

If you're stuck trying to decide which menu to choose, think of what you're trying to accomplish here.  I have a feeling that if you're not a professional cook, or if you're signinificant other is merely excited to see you in the kitchen, it might be easier and less stressful to prepare Rachael's menu.  If you are entertaining an entire dinner party, or are dealing with hard to impress people, you might give Martha's menu a shot.  Both ladies, however, did agree that the best way to end a romantic home-cooked meal was to cuddle up on the couch with a romantic movie.  If I could be so bold to request a couple, I think I would go for Joe vs. the Volcano, or for more of a romantic touch, Love Actually.  Yes, I am aware that it's not Christmastime, but that movie is good in all seasons.  If you're guy hates chick flicks, go with Joe.

Check out J.M. Hirsch's article for the full menus and recipes. 


The woes of Rachael Ray's husband

I have to start out by apologizing to you all.  I've been a little lazy with my blog lately due to life and stuff.  Thanksgiving was a big hoopla and after all that cooking, I took a little break from all things food.  But now, I'm back.  What brought me back, you might say?  My brother.  He mentioned a little tid bit about the shiny happy cook, Rachael Ray that I hadn't heard anything about.  My brother doesn't follow any sort of food news and the fact that he heard about the reported sex scandal with Rachael Ray's husband and I didn't, was shocking.  I had to look the story up immediatley.

According to a story in the, on Wednesday, December 13th, writers Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa state:

"John Cuisimano, the rocker hubby of TV food queen Rachael Ray, is spitting mad over tabloid reports that he had a kinky affair with a Florida woman, whom he supposedly paid to spit on him!"  

The article goes on to say that this story was broken by the questionably reliable, National Enquirer.  I have to admit that even though the Enquirer may not exactly be the New York Times, they sometimes do get things right.  I'm not saying they are necessarily ethical in their methods or that this story is true, but one never knows.  I almost want to believe that this story is true.  It gives Rachael a little bit of a dark side.  Like there's more to her that we realize.  She isn't perfect.  Her marriage has problems like so many of us out there.  In a way I like that.  It makes her more relatable and perhaps a little easier to watch.

In addition to the sex scandal stuff, the article on does shine some more light on who the husband is.  I never knew he was a rocker.  In fact, I didn't even know his name is John.  The sex scandal might be a rouse to shoot his band into the rock star stratosphere.  You never know.

What are your thoughts?  Do you think there is any merit to this claim?  Are we all idiots for even entertaining the notion that this might be true?


Rachael Ray : an icon of sexy?

Mike over at TV Food Fan pointed me in the direction of a lovely little blurb about the quick cooking Rachael Ray.  The blurb is from the Village Voice has comments about Rachael and features a picture from FHM magazine.  Please click here and take a look at this thing.  My focus for this comment is the picture.

Firstly, I never saw Rachael Ray as a sexual icon and I was a little shocked at what I saw.  Once I clicked on the link, it looked like they stuck Rachael's head on someone else's body.  Not that I don't believe that the slim, toned, body is Rachael Ray's, because I do.  But the pose is so absurd.  She has her typical Rachael Ray smile in all it's big teeth glory, and then she is sitting on the kitchen counter covered in bubbles.  If you are reading this and haven't yet clicked on the picture, I'm sure you're thinking, "Wow!  That's hot!"  So please click here. To me it's just odd looking.  The concept of Rachael Ray even being in FHM Magazine never even crossed my mind as a possibility and frankly, I'm not sure that I like it.  Kudos to the Burger Queen for putting herself out there as a sexy person, but I can't help it if it made me uneasy.

I'm all for sexy chefs and cooks.  I'm a huge fan of having people see all sides of you, but she have to smile like that?  She kind of looks like she is surprised to be there herself.  Like she is laughing at the fact that someone wants this picture.  I just don't see it.  She doesn't look sexy to me in this picture.  Please let me know if you disagree.  Tell me the appeal of this pose. Is it the cleaning the dishes thing?  Tell me.  I beg you.

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