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Food poisoning = Sandra Lee ≠ Susie Q. 
Jan. 9, 2011 4:41 pm 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2011 6:59 am
I was bored today while watching the Chiefs vs. Ravens, so I decided to try out a cooking show.  I've never watched cooking shows; my main television interests usually include my teams from the NFL, "The Office," and bad reality shows.  However, I've been in a "let's do something different!" mood this week, so I thought I'd watch a cooking show. 

My option at the time was some Sandra Lee cooking-on-a-budget show.  Within five minutes, I saw her handle raw fish AND cooked fish with the same utensil, place raw fish into a pan with food that does not require cooking, and handle a knife improperly.  I am the most amateur cook around, but even I know to not taste that food. 


Who is she dating that has so much money to buy her a show? 

For the record, I have four different cutting boards, I switch utensils constantly, and I wash my hands obsessively.  I worked in food service for a long time, and I know about foodborne illness and cross contamination.  If I cut something open to see if it's done, I throw those cutting utensils right into the dishwasher. 

And I don't cook with my chest falling out of my shirt. 

That's all. 
Jan. 9, 2011 5:42 pm
Hah! DH & I watch Food Network quite regularly and have never cared for Sandra Lee. You're right about the chest thing! (Giada has her chest out there most of the time too, but at least I like her show.) Lucky you didn't watch previous shows that Sandra's done "Semi-Homemade". The premise is that you can save a lot of time/money by using the majority of your ingredients pre-packaged. Her kitchen decor would change for each show - curtains, dish towels, plates, etc. AND her outfits would match her kitchen colors. After preparing the food, then she would have these elaborate "tablescapes".
Jan. 9, 2011 6:05 pm
Susie, you are a trip. I don't particularly care for Sandra's shows either. She has somehow managed to build an empire on the strength of being able to assemble processed and pre-packaged convenience foods into pseudo meals. Some people may dig it but I say 'thanks, but no thanks'. Magnolia, I loved your comment about Giada! It is SO true!
Jan. 9, 2011 6:13 pm
i love sandra and giada...can they cook? doubt it. but boy they look fine when their assets are falling out!
Jan. 9, 2011 6:16 pm
LOL! What I wonder is how much time it takes to get everything together for those "Quick" dinner ideas! My kitchen NEVER looks that neat and organized--especially when I'm cooking!
Jan. 9, 2011 6:18 pm
...and by the way, I totally get the boredom during the game:) Die hard chiefs fan here and I started playing a computer game in the 4th quarter!
Jan. 9, 2011 7:46 pm
Gary, I don't think my hubby is watching Food Network to look at Paula Deen or Alton Brown!
Jan. 9, 2011 7:55 pm
Gee Susie beng a tad hard on her doncha think? You have bit of OCD and I am a nutrition worker, I know about cross contam. Granted, she should have used different utensils. And who are You to say such a cr@ppy thing about How she got her show? That is Mean! You don't know her. I expect Gary to say something like that. Magnolia Blossom, the way she has that show is Her perogative.She created the show the way it is, I like it and if you would take the time to watch it, you might find some useful info, I think she is Very creative! Mangel, You don't have a room full of people helping you either:)Don't mean to hurt feelings JMO. And if her chest didn't fall out of her shirt, how do you think they get guys like Gary to watch during the day? LOL
Jan. 9, 2011 8:02 pm
No, I don't think I'm being hard on her. And for someone who wants me to have reverence for a cooking show host that does not know how to cook or display proper food safety, you seem to be pretty quick on saying that I have a mental disorder. So... yeah, for the record: Sandra Lee is a bad cook, and her boobs are saggy. Thanks, peace out.
Jan. 9, 2011 8:08 pm
Jan. 9, 2011 8:19 pm
She is dating the governor of New York I believe? But he has nothing to do with her show. She has the show because back in the day she invented home decorating tools. She became wealthy on her own, for which I respect her. I dont particularly care for her, but that's just my preference. I am trying to cook with less processed ingredients, and some of her recipes honestly seem weird to me. However, the reality is that many Americans simply cannot afford to make everything from scratch, or buy only organic ingredients. For millions of Americans, they have to do the best with what they can afford. It don't care what anyone says, it is so much cheaper to buy pre made foods than make it from scratch. A box of Mac and cheese is about 75 cents...a box of hamburger helper and a pound of 85/25 ground beef is about 5 bucks. Sandra grew up very poor, so she also had to eat what they could afford...Hence the basis for her show. (and i only know all of this from a bio i saw on the food network) Again, I don't personally enjoy it, but there's something out there for everyone. My biggest pet peeve about her old show was that she would do inexpensive, easy meals, but then her decorations and tablescapes would be elaborate and seemed to take a lot of time and money.
Jan. 9, 2011 8:20 pm
Say what you will. However, if you look up "creative" in the dictionary, I can guarantee you won't find pictures of processed cheese, the hepatitis A virus, or a set of cleavage.
Jan. 9, 2011 8:22 pm
Yeah, at least Giada's girls are still perky. Seriously, though, I agree with you, SusieQ; it is irresponsible for a TV cook to be shoddy with food safety.
Jan. 9, 2011 8:24 pm
I never watched enough of her show to notice her cooking a food personality, she should definitely set a better example.
Jan. 9, 2011 8:46 pm
I love foodnetwork.. Rachel Ray is my favorite and so is Giada.(even though rachel Ray is loud and obnoxious haha).Sandra lee should be a bit more careful in the kitchen but like maegena said her show is about saving money and time which most of americans dont really have. But she really needs to put her tits away..but its 2011 sex sells.
