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  1. Chit-Chat

    They would never let me on that show. My default setting isn’t “giddy”. But yes, just to make Drew laugh his ass off, I would do that. And then I would say just kidding and say hi to my kids, my Internet friends at Previously.TV, and Kate Beckinsale just in case she’s watching and is single these days.
  2. Chit-Chat

    My staff at work suggested that all going together to a class would be an excellent "team building" activity. It's actually hard to argue with that, although my team is pretty solid and doesn't need any Saturday building. But I'm probably going to run it by HR to see what they think. Totally unrelated: This happens pretty much every time I watch the Price is Right. Drew [right after a contestant spins the wheel]: Is there anybody back home you would like to say hi to? Me: Look him right in the eye and say "Nope" and then look back at the wheel. Every contestant ever: I'd like to say hi to my boyfriend, my mom, my friends back at work... Me: Someday...
  3. Season 16 (Kentucky) Last Chance Kitchen

    LCK is a great look at Tom; it’s just him and he seems to REALLY enjoy it. Lots of smiling, lots of interactions with the cast especially as it goes along. You will enjoy it.
  4. Pet Peeves

  5. S16.E01: The Fastest 2 Minutes in Cooking

    There are two very important things that comprise a successful Top Chef contestant: Being a talented and creative chef Being good at the game Caitlin wasn’t able to adapt to game play quickly enough. (Meaning figuring out how to make something that will be great on the four judges’ plates.) Mr. Play it Safe is another good example of someone who better figure out the game in a hurry. TV isn’t free. It costs a lot of money to make it, even Top Chef, so they’re going to do their best to make sure people who want to consume their product pay for it one way or another. Even if that payment is in the form of our time being forced to watch advertisements.
  6. Season 16 (Kentucky) Last Chance Kitchen

    I have a good friend named Caitlin who doesn’t watch the show, but before it premiered I told her there was Caitlin spelled her way in the cast. When I texted her Friday that her namesake got eliminated and then eliminated again she said, “Ah, she looked like a loser. Not all Caitlins can be winners.” Heh.
  7. Chit-Chat

    It was a really cool experience! I’m definitely going back for more in the spring. The CIA in Hyde Park is a big deal university. Somebody told me that she wanted to go there because it’s like the Harvard of cooking schools. The chef who taught my class talked to us (when were eating all the food we made) about the school and how it’s a full blown university experience. The students need to understand math, business, all sorts of things in addition to the creative stuff. I took the Tastes of Asia class. My dish was Singapore Noodles with Chinese sausage. The class made dishes from India, China, Japan and all sorts of different cultures. Cooking in the giant commercial wok over a 150,000 BTU burner was freaking fun. The cook times in my recipe were “a few seconds” as I added each ingredient. Some of the 14 people came by themselves like me, others came with a friend or parter. A few received the class as a gift. (It’s a great gift idea.) Everyone was friendly and enthusiastic. People came from up to two hours away if not more. I took away a few new things, nothing life changing, but that’s the way I learn at this point in my life, just keep adding to what I already experienced.
  8. Holiday Food Traditions!

    This is getting made in my house today. Great idea.
  9. What's For Dinner?

    I eat a huge salad every night. I don’t even take it out of the mixing bowl anymore, just scarf it down while I’m waiting for whatever else it is I’m preparing is cooking.
  10. Bringing back Brother Luck, Jim, and Carrie makes it super tough for the newly eliminated contestants. All three are strong and experienced competitors. I adore Carrie and the way she goes about things. I think Tom does as well. It was kind of amusing the way Caitlin’s face dropped when Carrie walked in, the physical manifestation of her words that were essentially “Fuckin’ Carrie... shit just got real in here.” And she was right to feel that way.
  11. S16.E01: The Fastest 2 Minutes in Cooking

    I genuinely enjoyed this episode. Any time that the judges like the vast majority of the food, and the majority of the chefs seem to be talented and somewhat charming, I enjoy this show. Highlight for me was the camera focusing in on Tom as he made faces eating the soup and then him brightly stating that he didn’t know what he’s eating but it’s fantastic. Heh. I think you can get the details in the media thread here. Or you can just go watch it now, which I did immediately after I finished the main episode this morning because I was excited about one of the people brought back.
  12. The Chefs/Cheftestants of Top Chef

    My all time favorite season. Kevin Gillespie was my favorite. Over time and seeing him here and there, I've come to really like and respect Michael Voltaggio. Just the other day on Best Thing I Ever Ate somebody chose a hamburger he made as the best hamburger they ever ate. Then as Voltaggio walked through what he did to make that hamburger, all I could think was that he really is world class talented and off the charts creative. If I remember correctly, it's the one at the bottom of this article.
  13. Top Chef in the Media

    I agree with both of those thoughts, and I'll tack on that I loved Carrie. She did some crazy shit that made me and all of the chefs around her say "that's nuts" and then the judges would be all "Wow, this is great!"
  14. What's For Dinner?

    I grilled hamburgers for lunch yesterday. It was 45 degrees with a light misting rain. Warm enough. I miss the grill when it drops down below 30, and I have to climb through snow. Although that scenario always makes for a fun Facebook update photo in March when we have one of the first 50 degree days but there's still two feet of snow on the ground. Warm enough for grilling, so I dig a path to the grill and celebrate spring in snow boots and shorts.
  15. Chit-Chat

    I just registered for a cooking class at the local CIA campus this weekend. I'm really excited about this. There were a few classes to choose from, from Knife Skills, to Tastes of Asia, to CIA Classics and Quick Gourmet Meals. There were also holiday cookie and baking classes. This is the last weekend they have the one day type classes until March. (Over the winter they have "boot camps" which are several days type things, and cost a pretty penny.) If I like this one, I'm going to recruit some friends to join me for classes in the spring. And who am I kidding, of course I'm going to enjoy this.