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I've Figured You Out, Rachel Ray....
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I have to admit that I absolutely LOVE Rachel Ray. Though this post may sound otherwise. But believe me...I'm a fan of RR.
I love her cookbooks.
I love her 5 quart oval saute' pan.
I love her phrases like EVOO, Yum-Oh and Sammies.
But when she talks about 30 minute meals--she's forgetting to tell you one small detail.
Her recipe's usually can't be done in 30 minutes unless you have the thing memorized.
Think about it.
You open up her 30 minute meal cook book and decide to make one of her famous recipes. You've planned ahead and gotten the ingredients while out doing your weekly shopping. But as soon as you sit down and get all the stuff out of the 'fridge and cupboard, you're constantly reading, chopping, stirring, and so on. Only to find that 30 minutes came and went 10 minutes ago.
Granted, it usually helps to prepare ahead of time. I don't know about you, but since I can't chop my veggies like the Iron Chef, I usually do some of that prep-work ahead of time. But even when I do a lot of that prep work, I find that I still can't do it under 30 minutes. Either the chicken isn't cooked within the 8 minutes she suggests, or I've burned the garlic and now I have to start over (you just can't save the dish once the garlic is burned...).
Now don't get me wrong....the Rachel Ray cookbooks in our house get quite the work out. Just last night I made her Indian Summer Smokey Chili. The Big Guy LOVES that chili. And considering it was 30 degrees yesterday, it was perfect.
But I realized last night as I was making dinner that the only Rachel Ray 30 Minute Meal I've ever made in 30 minutes or less was her Black Bean soup.
The only reason I have?
Because I have the recipe memorized.
I'm sorry Rachel Ray. But the jig is up. Please report back to home ec. and turn in your slotted spoon.