Jan. 9, 2011 8:51 pm
@ MrsHale89 "But she really needs to put her tits away" ROFL
Jan. 10, 2011 5:53 am
I'm loving this blog! Gary, you're such a man and at least you're honest!!
Jan. 10, 2011 11:00 am
Nothing wrong with being careful, Susie. I usually keep about 2 inches of HOT water w/dishsoap in the sink while I'm cooking. It's so easy to just dip, wipe, dry, and reuse the same utensils without worrying about the "B" word (Bacteria! Ugh!)
Jan. 10, 2011 5:21 pm
What time does Sandra Lee come on?
Jan. 10, 2011 8:17 pm
Hey Mike, go ask Gary! And why are all of you ganging up on Sandras Boobs? You have them too! Well Most of you. LOL What gives? Is she a threat or you just want to trash her to make Yours Look better? BTW, Susie, Mine sag too, after 3 kids and 45 years, I guess they should. I don't Care what her boobs look like, Only Gary and Mike care:) You are right about the cleanliness deal, that is important but her chest is not, I'm just saying. Sorry if I offended you or hurt your feelings.
Jan. 10, 2011 10:53 pm
I do watch her shows and some tips are useful. I just don't prefer her over some of the others and I understand that the reverse can be true for many. That's what makes us all different, not wrong. She does have the right to put out her show as she chooses as do any of the other cooks. She wouldn't have a show otherwise. I agree with Maegena, that her old show was about saving money, sometimes cooking enough of perhaps chicken breasts (not really a pun intended there) to make two meals, but then going on to elaborate, mostly expensive tablescapes. Creative ideas, but perhaps not always practical. I have watched many of her shows, but had not noticed any sanitation issues. However, there have been other Food Network chefs that have taste tested with a spoon, then used it for stirring. Oops!!
Jan. 11, 2011 4:39 am
Patty Cakes ~ I think it's time for you to get off of this blog and stop trying to stir up trouble. This isn't a forum for bored people to just sit and find ways to offend people. Your kind of posts are probably the reason alot of people are moving from AR to other blogs and websites. Shame on you. Grow up.
Jan. 11, 2011 4:57 am
LOL - my hubs loves her! Couldn't care LESS about what she is making! You will see many incidents of chefs wiping their hands on a towel instead of properly washing their hands. Drives me nuts! As for the boobs- well, the network must approve.... maybe the mens ratings have gone up - (no pun intended) LOL I generally prefer other cooking shows to hers tho but for content - not cleavage issues.
Jan. 11, 2011 5:33 am
Like every chef on the food network (and, now, the cooking channel, too) Sandra Lee has her followers. Does she cook the way I want to? No, but that's because as my husband says, I make everything too hard, I absolutely abhor pre-made, ready-made anything, probably a little OCD too. But, the point of any of these chefs/shows is to inspire US and give us motivation to try out new things. If she is compelling to watch, we're all a little more likely to get an idea from her. As I said, I don't LOVE her cooking method or style, but I read some background on her, she actually wrote a memoir a few years back, and she had a pretty tough childhood. She may be dating my governor NOW, but take my word for it, nothing has come easy for this lady. I MUCH prefer her over Rachel Ray, who, in my opion (and it's only my opinion) got the Oprah kiss of life too easily...with her, she would probably still be doing demo's in grocery stores.
Jan. 11, 2011 6:02 am
I don't watch those cooking shows very often either. I see lots of them do things that they shouldn't but I think one of the main reasons they make those mistakes is because they are throwing together the food in the shortest time possible in order to fit it all in one time slot. They have people prepping things for them, cleaning up after them, etc. I think if they were actually cooking at home they would do things totally different. On t.v. they are simply trying to put on show which makes them look ridiculous sometimes. The only positive thing about them is that I have gotten some ideas for recipes from their shows.
Jan. 11, 2011 6:33 am
When my grandmother was being cared for at home, she watched cooking shows all the time. I remember her yelling at the TV when she saw cooks to things like that. Even with moderate dementia she picked upon every food safety violation. Her biggest problem was that a lot of the women have long hair but don't tie it back(Sandra, Giada, and Rachel ar BIG offenders). That really got her going.
Jan. 11, 2011 7:06 am
I like her show - she's got great ideas! And as for her starting with prepared foods, isn't that the premise of her show?? But I agree about the decor on her tables - over the top in most cases!
Jan. 11, 2011 7:08 am
I, personally, couldn't care less about boobs, or lack there of. I did take notice on "House" when the chief of staff ran around with her boobs hanging out.
Jan. 11, 2011 7:20 am
LOL, Swchef! I know a few nurse managers who tend to do that in real life. Never noticed with Sandra Lee-she has good ideas for the woman who has to get food on the table and doesn't have a lot of time. I figure most cooks starting with her will develop into from-scratch cooks over time. My only criticism is that she always included an alcoholic drink with her meal, yet attributed alcohol as the main problem in her lousy childhood. Seems like she might want to stay away. Giada is a very good cook; I do think she could use a higher neckline, but men do seem to enjoy her show. Me, I like the Barefoot Contessa...calm, dressed, and she looks like she enjoys her life and isn't afraid to eat her own cooking.
Jan. 11, 2011 7:23 am
I have her on right now, not paying that much mine to it, put have wasted to much time reading all this ! Really who is she hurting????
Jan. 11, 2011 7:35 am
I think it has only been in recent years that they even showed the chefs washing their hands. People made a stink and all a sudden hand washing became a part of the show.
