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Jul. 8, 2011 7:44 am 
Updated: Jul. 11, 2011 7:58 am
Okay, I think I am a bit off my rocker ☼ but I have become a bit addicted to the Reality Cooking Shows on the Food Network. I have started watching "The Next Food Network Star", "Cupcake Wars" and "Chopped". I also watch the Next "Master Chef"  on (I think) NBC. It is so cool to watch other people's creative juices as they are challenged to cook. WOW! I have even gone so far as looking for odd cupcake recipes because on Cupcake Wars they are challenged to use such unusual ingredients. I have become interested in upgrading my cooking/baking skills. It would be neat to find myself on one of those shows.

Jul. 8, 2011 7:53 am
The competitions I find sort of boring or too contrived. There are two I do like, neither of which are competions, well sort of. Throwdown with Bobby Fley is sort of a competition but not really. Then Diners, Driveins and Dives has started to grow on me. Lol, it's all good, anything that inspires!
Jul. 8, 2011 9:15 am
I like most of the competition style shows. I watch Masterchef but I dunno, it's not one of my faves even love I love Gordon Ramsey. Don't much care for Cupcake Wars either.. most of the things they make are just too weird and don't sound good at all to me. One episode I watched recently had the judges saying "hmm I don't know if your flavours work for me..."... well of course they don't, you made them use ingredients like pork and caviar! I do really like Chopped though, even though they have to make a lot of weird things there too! And Top Chef is my favourite :)
Jul. 8, 2011 9:37 am
I am able to find myself falling asleep during any of them. I find greater interest in shows that the cook talks about the food and not with a commentator giving his opinion before a dish is fully prepared.
Jul. 8, 2011 1:15 pm
I love watching them as well, I find them entertaining. It's not rocket science but mindless entertainment after a hard days work. Cupcake Wars and Chopped are just plain fun to see what people come up with on the fly with what they are given. I did try to watch "Extreme Chef" but found that one just too dumb even for in the hot sun and having to run 1/2 mile for supplies and all that just didn't make much sense ;0
Jul. 8, 2011 7:38 pm
Did you see this blog: (it is the one right below yours). It is the Gang Up Challenge results.... from folks right here on AR! Join in the next one!!!! Sounds like you would really have fun!
Jul. 11, 2011 6:23 am
I have been to a Top Chef taping and to 2 Iron Chef tapings and Iron Chef blows Top Chef away for experience. Just getting to listen to Alton Brown LIVE for 1 hour straight was worth the charity auction donation. Masterchef looked promising but has turned into junk thanks to Joe B's pathetic attempt at being a kitchen hard guy. Food Network Star has put together cheftestants that fit the scheme & demographic needed for a reality show but not a single one of them has any appeal to watch on a standalone basis. I would throw a brick through my Big Screen HD TV before I would watch a show starring Penny. That being said - sent me an invite to compete on CHOPPED and I am there in a heartbeat just so I could see Alex Guarnaschelli gag on some awful ingredient I didn't know what to do with from the basket.
Jul. 11, 2011 7:58 am
Pffft, Doug, that made me laugh. I agree about Penny and really, in fact, that this season's Food Network Star cast does indeed NOT contain anyone who will be a star on that network--no one I would watch anyway, but I still find the show appealing.
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My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, especially during the fall and winter when it is cool outside. I am always looking for scone recipes. I live in apple country so I also like apple recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My son, who loves to cook, and I like to cook Thanksgiving Dinner together. My son is always trying to invent something wild and crazy. His recipes are usually pretty tasty.
My cooking triumphs
Two of my recipes seem to be in demand where ever I take them. Corn Casserole and Sour Cream Apple Pie.
My cooking tragedies
Well, this may or may not be such a tragedy. I use to use Pillsbury pie crust dough for all my pies. . I know very lazy of me. However, in the last six months I have been very disappointed in the Pillsbury pie dough. I haven't been able to unroll it and end up re-rolling it. Doesn't save me any time, so I am back to making my own pie dough, using canola oil instead of Crisco. I am glad I switched.
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