In My House: Cooking Shows

One of my guilty pleasures is cooking shows.

Although cooking is not my favorite thing to do, it turns out I’m a little bit of a foodie. I love trying new cuisine, pairing interesting food and wine, and fantasizing about going to dinner at Ina Garten’s house (see below).

Here are three of my favorite cooking shows:


(I could definitely eat this entire dish.)

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The Real Girl’s Kitchen (on the Cooking Channel): This show is hosted by Haylie Duff. You might know her as Summer from Napolean Dynamite (or at least that’s how I knew her). She is also sister of Hilary Duff, who, sorry to say, has always annoyed me, but luckily Haylie is pretty laid back and cool. Recently she made a baked brie with honey and thyme that had my mouth watering. She also made a version of s’mores in a waffle cone. You put marshmallow, chocolate, bananas, and other yummy treats in a waffle cone that you then wrap in foil and place on a campfire. What?! Genius.


(When I watch these shows, what I really want is for the hosts to just bring the food over to my house. Like this ham quiche prepared by Damaris Phillips.)

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Southern at Heart (on Food Network): Host Damaris Phillips was a winner of Food Network Star and brings some new and interesting approaches to southern cooking. I never really fancied myself a southern food fan. Maybe because fried food sometimes turns my stomach and I am a wimp about spicy cuisine. Damaris is a likeable, friendly host.


(My girl Ina’s lemon chicken. I have actually cooked this many times but I’ll leave the food photography to the experts, at least for now.)

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The Barefoot Contessa (on Food Network): I have been watching this for years. I own four of her cookbooks and my girl Ina really inspires me to cook something decent now and then. I make her tarragon potato salad regularly and I often turn to her lemon chicken recipe. I fantasize about being invited over to Ina’s for a dinner party. I about died when I saw the scene from 30 Rock where Ina visits Liz Lemon in a dream and says: “Hello, neighbor! My husband Jeffrey is out of town and I have this platter of bruschetta and a bottle of wine I need to share.”


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