Jan. 11, 2011 7:41 am
It's TV, and I know the cleavage angle sells, especially to broaden the market to include males. But I have to admit...I never liked her show Semi-Homemade. Most of the stuff was not appealing at all to me. I'll start my meals without processed foods, thank you. And I know she had a rough childhood and good for her to have overcome that. For those of you who blasted Susie Q for her comments...exercise your right to watch the show and those of us who don't like Sandra Lee will exercise our right to turn it off. And everyone is entitled to an opinion--that includes what we blog about. I do tend to overlook most of the food safety lags made by the chefs on their shows, but I know how to prepare food safely. Still, it's a valid point for those who may not. Rock on Susie Q! : )
Jan. 11, 2011 7:53 am
I have read everyone's comments here and the bottom line is while you are attacking her verbally she could probably care less. She is making the money and're not! Don't knock someone for how they make a living. Think about it, what if it were you, trying to make a living the best way you know how and you had people bashing you for your imperfections. The purpose of the show is to learn what to do and what not to do. There are many Chefs with television shows that do things that would seem to go against the Food safety laws, but it is a show! If they were actually serving it to YOU...then that's different. I watch the food network and the cooking channel and guess what? If I see something that I do not agree with......I CHANGE THE CHANNEL! Talking about her clevage and how low they hang and how exposed they are shows some insecurities about YOU! Her show is informative on both sides of the fence......One for those who can afford to go all out on setting the table and decorating for the holidays, it gives them ideas. For those who cannot go all out, she shows how being creative doesn't have to be costly but can still look awesome. Notice how she talks about how inexpensive her decor is and what substitues she used. It is very time consuming but the end result is elegant and it looks as if you paid a fortune. I know from experience it is achievable. So, for all of you who have issues with her you have a choice...DON'T WATCH HER SHOW!. That is the same for any T.V. personality. Keep in mind we all do what we must do, however we must do it to pay the bills!
Jan. 11, 2011 8:03 am
wow, very opinionated people here. this is my opinion. if you don't like her cleavage, don't watch her. personally i don't pay attention to that. I do like some of her table-scapes, nothing wrong with that. if i had the money i would try some of them. it gives me ideas for when i entertain at my home. nothing wrong with that. Martha Stewart has been doing that for years. Sandra grew up poor and went through a lot growing up, she now made it big and she did it on her own accord-not a man! everyone has different tastes, you don't like her well that is your prerogative, you shouldn't put her down or insinuate she is a and that's how she got her show in defense of your opinion. i just look at the recipe to see if its something i would try. i don't pay attention to cross contamination cause i know how to cook and in my kitchen i protect my family. maybe try watching the programs for face value rather than being nit picky. the shows are for recipes anyways, if you would like to try it, jot down some ingredients or go to their website. cook the way you always would. I really don't think they expect you to do exactly everything they do to make the recipe. use your common sense. I have been watching food network since they first aired many years ago. I love the channel, i love the chefs. i don't judge them, they are there to show us some recipes and entertain us. don't get so caught up in the little details.
Jan. 11, 2011 8:16 am
Haha....the only thing that drives me nuts about the Sandra show is her "tablescapes"! There is entirely too much on the table and her outfits always match!! lol
Jan. 11, 2011 8:21 am
Another thing. i love food network, i watch it with my kids who are both boys! its rare to find a show i can watch with my boys that i am actually interested in as well. plus, it shows my boys how to cook and be creative. its a long way from home-ec class in high school! my kids like Sandra Lee and most of the chefs on that channel and now they are getting into the new cooking channel. I record the different shows according to what they are cooking, not what they are wearing or if i can afford their table scapes or not. if me and my kids are watching and a show comes on and they are cooking something we would never try, then we change the channel. we don't sit and scrutinize their cross contamination habits or if their boobs are hanging out. our favorite is Paula Deen, because we are transplanted form the south, we love Guy Fieri and also of course the one we originally started watching the channel with- Emeril! and they are entertained by Alton brown and Duff from the ace of cakes show, and we love watching diner, drive-ins and dives with Guy Fieri, and they love watching American iron chef even though 99% of the stuff we wouldn't eat lol! you need to sit back and watch the shows at face value, dont put so much negativeness into it. be entertained and loosen up!
Jan. 11, 2011 8:25 am
Right on, SusieQ! It is NOT a sign of insecurity to be disgusted by a person's immodesty. And food safety matters, because some people who see the show will not know better. Thanks, ruby sparkle, for pointing out that ladies should pull back their hair. That is something my mom just cannot seem to remember. No one likes to find hair in their food.
Jan. 11, 2011 8:27 am
All are entitled to their own opinions and have the right to express them. The important thing to remember is that you must NEVER put knives in the dishwasher. NEVER!NEVER!NEVER! Are you insane? I must insist you stop immediately! Sorry. Sorry. Time for my meds. I'll go now.
Jan. 11, 2011 8:28 am
I'm over sixty and i like all the food shows for the ideas they present. I've seen all the boobs i want. I'd like the food ideas now. If you don't like the show change the channel. if your watching the programs you should have some of your own ideas about food safety already.
Jan. 11, 2011 8:30 am
Food network is my FAVORITE channel to watch:) Paula Deen is my favorite:)
Jan. 11, 2011 8:40 am
OMG SassySuzyQ! You are my new hero! Way to go!
Jan. 11, 2011 8:40 am
For Susie Q and those that commented on the cross-contamination issue. Please remember that these cooking shows produced by Food Network are usually all day productions. A dish amy be cooked several times in that day, just so the cameraman can get the "perfect shot." While not all of the Food Network Celebs are "trained" chefs, they have all worked in the Food Industry and know how to prevent cross-contamination. If you want to blame someone about the lack of food safety being displayed in these shows, slam the video editors who make the final cut of the show. They are the ones that decide to cut-out or keep a particular portion of video in the final edit. I'm pretty sure that in the actual taping of the show Sandra Lee did in fact wash the utensil before using it with the chicken or fish, she may have even had another utensil that looked exactly the same that she used - but we did not see it. Ah, the magic of television!! As for the costumes/clothing of the Food Network chefs, if you want to complain that the ladies are showing too much cleavage, write Food Network - you are on the internet, its not hard to find that information. Personally, I am like a few others that have commented - I look at the shows for the ideas and recipes. Not to see what the hosts are wearing. Please remember, the shows on Food Network are to give home cooks entertainment and ideas - they are not meant as an instructional guide on how to cook (unless they say so, ie. "How to Boil Water", etc.)
