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  1. ruffy666

    Buddy vs. Duff

    Has anyone here made a banana cream pie that DIDN'T turn that color? I thought that was pretty much standard unless you: make vanilla pastry cream and add the bananas later, in which case the flavor is impacted, or add a bunch of food coloring to try to yellow it out? That said, I didn't care for Duff's pie either. I think he's been spending too much time with the contestants on Kids' Baking Championship. I agree with most folks here that bigger isn't always better, but I also think there is something to be said for the initial "wow factor" of bringing out a really big cake. At first glance, both look impressive so the win goes to BIG. It's not until you look at the details that you notice, hey, the big one is a little sloppy while the smaller one is super clean. Judges should know better but that doesn't necessarily negate that initial "holy cow!" when the cakes come out. Of course, all of this assumes that the competition is being fairly judged and not carefully orchestrated for optimal drama......... 😝
  2. ruffy666

    Spring Baking Championship

    I'm probably the last person who should be judging people on their appearance, but whatever Clinton did to his face is really distracting. I only know him from WNTW, though, so I guess a lot can happen over the years >_< I still prefer him to Ali Khan so I guess we're good there... Man that dude's fennel "sculpture" was ... well it sure was something! I am surprised that someone who competed on Iron Chef multiple times wasn't more in tune with working under time constraints to come up with something that actually looks professional.
  3. ruffy666

    Nailed It!

    Oh man, Jacques saying "don't swallow!" in the background had me rolling. He said it like an actual warning and not a joke which made it 10x funnier to me.
  4. ruffy666

    Holiday Gingerbread Showdown

    lol lol lol i had the exact same reaction, that commercial was driving me absolutely nuts. the one for Holiday Baking Championship isn't much better (Lorraine: yes! yes! yes!) Beatriz's snarky comments kind of entertained me. I mean, I can certainly understand why other people would find them obnoxious. It reminded me of the old SNL sketch where Martina Navratilova kept showing up to prove how much better she was at everything than Chris Evert. Anybody? No? lol That said, her work was stunning. STUNNING. I don't often say anything nice about anyone on any Food Network show (ha!) but I was pretty blown away by the quality of her piping.
  5. ruffy666

    Season Five Episode Talk

    I thought it looked like the fake grass they sometimes use in pre-packaged sushi. I was trying to think of a way to make it look less weird... even if he'd done it in all white it probably would've come across better
  6. ruffy666

    Season Five Episode Talk

    Hey, first episode down and I don't really hate anyone?! That's great! Agree that Jesse seems to be doing a better job this year, he's more pleasant and engaged with the contestants. Had to laugh at hilaryvm's comment because I couldn't help but notice the same thing. Lorraine always takes a tiny, tiny bite. Duff takes a huge bite and looks to the heavens. Nancy takes a medium-sized bite and stares creepily at the contestant. At least they're consistent :)
  7. ruffy666

    Halloween Baking Championship

    The smoke theme was lame mostly because everyone implemented it the exact same way, i.e. let's throw some dry ice into a little pool of liquid and be done with it. I'm not saying I could've done better, but that tells you it was probably just a lazy theme in the first place. I'm ok with Lindsay winning and would've been ok with Jamal, too. So I guess all is right with the world. Michelle's mermaid cake was a big ol WTF (and a clear indicator that trying to scale home baker talent to that level ain't easy!) Seems like opinions are mixed on the judges... I generally like Lorraine, has anyone ever seen that old baking school show she used to have on Cooking Channel? She obviously knows her stuff. I've always disliked Zac on every show he pops up on because he seems to be super into himself, even when he's joking around, it's still like, YEAH I'M JOKING AROUND SEE HOW COOL I AM BECAUSE I CAN TAKE A JOKE. It just grates on my nerves.
  8. ruffy666

    Halloween Baking Championship

    I gotta think they spread themselves a little thin by having a bunch of different baking championships throughout the year. So now they try to save the better talent for the Holiday Baking Championship (or maybe Next Great Baker) and consider the Halloween series to be strictly B-team. On a related note, did anyone catch Halloween Cake-Off? Didn't even know that was a thing. I only caught the first few minutes but there were a bunch of repeat contestants from other shows.
  9. ruffy666

    S08.E04: Could It Be . . . Satan?

    Just a virtual high-five from someone who really, really wants to like this season but can't get into it. I am all in for the diversity of this year's cast but the acting has been bad and the dialog is really poorly written. It's gone beyond campy, beyond cheesy to just full on cornball. The whole witch/warlock - women/men thing is just way too on-the-nose to say anything interesting about that power dynamic. So far this is my least favorite season yet everyone else seems to be eating it up!
  10. ruffy666

    Halloween Baking Championship

    Is it fair to say that John Henson is the best host this show has had? I loved him when he was on Talk Soup and I'm happy to have him back in some capacity. I know I already said this but hubby and I were commenting how wild it is that it was someone's JOB to cast these people. Specifically thinking about Cicely because she seems to have no personality or sense of humor whatsoever (and isn't a particularly amazing baker) so, like... why? If it were just a random assortment of bakers, ok, but these people were intentionally put on TV.
  11. ruffy666

    Halloween Baking Championship

    Always happy to hate-watch this show, and I'm also glad that John's back again as host. I see I complained about this last season too but, man, these contestants... who is casting this show? There's a whole lotta sweat dripping into these baked goods!
  12. ruffy666

    S14.09 The Newest Star

    The problem with this show (and, I guess, most reality shows) is it makes me feel incredibly old because my mind immediately turns to "MAN THIS SHOW WAS SO MUCH BETTER WHEN...!!!" It seems like the first season, maybe first two seasons, have actual talent and a relatively pure concept. And then it's all rapidly downhill from there. But I digress... Now if you kids would kindly get off my lawn...
  13. ruffy666

    S14.09 The Newest Star

    Buncha Manny apologists in this thread! He may be the most "real" but he is almost incomprehensible about half the time, which is not a good quality in a TV chef. It's not just that he talks too fast, it's that his sentences don't even make sense and frequently incorporate totally incorrect words or misleading information. REE THOMPSON, that still makes me LOL. It does suck to make it to the top 3 and lose out to BOTH of your competitors! I don't mind Christian but I agree that his pilot was rough-- he was really aggressive with Antonia, a genuinely knowledgeable and charismatic chef (give HER a show!) I thought Jess showed a ton of improvement in her pilot and could see her on a show like The Kitchen or something.
  14. ruffy666

    S14.E04 Panic on the Panel

    No disrespect but you guys who like Manny, what the #$)!& are you smoking... :) He seems like a good guy but he does not know how to string together a coherent sentence. Listening to him go around and around in circles and try to complete a thought without actually saying anything at all is painful. PAINFUL. It's wild to see someone who can be super charming in interviews turn into such a mess on camera (for example, I could really get into Amy's self-deprecating snark but when she's on camera it's just plain uncomfortable!) Christian emerged relatively unscathed this episode. I ended up liking Jess .37% more because she is able to describe food well. Everyone else can pack it up.
  15. ruffy666

    Best Baker In America

    Happy with the top 3 and happy with the winner... what more could you ask for? Well, you could ask for Scott Conant to get a new stylist. He was dressed like evil corporate Willy Wonka last night! I audibly gasped when Lasheeda was stacking her Sacher Torte and the jam basically shot out the sides... that's how much of a baking nerd I am!