I just love Saturday afternoons, especially rainy Saturday afternoons. Why you ask. Because of PBS' cooking shows. I get the greatest ideas.
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In my area, central Connecticut, the cooking shows start on Saturday at 2:00 PM with Cut Up and Cook. That is an O.K. show cooking everyday foods, nothing special, and not my favorite.
At 2:30 PM starts Christina Cooks, which is Italian cooking. It is very interesting. Christina seems to be in her early 60's and cooks very simple and appetizing dishes. What I like about her is she lets you know exactly what ingredients are in the dishes and the amounts, and she does not cook very fast, so it is easy to write down everything she does.
At 3:00 PM we have Cooking In with Todd English. Again, this is not one of my favorites, but he is very interesting. The dishes look good, but not really what I would make. Just my taste. You should take a look for yourself.
3:30 PM is Savor the Regions. This is a very good show because as the name says, they cook from different regions around the world every week. Some of the things look good and I have tried them, and others don't really appeal to me. But again, just my taste.
At 4:00 PM my absolutely favorite show begins. It is Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. As you probably can surmise, this is Julia Childs and Jacques Pippin. They cook in Jacques kitchen in Connecticut, and even though Julia is older than dirt, she is still so interesting and exciting to watch. And they mesh so well. They complement each other and their differences in opinion as to how to make a certain dish are really funny. Jacques tends to use garlic in everything and Julia uses real butter and a lot of it in everything. They argue about these two things all the time. On one show, they were making mashed potatoes and Jacques had been putting garlic in everything being made on this show. When he tried to put garlic in the mashed potatoes, Julia really had a fit. She was very insistent about not using garlic anymore on that show. It was really funny, and of course, she won. The banter between them is the best part of this show and of course the dishes are wonderful. Please try to watch this show.
At 4:30 PM is Great Cooking. This is a show from all over the world with no specific person cooking. Just showing different dishes from around the world. I like this show also.
Well, that is my Saturday afternoon. I know most of you don't have time to just sit and watch these shows, as I don't most of the time, but I sometimes tape them, as you can, and watch later. You can get some great ideas and even if you don't make any of these recipes, you get ideas on how to change your own favorite recipes to make them a little different.
There are two shows that are on at night. One is Emeril Live and the other is the Iron Chef. I am sure you all know Emeril by now and his essence which he "bams" into his recipes. I have this essence and it is great, every spicy, but delicious. If you are looking for low calorie recipes, don't bother to watch Emeril, unless you just want to watch his showmanship. And again, you really can get some great ideas from him.
The Iron Chef is a Japanese show. Every week a challenger and the Iron Chef go head-to-head cooking. At the beginning of the show, the moderator gives the chefs the main ingredient that they will have to cook with in one hour. From soup to dessert, that ingredient has to be in each dish. So, if the main indredient is tuna, for instance, even the dessert must have tuna in it. It is really interesting. And at the end of the show, critics taste the food and rate the chefs and one wins. Usually the Iron Chef wins, but many times that I have watched, the challenger has won. And the most interesting part of this show is that it is all in Japanese with subtitles or you hear an interpreter. Watch it once and I am sure you will be hooked. We get it on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:00 PM until 11:00 PM. So again, you can tape it if it is too late for you.
Well, happy "cooking show" watching. I hope you like these shows as much as I do.
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