Jan. 11, 2011 9:44 am
$andra Lee used to be married to Bruce Karatz, CEO of KB Home. She doesn't have to cook or know how, but I think her idea about putting things you already have in packages together with some fresh ingredients to make something fast is helpful.
Jan. 11, 2011 10:28 am
I used to watch her on occasion (Semi-Homemade) when I was bored. The worst part for me is she talks to the audience like we're babies. It bugs me so much!
Jan. 11, 2011 10:34 am
Whoa, a little uptight are we?
Jan. 11, 2011 10:48 am
This is all so deja vu. For the umpteenth time lets just all dogpile on the newbie and run her off AR. Have seen this so many times it's getting a little warn out, don'tcha think? I happen to like SusieQ's spunk.
Jan. 11, 2011 10:55 am
WOW!! What did you guys do with the nice bunch of people who used to blog here? I can't believe the amount of vitriol that's being dished out here, and I'm seeing more and more of it. Why don't you find something more productive to do like go serve in a soup kitchen or mentor at-risk kids, or shovel some snow for the elderly lady down the street. I am probably making myself persona non grata here but, get a grip and find a better way to use all that energy.
Jan. 11, 2011 11:07 am
I am so glad you all can't see MY chest! Wow! And, Michelle, how is Patty Cakes is not stirring up trouble by expressing her opinion and has as much right to do that here as everyone else - and no one is required to agree with everyone else . . .
Jan. 11, 2011 11:16 am
I understand that, but there's a kinder gentler way. I'm expressing my opinion too. And a bit too harshly, I confess. This seems to be a trend here that I haven't seen in the past, and that's my point. Nuff said, this a food blog and not a debate site.
Jan. 11, 2011 11:19 am
YAY!!!! FINALLY, someone sees what we here do also, about Sandra Lee. I hate to be the barer of bad news but it's NOT just her! Sooooo many of the chefs on that channel act the way she does in regard to the mishandling of food. Watching Iron Chef can be difficult at times, for the do what she does and sometimes ......WORSE! I mean, Rachel Ray may get on some people's nerves but at least she washes her hands and reminds people to do the same. Don't believe that SOOOO many people out there DON'T know that?? Well, watch the premiere episode of the new season of Worst Cook in America. You'll see. some have noooo common sense when it comes to food sanitation. By the way, I don't think your comments were harsh at all. And the one was JUST a joke, after all. As for having OCD? No.No way. You're just careful. For those of you who do wonder where she came from.....QVC. She was a host on there for about 10years. Nooooo training as a cook/chef whatsoever. I even remember her saying lots of times.....'I can't cook'. THAT'S why I don't take her seriously.
Jan. 11, 2011 11:19 am
Can't we all just get along?!?......
Jan. 11, 2011 11:45 am
This is a good read, thanks for the laugh.
Jan. 11, 2011 11:50 am
"Food Poisoning" Hmmm....Think I'll check out this blog, see what new, applicable information on food poisoning is shared: OOPS! this must not be an AR site. At least not what I expected. Don't think I'll get updated here. How disappointing - lots of words, no actual AR-related, educational topics. Oh well, bet these gals just got sidetracked. (I wonder if they considered continuing this discussion on FaceBook or something, instead?) Hmmmm...
Jan. 11, 2011 12:02 pm
Its cocktail time!!! LOL. Im with you SusieQ, I don't like her (and no I dont watch her). But if you want a laugh look up her Kwanza cake on youtube. It makes me giggle (and please ignore all the cranky people on your blog) :)
Jan. 11, 2011 12:11 pm
To Susie Q - If you dont like someone's show just move on. And what a chef does on his or her show is left to the chef. Personally I dont care for any of them so I dont watch their shows. And even if you watch some of the shows, please exercise your grey cells, use judgement and do what you think is the healthiest practice in your kitchen. And if you have concerns write to the Food Network. I dont know if the you posted this just to just to cover up her own insecurity about your body? And yes, all members are free to express their opinions on this platform.
Jan. 11, 2011 12:21 pm
Hahaha! Wow, when I checked yesterday, I had 18 comments, and now 53. I've read all of them. Of all the comments, I'd like to point out Anne's as being right on target with my opinion. To those to knock on me for being insecure because Sandra Lee's boobs sag: sorry to disappoint you, but you won't find any fodder there, and my skin's too thick to pay much attention. I just think it's disgusting to have her boobs falling out everywhere, and I don't want her to drop a nearly-bare nipple in the halibut. Or splash her cleavage with hot oil. Which is why I keep my girls inside while I cook, kthx. Saggy breasts are fine and dandy and natural, but there comes a point in a woman's life where she really should roll them back up into her bra and put on an apron, for crying out loud.
Jan. 11, 2011 12:22 pm
I have never seen the point of Sandra Lee's premise. In the time it takes to use her processed, prepared concoctions, a person with minimal cooking skill could prepare s nutritious meal. Her tablescapes are too over the top for my taste. I too often wonder what Foodnetwork was thinking when they gave her a show. I do think SusieQ is a bit harsh in the way she communicates, but I do mostly agree with her. I just hope she doesn't take it upon herself to advise our new governor on ways to save money on school lunches.
Jan. 11, 2011 12:47 pm
Ewwww, I wouldn't eat in Sandra's kitchen, either! I don't even use sponges in my kitchen, I use good old towels and dishcloths that get laundered regularly. Sponges harbor all kinds of ick! I've never really watched any cooking shows (I'm not much of a TV person in general), I've seen the ads for that Hells Kitchen Ramsey guy, he just comes off as kind of a jerk, I don't wanna watch people like that. Rachel Ray is just a common irritant. I was doing the stuff she's doing twenty years ago. Please.
Jan. 11, 2011 12:51 pm
She actually started out dirt poor! You can google the info about how she made herself what she is. I too, disagree with her outfits, decor, "tablescapes", "cocktails", and her boobs hanging out like they are part of the dinner! I think she would be doing herself a favor to be a little bit more real.....maybe like Paula Deen!!
Jan. 11, 2011 12:57 pm
I've learned a lot from Food Network and I occasionaly use cream of mushroom soup and convenience foods, but Sandra Lee can NOT cook. I once saw her open up a bunch of pudding cups for a dessert. She couldn't make instant pudding? Robin Miller is another one that has a few good ideas but can NOT cook. Sunny Anderson is a great cook. Loving Anne Burrell too. I just don't think some of these people should have cooking shows.
Jan. 11, 2011 1:17 pm
She is VERY weird, but I can say I have never noticed her top half hanging out, I guess I dont look at her much. Giada on the other hand, hers are always out there, and her husbands family is loaded so I guess he bought HER show too. I would say Giadas husband bought HER a show before I would say someone bought Sandras. She actually has a very sad life story. I am also not OCD enough to have noticed her lack of kitchen safety. Does that make me not so great in the kitchen safety area? Maybe, but we have never gotten sick because I dont own 4 cutting boards and I dont sanitize every serfice with bleach after I cook/
Jan. 11, 2011 1:18 pm
and I apparently misspell sUrface.
Jan. 11, 2011 1:23 pm
Okay LADIES IMO it is time to retract your claws. Some of these comments are getting waaaay too graphic. :(
Jan. 11, 2011 1:38 pm
Jan. 11, 2011 1:51 pm
Seriously, the blogs on this site used to be so helpful and uplifting. I regret so much the ten minutes I just spent reading women bash one another and another woman that they have never met.
Jan. 11, 2011 2:17 pm
I need a beer.
Jan. 11, 2011 2:35 pm
Riz, I'd find it helpful if someone told me to not listen to a TV cook who has a shoddy technique and an irreverence for food safety. Then I get called OCD for implementing basic strategies that guarantee no one will die from eating my food. Sort of like calling someone OCD because he/she locks up the house before leaving for work. What I find funny is that people think I'm insecure for ragging on Sandra Lee's chest, when really my point was that I wouldn't want an errant body part that isn't properly covered up to fly into my food.
Jan. 11, 2011 2:57 pm
Watch Jamie Oliver on The Cooking Channel instead. ;)
emma p 
Jan. 11, 2011 3:01 pm
would love to see one of the male tv chefs turn around and lean to check the oven and just have on tightie-whities and an apron.
emma p 
Jan. 11, 2011 3:03 pm
oh and food safety is sooo important. there are people watching out there that can't heat up a can of corn without looking at the directions on the can to see how to do it.
Jan. 11, 2011 3:22 pm
Heat up a can of corn! Are you nutz? Here on the ar site we must all cook from scratch, even if it means growing our own corn and harvesting it! [please note 'tongue in cheek']
Jan. 11, 2011 4:02 pm
Bitter with a side of JEALOUS!!!
Jan. 11, 2011 4:08 pm
Riz & Sarah W.: I couldn't agree more. Jena: ME TOO after reading all this BS.
Jan. 11, 2011 4:13 pm
Oooh OK, I get it now. Susie Q is an AR newbie.
Jan. 11, 2011 4:16 pm
Oooh, the dreaded sophomoric stage...
Jan. 11, 2011 4:18 pm
Oh, SWchef, my beer just Pfffffttt all over my screen. Amen, sister, a-freaking-men. Thank you from those of use who are proud to use cream of whatever soup from a (say it loud) CAN!!!!!!
Jan. 11, 2011 4:18 pm
Oh Suzie Q, you made me laugh. I am not sure what time or if we can even get Sandra Lee here in Canada. I have on occassion watched her while spending time in the States and it was a Christmas show. She made so many things and the show flew along so fast that my head spun. She wore a beautiful red sweater that was off the shoulders and I thought then how strange an outfit to be wearing for a cooking show. I would be so uncomfortable wearing something like that (if you were actually working), (let alone working in the kitchen). Found the show a little odd and her a little fake and too good to be true? I am not a big fan of Giada either, is it me or does her head seem to large for that little narrow body of hers? Please don't everyone jump on me for that comment or this one either, but I give her another 25 years and her body is going to have to match the size of her melon.
Jan. 11, 2011 4:28 pm
This the best ever! Now I know who to watch on the Food network!
Jan. 11, 2011 4:52 pm
"AR newbie"? You crack me up.
Jan. 11, 2011 5:43 pm
I've noticed a lot of unsafe food handling on cooking shows and on cooking segments of talk shows. I rarely can watch them for that reason. I realize that it's probably because they are short on time, but I wonder about what new or young cooks are learning from watching these things. I've seen people in real life with unsafe habits in their own kitchens, too. It always makes me nervous to eat their food, because I've had food poisoning and it scares me.
Jan. 11, 2011 5:44 pm
Since I am the naked chef, I know all too well about hot oil splattering! You are coreect about cross contamination! Never use a utensil on raw fish and then stick it somewhere else! Have fun kids! ;)
Jan. 11, 2011 7:00 pm
Well, ok. But my Italian farmer Grandfather, and his father too, said "in life you will eat pounds of dirt". And they were right. What they meant was humans are not meant to eat or live in a sterile fashion. Mostly, if you're OVER protecting yourself from every germ, when they DO get you, you have no immunity, and you're hosed. Skip the anti-bacterial soap, and go ahead and eat the raw cookie dough. Hell, I grew up eating tastes of raw meatballs and never once got sick eating raw meat and eggs. Just because you're curious to know if I'm right, google "Mersa and how Norway killed it" or something like that, and you will see that countries who STOPPED freaking out about "contamination" are now much healthier. Calgon, take me away, but don't bleach me. I need my bacteria. Thanks. :D
Jan. 11, 2011 7:08 pm
I see what you're saying -- I used to be engaged to a Lebanese guy whose family had raw kibbeh at every holiday. So I've eaten raw lamb dozens of times. I'm just saying it's irresponsible and dangerous to have a cooking show that promotes practices that could be harmful to people that don't know any better.
Jan. 11, 2011 7:10 pm
As a previous poster mentioned, they do not include every camera shot of hand washing. There are many cuts and retakes, re-cooking, etc. You can see similar examples on EVERY cooking show. I have seen them all. I have worked in many kitchens and believe me kitchen professionals are far from perfect when it comes to being clean!
Jan. 11, 2011 8:07 pm
Thank You XRayBarb. Love and miss you!
Jan. 11, 2011 8:21 pm
cuppat, you are correct. Television is just entertainment and they have to work in a lot of camera shots of the food demo(s) within the allotted time period [it’s scripted]... Look at Rachael Ray with her ‘30 minute meals’... often she is going so fast, she's breathless! Sandra Lee knows and follows safe food practices (it's required... even people in your local store deli has a certificate and completed a basic course about food safety/handling/temps, etc.)... It would be the Director or the Program-Editing Department that somehow goofed when they pieced the film together for that recipe! They rent those TV studios and film several segments within that rented time. Everything is all “prepped” and ready to film… she just is giving a quick demo for the audience. It's all just Show Biz for the camera to make it interesting for us to watch, that's all. Sandra is very qualified and wonderful... They have an interesting bio about her that I saw a couple years ago [I think on Food Network], and I really appreciate her more after watching it. For anyone inclined, they could look up a brief bio about Sandra Lee and learn about her interesting background and qualifications. I like her but do not get a chance to see her often. I don’t think Sandra Lee would expect anyone to follow her full table-scapes! She would probably be shocked if you did, but you might get one or two ‘ideas’; there is a lot of time and effort by the studio to produce those little half-hour programs… the show has the budget to hire their staff to put all that together to make it interesting, to fit a half-hour theme (even her wardrobe fits ‘the theme’) that’s all – It’s staged theater, it’s an organized business. They plan, write, design, order, coordinate, script, direct, stage, film, edit… then, they do another one, and another and probably film several half-hour shows consecutively in that rented studio. Sandra Lee is a very successful lady for many reasons.
Jan. 11, 2011 8:24 pm
OH and Uh Michelle? Thank You for making me feel like Sh!t! You point me out, I am not the only one with an opinion. So in your mind, everyone has to think the way You do or they are bored people, looking to find ways of offening people? Did I get that right or am I still not Allowed to express my thoughts and not drive people away? BTW, if you had read what I said, I said I was Sorry to Susie.
Jan. 11, 2011 8:40 pm
I haven't seen Sandra Lee, but from the discussion, it seems to me that the point here is that, even if Sandra Lee follows accepted sanitation practices, her SHOW is irresponsible because it implies otherwise - and hey, if Sandra Lee does it on TV, it must be okay, right? From the description of her style of cooking, I do have to wonder what percentage of her viewers are experienced, responsible cooks and what percentage are newbies who will believe what they see. As for scratch vs convenience foods, I ain't gonna touch that one! In my 45 years of adult life, I've been on both sides of that fence (as my circumstances changed). I much prefer scratch cooking when I can do it, but I'm not going to criticize anyone for looking for creative ways to put a quick meal on the table after work, or to make an appealing dinner out of low-cost convenience foods.
Jan. 11, 2011 8:49 pm
I've never heard of her. We love watching Alton Brown and Bitchin' Kitchen. They have some very good pointers. In spite of the insane back and forth banter, I agree that one starring in a cooking show needs to make sure when the camera is on, there is no cross-contamination. People may copy this and then get very sick.
Jan. 11, 2011 8:52 pm
I agree with you, Belinda, and I'm 59 years old. If I look at processed foods, my ankles instantly swell :) so I try to stay with unprocessed. But many American women don't have a lot of time. Still, I hope the viewing audience is careful about cross-contamination. There has been much publicity about restaurants making people very sick due to this.
Jan. 11, 2011 8:52 pm
michelle, how about you stop telling people what to do? patty cakes wasnt stirring any pot, she even apologized if she had offended anyone. everyone is entitled to their own opinions... i have never known patty cakes to just start stuff, and you sound very catty for no reason. i dont understand howyou think your comment is conducive to eliminating drama here?
Jan. 11, 2011 8:56 pm
If ya' got em' flaunt em' and if you can cook, flaunt that too. And if you dont'like it quit watching. I don't care for Rachael Ray, I find her pretentious, therefore I don't watch her.
Jan. 11, 2011 9:02 pm
Suzie Q, you seem to have everything well in control here, but I'd like to add my voice to those requesting that you not listen too seriously to any of these people bashing you! This is the first time I've EVER commented on a blog despite reading such AR "celebrities" as Swiss Phil and redneck gramma—after seeing so many of you gang up against an "AR newbie" and lamenting "the dreaded sophomoric stage", I regret that I EVER encouraged my mother (who is in her fifties and a wide-eyed innocent internet "newbie", and coincidentally very dear to me) to join this site to make friends, and I'll be discouraging her from it now. Frankly, I'm ashamed.
Jan. 11, 2011 9:53 pm
Ah, well -- The holidays are over, our wonderful creations did/did not get high praise, and we're all carrying around about 5-10 lbs. that we just finished working off from holidays the year before... we know it's useless to take it out on the DH's -- what to do? Oooo! Write a critical blog! Oooo! Criticize the critical blog! OOoo! Ready, set -- take sides!! Okay, I'm done--but some yoga will probably help us all work out some of the January mean moods - and it's just a phase, y'all, not the end of Allrecipes as we all know and love it....
Jan. 11, 2011 10:21 pm
Google Sandra Lee and you'll find among foodies she Is widely known for being a fraud. She doesn't even come up with her own recipes but pays others to.Have you ever seen another cookbook with so many pictures of the author? It's all about her, not the food.
Jan. 11, 2011 10:23 pm
Wow! This got plenty catty didn't it? SuzyQ, you made it pretty clear that you don't like Aunt Sandie, as she often calles herself, and I'm not too cray about her shows either, but I've never been inclined to imply that she "Ho'd" her way to the top as you did in your "Who is she dating that has so much money to buy her a show?" statement. As for proper food safety, I tend to side with the camp that points out the obvious detail of production and editing being responsible for what we see.
Jan. 11, 2011 10:34 pm
I don't cross contaminate and I eat my kibbeh fried.
Jan. 11, 2011 10:46 pm
"Eating popcorn". This is great reading.
Jan. 12, 2011 5:40 am
I liked Susie Q's comments, it's the first AR blog I've read (I'm usually here for the recipes!) and I thought it was quite humorous. The comments below? Holy cow people, lighten up! Sandra Lee gets paid gobs of money to show you how to cook from cans & boxes, and the stuff doesn't even look edible (watch the Kwanzaa cake video on Youtube, you'll want to gag). If you're defending her & the production techniques of the Food Network, that says it all right there. Get a life. Oh, and I find it hard to believe that Sandra Lee keeps that figure (boobs & all) eating that high caloric muck she promotes on the show. The whole concept is a hoot. Go Susie Q!
Jan. 12, 2011 5:45 am
Sanda Lee is a mess. Just check out her Kwanza cake on You will be gagging and laughing all at the same time. Can't imagine anyone would want a Kwanza cake like that.
Jan. 12, 2011 6:08 am
My dear Magnolia Blossom...truer words were never spoken re: Ms. Lee....
Jan. 12, 2011 6:51 am
You are my new best friend. I hate that woman with every fiber of my being. I watch a lot of cooking shows, but when she comes on the screen I cringe. I call her Captain Starburries (Why captain? sounded good) because she can't say STRAWBERRIES and she's a major drunk. She puts TONS of vodka and gin in EVERY DRINK and says "oh, a little vodka for aunt sandy~!"
Jan. 12, 2011 7:03 am
Kuntrycook is correct, many of the so called "chefs" are really just t.v. personalities. My BIL works for a Manhattan rest. owned by Mario Batalli and he worked at the last Food and Wine show, his task was to prepare all of Giada's food ahead of time then she went onstage and "prepared" a meal. He did say she's beautiful though! I was disturbed the other day by the blonde heavyset woman who does Secrets of a Restaurant Chef because she was dipping the spoon in, tasting the broth and then shaking the excess off back into the pot. It made me gag a little but the food did look good!!!
Jan. 12, 2011 7:06 am
I've been reading and I must say I agree with Susie. I'm a pretty experienced cook and I would not handle/prepare food the way Sandra does. It is not OCD it is called being cautious. Would you really want to send your family or dinner guests to the hospital with some type of food poisoning? I think not. So everyone just chill out and let everyone have their own opinion. Oh and yes, the boob thing is just out of control. lol
Jan. 12, 2011 7:15 am
One comment to those who have pointed out camera/production techniques, editing, etc.: In the episode I was watching, it was all in one shot where she handled both raw fish and cooked food with the same tongs. I understand that she doesn't control the editing, but this was one continuous shot that I'm referring to. And there's no production mistake to account for her poor slicing technique. I thought she was going to lose a finger.
Jan. 12, 2011 7:26 am
Sandra Lee and her Kwanza cake! hahaha! Just go see her Semi-Homemade shows on youtube. Disgusting. It is not that difficult for busy Americans to eat healthy. We don't need Aunt Sandy to teach us cook that packaged full of artificial ingredients.
Jan. 12, 2011 7:53 am
I do not like the NFL but don’t write Blogs about how awful and very boring it is (to me). There are soooo many different personalities and chefs on the Food Network; obviously not every show concept will be “one size fits all.” Wouldn’t it make sense that if you don’t like what you are watching to just change the channel? Sandra Lee has been on that show for years and that single scene may have been one of the last to shoot after a very long production day with deadlines, and a rush to get it done without re-takes. Personally, I don’t really care if someone likes or dislikes a TV cooking demo and do not see the point of such vehemence about it. Write to the Food Network or their sponsors about it... I am sure others have already brought those issues to their attention; and I’ve noticed similar mistakes made by other chefs on TV. Be in control, it’s your house, use that remote. I have never met a perfect person yet, have you? Sorry, my DH and I are sitting here laughing at this Blog. Interesting. But, gotta run. Okay, have a great day everyone! LOL
Mel K 
Jan. 12, 2011 8:02 am
Though they're just making the food for a show, and probably don't need to be as conscious about their food handling during cooking, I agree that it's gross when you can plainly see the contamination. I think it's a good idea when the cook washes his/her hands on their show - not everybody knows these things, so it's a good example. If you were to follow her exactly, your dinner guests would be in the bathroom all night. And somebody play a violin for some of these food network devotees in the comments! My goodness - it's a blog, relax.
Jan. 12, 2011 8:03 am
passing popcorn, might have to make more!
Jan. 12, 2011 8:34 am
I recently joined AR as a supporting member. This thread makes me want my money back.
Sandi Darnelle 
Jan. 12, 2011 8:53 am
I came to this website today simply to get a recipe for pumpkin bread. Found one, printed it and looked over to the side and saw 'Food Poisoning'. Oh, I must read that! Read the article and all your comments and must tell you, I have been giggling for the past twenty minutes! You folks could give the commentors on some of the 'Housewives' blogs a run for their money!!
Jan. 12, 2011 9:00 am
On a whim I bought the Sandra Lee cookbook "Semi-Homemade". (I had never seen her show) I agree with Magnolia Blossom. For the most part her recipes are not particulary healthy and her decorating ideas are cheesy. Not a fan!
Jan. 12, 2011 9:36 am
Did anyone know that Sandra Lee donated a lot of $$ to the food pantry (in Western NY). Why is it that it takes so little to make people upset? No one is in the position to correct this blog author at all. IMO.
Jan. 12, 2011 10:06 am
Sandra Lee and everyone else on TV show their cleavage. I personally hate how provocative TV has now become, and I rarely even watch TV. I think that they should tone down everything. Its sad that we become so used to all of the "sexy"-ness on TV when its not supposed to be that way = (
Jan. 12, 2011 10:32 am
holy cracker jacks batman, this is crazy stuff, I thought this was a recipe site. Just joined, dont think I will ever post anything after reading this.
Anne C. 
Jan. 12, 2011 11:04 am
This blog has had me laughing for two days! I never paid attention to Sandra Lee before. I just checked out her "Kwanza" cake and "Baked Potato Ice Cream" on YouTube. DISGUSTING! I cannot comprehend how anyone can take that woman seriously. She's a total drunk, too!
Jan. 12, 2011 2:25 pm
You people need to get over her makes you sound catty and jealous
Jan. 12, 2011 2:47 pm
Yep, made more popcorn...and now eating more popcorn sitting on edge of my seat waiting for the next salvo to be posted.
Jan. 12, 2011 4:31 pm
Here's_What's_Cookin' -- go easy on the butter. Wouldn't want you to clog an artery. Skarsgard1 -- Uh... ew, jealous of what?
Jan. 12, 2011 5:19 pm
I'm with Here's_What's_Cookin'....pass the popcorn... ;) I love a good blog that gets everyone in a tizzy! LOL!
Jan. 12, 2011 6:04 pm
Hey, Susie Q. I'm seeing a trend here. This post in your blog is concerned about "errors in proper food handling", who's funding her show and cleavage "falling out. Now you are ASSuming I use butter on my popcorn and you want to criticize/find fault in that! Police your own house please. You gotta be a liberal...the trending theme in your observations and comments are textbook left leaning. Gotta go...time to AIR POP more corn for me and my friends.
Jan. 12, 2011 6:11 pm
If you think that's bad.. you should see her corn nut kwanzaa cake video LOL.
Jan. 12, 2011 6:57 pm
Jan. 12, 2011 7:38 pm
Here's_What's_Cookin': You also crack me up. Not sure which part of your blabber was supposed to be insulting, if at all...?
Jan. 12, 2011 9:53 pm
HWC SHOOTS AND SCORES! I would like butter on my popcorn please and a diet Dr.Pepper too, Thanks Cookin!
Jan. 13, 2011 7:58 am
In my opinion, it's all just entertainment and if I waste time on a show that doesn't entertain me it's my fault. I like to watch Emeril even though he uses that towel for EVERYTHING. He makes cooking look fun and while that entertains me, it doesn't encourage me to have a bacteria ridden towel on my shoulder while I cook. Reminds me of the phrase "I'm not a doctor I just play one on tv". I might learn some medical terms on a medical show but I certainly shouldn't learn CPR from one. And I learned not to call names many years ago, but aaah....nope, that wasn't from tv either.
Jan. 13, 2011 5:40 pm
Who doesn't like butter on popcorn?? LOL Yummy!
Jan. 15, 2011 10:58 am
Why are folks so cranky???? I agree with the catty and jealous remark. I remember the good old days where the rule was, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it."
Feb. 26, 2011 6:59 am
good reading! I have always loved "people watching". :) I have never watched Sandra Lee, or really any of the other cooking shows, but this makes me want to tune in. I am a little disturbed by the cattiness on here. I am an AR "newbie" and have always felt like new opinions would be welcomed. I will re-think that. I don't know Susie Q, but I enjoyed this blog (& the comments) and I really think that she wasn't really being catty for the sake of being catty....she expressed her opinion in her hilarious way, and the people that took offense turned it catty. Just sayin.
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I'm a technical writer living in Lafayette, IN. I go into why I started cooking in my blog... let's just say there was a man involved.
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Rib roast, my special green beans, anything Mexican (especially fajitas), egg souffle, baked salmon, my roasted potatoes, anything I haven't cooked before
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Like any Hoosier family -- corn on the cob!
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Impressing my brother, who is an awesome cook, with my lasagna; getting my cousin to eat vegetables for the first time ever, as mine are apparently more palatable somehow.
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